Talisker 2003
Distillers Edition

70cl / 45.8%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
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Talisker's Distillers Edition is finished in amoroso casks, similar in style to sweet oloroso sherry. This 2003 vintage has sweetness and fruitiness backing up the distillery's maritime character.

Distillery Bottling
Distillers Edition


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Clove Clove
  • Orange Orange
  • Grapefruit Grapefruit
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke

Talisker 2003 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    • Nose:

      Gorgeous combination of sea spray and brine, oyster shells and pink peppercorns, along with chewy malt, orange peel and plenty of fruit to tame the pepper and smoke. Classic Talisker fire but softer and sweeter.

    • Palate:

      Seville orange marmalade, then freshly ground black pepper, along with woodsmoke, clove and coriander seed. The aromatic smokiness builds, kept in check with the sweet, juicy notes of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Good fruity undercurrent to the savoury, peppery kick.

    • Finish:

      Like the dying embers of a fire, with a sprinkling of aromatic citrus.

    • Comment:

      A delightful combination of classic Talisker smoke and pepper, lifted with heady citrus notes.

19 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    9 August 2018

    Stunning! A must try gem from Talisker.

  • 5
    24 March 2018

    Splurged on a treat for myself and it is delicious. I like to open my single malts with just a bit of water. This one is responding nicely. I’m savoring the nose - orange, caramel, salt. The mouth is smooth and fruity but peppery... and oh gosh I’m wishing I had a huge platter of oysters right now.

  • 5
    23 March 2018

    Amazing the lingering taste is what has me hooked, like smoked fish at a camp fire, it is a joy to sip

  • 5
    18 March 2018

    Absolutely incredible whisky. I’ll be getting a few more to drink before the collectors get their hands on this.

  • 5
    17 March 2018

    Absolutely incredible. Smooth and rich. One bottle of this will not be enough for my drinking collection. Unbelievable.

  • 4
    3 January 2018

    Very good but just not quite as tasty as Talisker 18...sherry finish more than honey and spicy/smoky!Lovely dram and just sooo easy to sip....yummy!!!

  • 5
    17 November 2017

    The flavors and notes of this whiskey are one of the best I've ever tried. Highly worth the price.

  • 5
    14 November 2017

    Wasn't sure of it at first, because it suffers from the same problem of all Taliskers... it needs a few days (and a few missing drams from the bottle) after opening to start working. However, after a few days it rose to its full potential. It has the same character of the regular 10YO but with some additional complexity, sweetness and citrus almost orange taste, with that background smokiness and typical peppery kick of Talisker. Just lovely.

  • 5
    23 June 2017

    Different style of Talisker fruity and smoke ,good combination

  • 5
    23 June 2017

    very pleasant ,smooth and warming drink. I am no expert but I rate it well, my friend has been a whisky drinker for many years, say's it is the best one so far!

  • 5
    22 June 2017

    The Distillers Edition of this fantastic smokey dram is more of everything! It's more peaty, more fruity, richer, more flavousome and more smooth! It's the unique combination of sweet and peat and smooth! Easy choice for whisky of the year!

  • 5
    22 June 2017

    My husband has a bottle of this Talisker , and though I am not a Scotch lover by any means, this one has made me a fan! The smooth, smoky, w/ a wonderful aftertaste means now I will have to locate for him another bottle before long! Thanks to the makers of this excellent Single Malt Scotch, and look forward to a tasting one day.

  • 5
    11 December 2016

    Well, well, well. First, I am a big Talisker fan. I think the 10 is robust, packs the right amount of peat with a monster peppery finish. The Talisker 18 is arguably the finest dram I have ever had including all the big ones under 200 dollars. The Talisker SE fits right in between. I agree with the previous reviews. Fantastic fruity nose with a hint of smoke, great mouth feel, wonderful balance and a delicate smoke and pepper and a lovely sweetness on the finish. Could get into trouble with this one!

  • 5
    17 October 2016

    A great case of smoke with a hint of sweetness. Definitely a worthwhile buy

  • 5
    11 September 2016

    This is an awesome expression of Talisker. It has that great Talisker mouth feel and maritime taste we all love but with a touch of refined sweetness from the sherry casks. The sweetness is in the aftertaste though, don't get this confused with a sherry monster. At 11 years and 90 proof it's a good deal.

  • 5
    5 July 2016

    I first tasted this on the tour at the Talisker distillery, and just had to have a bottle. I got a nice sweet taste but still with that unique Talisker taste, a little bit less on the smoke/peat than the 10 year old.

  • 5
    15 June 2016

    15 of us did a tasting of 12 whiskeys and this one clearly marked higher than any other. The smell is that of orange (which in our mind was a perfect balance) and the taste had a balance of smoke that none could match. This is by far my new whiskey.

  • 5
    19 March 2016

    Banana on the nose, briny and slightly lemony on the tongue, sweet long finish, this is a whisky that plays well against bottles at double the price. We had it on a blind taste at the whisky of the year tasting event, and it was a clear winner seeing how people were talking about it.

  • 3
    22 March 2015

    Talisker with two sugars. It''s like talisker but with the edges knocked off and added raisins. Mebee an island whisky for those that don''t really like island whiskies? Personally I prefer the drier 10 yr old. Nice tho. Interesting depths.