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

    • Comment:

      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.

    • Score:

      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:


    • 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.

135 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    12 September

    Not a big fan of salty flavours in a single malt, but this is just subtle enough to compliment as opposed to overpower. Not my favourite, but it's certainly a pleasant dram.

  • 5
    26 August

    One of the greats

  • 5
    5 June

    My favorite scotch. Well balanced with a little bit of everything.

  • 5
    5 April

    This is it – the Goldilocks whisky. Everything about it is just right.

  • 4
    19 February

    Simply put, this is an excellent whisky.

  • 4
    19 January

    Can definitely taste the pepper at the end. The smoky flavour I've got to get used to it. Overall I think it's really good.

  • 5
    15 January

    It's not an entry-level whiskey. It has a strong body and rich notes and will leave you remembering trips to the seaside.

  • 5
    27 December 2018

    The best 10 year old on the market right after Dalmore.

  • 5
    21 December 2018

    First talisker ever; I'm in heaven. Smoky sweetness and left with warming pepper. I'm converted and will be back for more.

  • 4
    27 November 2018

    A great 10 year old, the best on the market. Lovely peaty, sweet flavours with hints of pepper/chilli... amazing 10 yr old from Talisker. 18 yr old is totally sublime!

  • 5
    8 November 2018

    My go-to whisky.

  • 5
    8 October 2018

    Smokey, Peppery, and very complex. Not a beginner's whiskey whatsoever.

  • 5
    7 October 2018

    Some of the best whisky ever.

  • 3
    2 September 2018

    Sweet, peppery with a distinctive sea-brine, this is a very very enjoyable dram. What it lacks however, is the smokiness of which there is but a subtle hint beneath the citrus rich body. The smoke comes out on the long, long finish, almost as an afterthought. I enjoyed this a lot, but not as much as I was hoping to...

  • 5
    22 July 2018

    One of my favourite whiskies ever. I am someone with a complete lack of creativity, and only started drinking scotch a couple of months ago. So as you might have expected very rarely does a whisky actually invoke imagery in me, but this does it and is the only one i have tasted so far to do so . As I drink it, it makes me think of eating freshly caught fish cooked over a wood fire, sitting on a cliff watching the waves crash against the rocks. The only word I can use to describe this whisky is magical. The aroma is sweet yet pleasantly smoky. The initial taste mostly consists of brine and peat smoke, but as you let the flavour develop in your mouth, it evolves into a lovely sweetness, with nice hints of wildflower. As you swallow it again evolves, bringing out pepper notes. This whisky may not be the smoothest out there, but all the flavours still harmonise perfectly, but in a way that each flavour gets its turn to shine, like an excellent orchestra. Whilst I probably wouldn't recommend this to someone who has never tried whisky before; to anyone who enjoys whisky at all, I cannot recommend this whisky enough.

  • 2
    19 June 2018

    Not too bad whisky unless you were lucky to know the older style bottling. It used to be my no. 1 dram, complex and a smoky punch in the teeth. But in current product I would not even recognize it is a Talisker, very sweet and tamed on palate with somehow artificial aftertaste. I am so sad to say goodbye to this distillery after so long-term relationship. Not to forget, I started chasing the 2000 - 2010 bottles in auctions which is the only way to taste the real Talisker as I know and love it.

  • 4
    24 April 2018

    great island scotch. love it

  • 5
    19 April 2018

    What else can be said? It's a truly excellent scotch. Remarkably complex, featuring a variety of great flavor contrasts. The smoke is there without being overpowering, and the taste is a vibrant combination of sweet malts, medicinal iodine, and a lingering brine accented by delightfully surprising pepper on the end. Talisker is one of the first scotches I distinctly remember enjoying, and it's a must try for any whisky enthusaist.

  • 4
    23 March 2018

    definitely a salinity to this. the smokiness is the aspect which comes through most strongly, followed shortly by a blooming heat. the flavor profile here evokes rough & windswept rocky coast...

  • 2
    17 March 2018

    Sadly, Jimvic73 is right. I’ve just bought and started a new bottle of Talisker 10. Not a hint of smoke, peat or brine – just Oloroso sherry. Smooth and very sweet, with flavours of raisins, toasted brown sugar and white pepper. If you like uncomplicated, heavily-sherried whisky, this might suit you - but It’s not what I was expecting and it’s not why I bought the stuff. If you’re looking for a smoky, peaty malt, then delete Talisker 10 from your shopping list.

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