Talisker 10 Year Old

70cl / 45.8%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Talisker 10 Year Old
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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.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
10 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Island

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Heather Heather
  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Malt Malt

Talisker 10 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate

    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.

    90 Points

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Appearance: Brilliant gold.
     
    Nose: Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, a citrus sweetness.

    Body: Full.

    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.

70 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    17 July

    Unbelievable. I''ve tried a fair amount of scotches across the board now, and I have to say that this is one of the best. Laphroaig I found just far too punishing to be enjoyable other than to a select crowd, but Talisker has just the right amount of smoke to give it tremendous flavour without entering the realm of ridiculous. Beautiful hit of tangy fruit right off the bat and a full mouthfeel combined with a lingering and sweet smokiness that simply has to be experienced. An experience...I can feel the sea spray and hear the roar of the ocean when tasting this one.

  • 4
    27 June

    A very enjoyable smoke in this one. It lingers immensely without overpowering the silky flow. Pleasantly surprised.

  • 1
    5 June

    Traditionally compared to the Islay malts, however this dram tastes somewhat neutered to me. It is sad, if indeed the character of the whisky has changed from what it was before. Back to Lagavulin and Laphroaig for me.

  • 5
    3 June

    Don''t be put off by the low rating compared to other whiskeys, This is a fine whiskey

  • 3
    1 May

    Talisker 10 y.o has certainly lost its way. It is definitely sweeter and has lost the smack of seaweed and pepper that it used to have.

  • 5
    6 January

    Great blend of smoke and sweetness - with fire to finish! Very enjoyable.

  • 5
    1 January

    Was dubious to try, some bad feedback on here. Gotta say I love it :)

  • 2
    3 December 2014

    FM, there is nothing wrong with your tastebuds, Talisker 10 is not what used to be. Considerably sweeter and duller than few years ago. I think it''s because of new cheaper production methods which intend to meet growing demand.

  • 3
    2 December 2014

    What happened Talisker? I reviewed this on 27th November 2012 and thought it was fantastic; at the time, it was my all-time-favorite. Haven''t drunk it for a while and bought a new bottle recently. I''ve been mainly drinking American whiskeys at home, with the odd Highland Scotch here and there. I don''t know if my palette has changed in the 2 years since but now it just doesn''t taste as good. It''s harsher than it was and adding water doesn''t seem to help. The flavors don''t seem to combine the way they did and there''s an aftertaste that lingers in a slightly unpleasant way. Still decent (3 stars) but not what it was IMO.

  • 9 April 2014

    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

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