Talisker 18 Year Old

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Talisker 18 Year Old
70cl / 45.8%
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling

One of our all-time favourite malts, Talisker 18 years old is a masterpiece from one of Scotland's greatest distilleries, and was named 'Best Single Malt Whisky in the World' at the World Whiskies Awards in 2007. Stunning balance of peat, spice and sweetness.

Please note this is limited to one bottle per customer.

World Whiskies Awards
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Tasting Notes:
Producer's Tasting Notes

Appearance: Amber.

Nose: Rich and fruity – Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel – with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water maritime characteristics emerge – dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.
Body: Full. Pleasant, smooth.

Palate: Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The overall effect is warming. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee.

Finish: Medium length. Talisker’s™ characteristic chilli ‘catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.

Tasting notes by Annabel Meikle

Baked orange pudding sprinkled with cinnamon, pomanders and a trace of manila envelope. A silky mouth feel and develops into richer orange marmalade with burnt edges.

[These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine's World Whisky Awards]

Tasting Notes by Dominic Roskrow

Toffee and rich peat smoke on the nose. The alcohol bite on the palate gives way to rich sweet peat smoke, some sea notes and plenty of peppery spice. Nicely rounded and complete. Some wood, too, suggesting its age. Like chewing honeycomb and smoky bacon at the same time. Long, spicy and peaty finish. Whisky doesn’t get much finer than this.

[These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine's World Whisky Awards]

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

Elegant with fascinating balance between smoke and subtle sweet fruit. Ever changing in the glass and on the palate. Gentle waves of flavour, superb balance and a classic peppery finish. Seamless.

[These notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine's World Whisky Awards]

Customer Reviews:(27 reviews)
This is the best talisker whisky I have tried smooth with a peppery finish fantastic whisky glad I got it before it sold out.
- Kevin ingham, 25th Dec '13
Always love Talisker & all of its bottlings, the mythic place, the waves, the Scotch - ah, the more i read, the more I want to hold one to the few bottles left in my stockpile. 18y ? well, it must be sacrificed to save the 21y CS ! ! (sigh !)...
- Toronto Tim, 19th May '13
Turtle and raspberry on the nose. Like a bat out on the town. Sensational.
- anonymous, 5th Mar '13
I put off trying Talisker malts because I like Speyside ones. It was a mistake after trying Talisker's 18 yr old bottling. This 18 yr old lives up to the praise given to it by so many fans. It is just outstanding and the smokiness just doesn't overwhelm you. I like the body and balance in this scotch. I have found a store with several bottles left in the US and they won't stay on the shelf very long
- anonymous, 3rd Nov '12
I have visited the distillery 3 times and enjoyed most of their whisky. The 18 is a masterpiece. I love the 12 but for those special times go for the 18. If you are lucky enough, try the 25 in the Old Inn in Carbost near the distillery. Heaven!
- Rummidgy, 12th Jul '12
This is exceptional whisky.. I'm a big fan of the 10 yo but this is Whisky Nirvana... layers of golden honey, fish-oil, ginger, chili-oil, oranges, sun cream? well that's what I nosed and a host of oaks and sap oil... beautiful stuff
- Matt Glazier London, 2nd Feb '12
Lovely - like licking a tyre.
- anonymous, 10th Jan '12
An excellent whisky! Very difficult to obtain in the US. I am told that it comes to the states in very limited quantities. If you get the chance I highly recommend getting 2 bottles, one for now and the other to save for a special occasion . I think that anyone who likes single malt will be impressed.
- Rod, 7th Dec '11
it's really a nice whisky , i love it , i will order it again .
- anonymous, 17th Nov '11
All-What am I missing. I get the medicinal and astingent flavors and that is it. I am slightly disappointed, expecting the smooth smokiness of a good scotch. Vanilla, rum and orange hints would take alot of imagination...
- anonymous, 9th Apr '11
A fabulous mature Island single malt with delicious smoke and trademark peppery finish. Many young whiskies lose some of their powerful characteristics as they age - but not Talisker! Underneath the elegantly seemless layers of wood and fruit, this 18yo has everything the already very good 10yo has to offer - and even more. Simply amazing! 9 out of 10
- VM, 31st Mar '11
The more I drink of my bottle the better it gets. *Seriously* good whisky. The beautiful spiced orange note is just perfection. I agree with the "anonymous" post, 28 Oct '10. I'm really not sure if I've ever tatsted such a balanced whisky...
- Mr Claw, 27th Jan '11
The real beauty of the 18 y/o is the balance. Yes there is peat, yes there is a maritime saltiness and yes there is the classic Talisker pepperiness we all adore. But it is the absolute harmony of it all coming together that makes it very, very special. Robert Louis Stevenson called Talisker "the King O Drinks" when it comes to the 18y/o..........he may have been right!JL Glasgow
- anonymous, 28th Oct '10
A stone cold classic. No other words for it.
- Mr Claw, 20th Oct '10
After more time to reflect and sample this Talisker, I have concluded it is truly magnificent. Simply outstanding.
- anonymous, 28th Aug '10
A truly classy dram, but almost too smooth for my liking. I really enjoy the 10yr old and 57 North, and simply adore the Distillers Edition, but for me this lacks the huge savoury punch you get with the others.However, the lack of power is replaced with elegance, and super smooth flavours of oak and a more subtle trade mark Talisker pepper finish.I fear the smoothness will lead to a 'quick finish' for the bottle!
- Rob Hughes, 19th Aug '10
An all time favorite and worth every penny, or cent....
- GJRR, 16th Jun '10
Given some to tasteI'm sure I would find it not too far from the ideal single malt whiskey one could be given. Post if you have some to give
- RJH dorset, 7th Mar '10
One of the best, most evocative and sensuous noses in the whisky industry. This is a peerless malt.
- James Saxon, 6th Mar '10
- anonymous, 2nd Mar '10
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