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.
Always a benchmark. 90 points –  Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com
Distillery Bottling
10 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • 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.

77 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    8 days ago

    "Nose" (undiluted) Refined smoke. Lemon bread. Very enjoyable. "Palate" (undiluted) Light bodied. Sweet malted barley followed by billowing smoke and banana. And finally the peppercorns appear. "Finish" (undiluted) Drying sea salt, slight dulse and brine. General Impressions Tired of the Speyside honey/cinammon flavor profile? If so, try Talisker.

  • 3
    22 April

    Nice and pinching peach smoke taste on the tongue which lingers on to become a sweet malt after taste. An enjoable whiskey at room temperature one of the best 10 year old whiskeys

  • 5
    21 December 2015

    The Benchmark of peaty malts - love this one and could drink anytime only beaten by Lagavulin in my humble opinion. Incredible malt for 10 year old and great price.

  • 5
    3 December 2015

    Lovley and a very beautiful Test!

  • 4
    24 November 2015

    Though the nose suggests sweet malt, I found dry white pepper and slight brine w/ mild and pleasant smoke, to a smoked salmon and cracked pepper finish pleasant and enjoyable. Thinner and less richness than some, but versatile and more often welcome.

  • 4
    13 November 2015

    The first sip I ever had, I thought it tasted exactly like cedar plank smoked salmon and it turned me off because I wasn''t expecting it. Then 6 months later I bought a bottle on a whim because I couldn''t stop thinking about this bizarre fish whisky. The more I drank, the less "fishy" it became and more so it resembled sweet, salty, smoky, peppery barbecue sauce with a hint of sea air. Not my favorite because I love it, but one of my favorites because I can''t forget it. You could blindfold me and I''ll always know Talisker.

  • 4
    20 October 2015

    Very pleasant, will try again.

  • 5
    17 July 2015

    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 2015

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

  • 1
    5 June 2015

    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 2015

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

  • 3
    1 May 2015

    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 2015

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

  • 5
    1 January 2015

    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

  • 24 February 2014

    Talisker 10 year old certainly tops the single malts. This a favourite of mine amongst other Talisker Single Malts. Talisker is the best Single Malt Whisky that I have had. Slainte

  • 1 February 2014

    Very nice Island malt. Could really taste the sea salt and nice flow of smoke. Perfect winter warmer.

  • 24 December 2013

    Nose: Big peat smoke and iodine with integrated sweetness. Palate: Big, smoky, intense, explosive in the back of the mouth yet obviously sweet and fruity. Restless dram yet somehow well-balanced between nose and palate, full of character. No water needed. Brilliant winter dram. Is there a better and more consistent Islander at 10 YO of age? I don't think so.

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