Talisker 8 Year Old
Special Releases 2018

70cl / 59.4%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Talisker 8 Year Old / Special Releases 2018
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A much-anticipated entry in the Diageo Special Releases, harking back to the Talisker bottlings of the 1970s and 1980s. Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks, it is a surprisingly rich take on Talisker's fresh and maritime spirit, with layers of bacon, fruit and spice.

Distillery Bottling
8 Year Old
Bottling Date
Cask Type
First-Fill Bourbon


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Lime Lime
  • Iodine (tcp) Iodine (tcp)
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Biscuits Biscuits

Talisker 8 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting note by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Bandages and sea spray, with vanilla-heavy custard tarts and lime peel. Smokiness builds, bringing barbecued meat and sweet peat. Underneath everything is a spicy mist of burning pine needles.

    Palate: Rich and thick on the tongue. Sweet bacon, chocolate, lime and black pepper are wrapped in dark break and dusted with salt. Seaspray reemerges, floating above everything.

    Finish: Mint and menthol with creamy touches that fade to leave salty buttered toast.

    Comment: This was the whisky I was most looking forward to in the Special Releases 2018, and it didn't disappoint. Classic salt, pepper and smoke Talisker with a rich background.

6 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 November 2018

    Smashing whisky

  • 5
    4 October 2018

    You're missing out if you haven't had a chance to try this Tali. It's well balanced and amazingly rich in all senses. This is a bottle to enjoy on your own / private collection.

  • 5
    3 October 2018

    This whisky is absolutely lovely

  • 5
    3 October 2018

    I was a bit hesitant with it being 8rs only for the price but wow, the only thing I'm disappointed about is that's it's limited!

  • 5
    22 September 2018

    Smashes 57 north out of the court, this is medieval alchemy and the burning of the witch, smoky salty sweet and savoury, oily powerful rich and strong

  • 5
    21 September 2018

    The holy grail for Islay fans... do not let the 8 year title fool you! The first full charred bourbon casks have done an amazing job, this kicks like a beast. 2 teaspoons of water and it comes to life. Smokey, salty, a bit of sweetness. A Talisker symphony. the best Talisker expression I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve tried almost all of them bar the 30 yr old. The real deal - sensational.