Talisker 18 is a must have for any Talisker fan. It’s well received by everyone that has embraced it for all it’s worth.
A delightful mix of honey, peaty and malt with leather and honeycomb. Some citrus and brine. Smelling it instils a sense of calm and peacefulness (probably sounds pretentious but if you don’t like it you know where the back button is).
Still here? Excellent! On the palate it starts off spicy with pepper and even some chilli. The you get the honey and sweet notes with some creamy chocolate, cantaloupe, cinnamon and fiery ginger.
A subtle finish with honey, malt, raisins and the occasional burst of spice.
This is a very good whisky and I thoroughly enjoyed trying a sample of it, would love to pick up a full bottle now.
It has a nice mature profile which you would expect from an 18 year version of the Talisker 10 year, which is also very good. It also has something that I think is very important in a whisky; character. It is interesting and exciting as you take a sip and try and pinpoint the barrage of flavours it throws at you, and that to me is what great whisky is all about.
It’s not the cheapest bottle on either side of the Atlantic but if you feel like treating yourself you can’t go wrong with this.
Awards for Talisker 18
Islands Single Malt 13 to 20 Years – 2016
World Whiskies Awards
Highlands & Islands 13-18yo – 2015
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Talisker 18
Quote 1 “I recently received this bottle as a gift. I had just seen a recent review praising this expression, so I was thrilled to try it. Let me tell you… I can’t imagine a better expression of a Talisker than this! If you are a fan on the Talisker 10 year old, I assure you that you will be blown away by this bottle. It’s basically everything the 10 year old is trying to be perfected. While it’s very pricey near me, it’s worth it for the odd special occasion. 95/100 stuff, and a must try for any Talisker fan.”
Quote 2 “Talisker 18 is how a whisky should be. It takes a man to drink it (sorry ladies – if you love it too, call me, you may be my kind of girl). It is earthy, smokey, sour and smouldering like a destroyed village on an eastern island after a raiding party. Ardbeg and Laphroiag may be smokier but they assault your senses. Toast, peaches, black pepper, nutmeg, aaaah I could go on all night. This is the best whisky money can buy.”