A massive success as the island representative in Diageo's 'Classic Malts' series, Talisker 10yo's profile keeps increasing as more fans discover its intense coastal spicy, peaty character. A truly elemental malt. Malt Maniacs Awards 2010: Best Natural Cask Award 2010 (Daily Drams)
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CountryScotlandRegionIslandBottlerDistillery BottlingAge10 Year Old
Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that give the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker's smoke, which ain't as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Appearance: Brilliant gold.
Nose: Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, a citrus sweetness.
Palate: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of pepper.
Finish: Huge, long, warming peppery finish with an appetising sweetness.
Customer Reviews:(61 reviews)
This is the first time I had to practise with a whisky, it made me work. I wasn't sure about it
at first but at around the half way point of a small bottle, something clicked!
I've not tried an abundance of whisky I must say, but this is complex treat and the "explosion" from the
back of the mouth that people talk about is definitely true.
I would get this again it is truly worth a try and I think one of the few that live up
to the hype
- En_robot, 9th April
Talisker 10 year old certainly tops the single malts. This a favourite of mine amongst other Talisker Single Malts. Talisker is the best Single Malt Whisky that I have had. Slainte
- Dr Alasdair Fyfe, 24th February
Very nice Island malt. Could really taste the sea salt and nice flow of smoke. Perfect winter warmer.
- anonymous, 1st February
Nose: Big peat smoke and iodine with integrated sweetness. Palate: Big, smoky, intense, explosive in the back of the mouth yet obviously sweet and fruity. Restless dram yet somehow well-balanced between nose and palate, full of character. No water needed. Brilliant winter dram. Is there a better and more consistent Islander at 10 YO of age? I don't think so.
- Scotch Fan , 24th Dec '13
As Ruaraidh says above, the awful Covent Garden ad agency-style packaging almost put me off buying what turned out to be a reasonably-priced and great-tasting whisky, certainly packing the briny tang other critics have noted here. This is only the second good whisky I have tried after a bottle of The Dalmore 15-years-old; the journey ahead looks set to be an enjoyable one.
- Mike Collins, 26th Aug '13
Surprised by all the comments about this whiskey's peatiness. I'm no fan of Islay whiskeys, but this one IMO, is awesome. No big peaty flavor, just delicious honey, smokey flavor.
- Daniel , 2nd Jun '13
This is one of the great whiskies, It should be in every drinks cupboard.This is the one bottle I would not leave behind.
- Johnny Norfolk, 16th May '13
Talisker is a phenomenal 10yr. Bottled at a higher strength with a depth and complexity that will amaze newcomers and also satisfy the most experienced palates. Unless you can't stand any peat in your whisky this is definitely one everyone must try.
- The Colonel, 7th Apr '13
I think Talisker is one of the great whiskies. No gimicks just a super whisky to enjoy on your own after a busy day, or with friends and family.
All Island whiskies are something special, and to my mind this is the best.
- Johnny Norfolk, 28th Mar '13
One of the most popular malts around and rightly so, there's something about this Island malt that helps it endure. Sweet smokiness, depth, maritime salt - just gorgeous really. Definitely one to have on your shelf once you're making your way boldly into the wonderful world of scotch.
- Sean Sankey, 4th Dec '12
My favourite winter mountain biking dram.
- Bonzo, 27th Nov '12
It's still the "Go To" single malt in this price range - the older Taliskers are just sublime, a testimony to the art of whisky making, but I have to say the new packaging for the ten is really tacky, it very nearly put me off buying a replacement for the one I just finished.
- Ruaraidh, 27th Nov '12
Been a fan of this for a few years: absolutely stonking whisky. It combines smoky and sweet flavors perfectly IMO. Great value too.
- FM, 27th Nov '12
This is my kind of whisky for a winters night. Someone described it as "liquid Harris Tweed," and both keep you warm.I think it is very good value for money and worth trying. Hope you like it as well.
- Johnny Norfolk., 15th Oct '12
After tasting over one hundred different malts I can tell this: As an overall impression, this is simply the best whisky of them all!
Although it is an isle product, it combines the isle and the highland aroma in a best possible way! As Tina Turner would put it: Simply the best!
- Slobodan Mitrovic, 25th Sep '12
big let down for me to much smoke i think
- martyn, 14th Aug '12
really, really big flavor. is it better than laphroaig? not in my opinion, is it of the same quality? no sadly, i think i rate laphroaig too high.
however at the price, and the extra strength these little differences are do not add up too all that much.
personally i think it is the best value for money for any peat lover, it is also a change from islay. 87.5/100
- bobby, 9th Aug '12
Where have you been all my life! Got Talisker 10 year old as a bithday present at my 50 years birthday. There is no way back, absolutely spendid whisky!
- Icelander...., 28th Feb '12
This single malt has everything going for it and is excellent value for money: Strong flavours mainly peat and oak a very warming malt and at 45.8% the alcohol effect is quick to hit home, perfect for winter sat in front of a roaring fire.
- JW, 26th Nov '11
Currently my favourite whisky (mind you this changes regularly). This ticks almost every box for me (price, value, taste..). Ideal for those who like the smokey aspect of a whisky but find Laphroaig a little too harsh