Talisker 18 Year Old

70cl / 45.8%
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Talisker 18 Year Old
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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.
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18 Year Old

Talisker 18 Year Old Reviews

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]

30 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 July

    I was a fan of the Distiller''s Edition but this is just as good. If comparing various 18YO expressions, in my opinion t is equally as good as Highland Park 18YO and a good bit cheaper.

  • 4
    4 February

    This 18yr old has a fair hint of iodine and a light smokiness that does not hinder the palate when explorer the butter caramel notes. Enjoyable to say the least and has me interested in trying other drams within the same age bracket. A nice teenage bottle that definitely makes me want to expand my horizon with the 25yr old 2005 which I have waiting for me. Cheers.

  • 4
    30 January

    Definitely a enjoyable malt with a great balance between all elements of salinity, sweetness, and smokiness. Tread with caution because you can turn a bottle up side down pretty easily making it an expensive habit. It surely holds up with other 18yr Olds but if you really enjoy smokiness, I think the Lagavulin 16 holds the upper hand and if you enjoy the overall balance then maybe the Oban 14 can give it a run for its money. I have the Talisker 25 yr old and look forward to enjoying it.

  • 25 December 2013

    This is the best talisker whisky I have tried smooth with a peppery finish fantastic whisky glad I got it before it sold out.

  • 19 May 2013

    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 !)...

  • 5 March 2013

    Turtle and raspberry on the nose. Like a bat out on the town. Sensational.

  • 3 November 2012

    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

  • 12 July 2012

    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!

  • 2 February 2012

    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

  • 10 January 2012

    Lovely - like licking a tyre.

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