Insider knowledge: Talisker 10 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Talisker 10 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Thick, pungent smoke. Notes of kippers, seaweed, apple peels. Fresh and fragrant.
Palate: Full bodied with huge plumes of smoke and volcanic, peppery peat. Intense.
Finish: Long finish, barley, malt.
Cannot see past this Talisker 10 for a great, easy to enjoy malt. With a big body but not too overwhelming. Great from start to finish!!
19th November 2009
3rd December 2009
I like a good strong whisky but this tasted just like a rabbit toasted in lamb! I did not like the bottle as it did not look like whisky!
15th December 2009
In a world where we worship the bland and untalented this shines like a beacon as uncompromising and unique. Love it or hate it this classic Single Malt should be revered as a superb example of the art of distilling!
This is one of the best Whiskies I've ever tasted.
29th January 2010
22nd July 2010
Nothing else comes close. Firey and spicey without being overwhelming. The best whiskey I have ever tasted.
Cheapest Talisker on the web (oh yeah, Talisker is very tasty)
10th August 2010
After reading some reviews and a recommendation I sprang for a bottle. The first taste lingered for a long time and I kept thinking... what is that? It was more than just the smoky after glow of a house fire, there was canvas and rubber in that house. Then It came to me visually. Burnt sneakers.
This whisky has no balance, soot and asphalt. Am I drinking or resurfacing a road? I can see where Johnnie Walker gets that nasty wang I dispise.
17th September 2010
from nose to mouth to eyes to feet-this whiskey tops them all
18th September 2010
a beautifully balanced whisky if Islay/highland is to your taste. Understandably popular.
23rd September 2010
This was disappointing. Nose: metallic/off notes. Palate: Thin, watery despite the 45.8%. More off notes/metallic/bitter caramel (e150a) taste. Finish: 5 seconds. What a waste of money ! Chill filtered, caramel colored... let's have this at cask strength with a craft presentation!
24th September 2010
Very peated and spicy, this dram is not for everyone. Very powerful and strong, or you love it, or you hate it.
27th September 2010
Love it. The smokiness is obvious, but to me it has a sweetness to it as well. Must be a love it or hate it for anyone to give a low score, but I've not tried anything better & I like most single malts. Interestingly, I don't notice any peatiness, unless people are describing the smokiness as peatiness.
29th September 2010
A smash hit! No need to try the other Talisker expressions or ages. This one beats all.
5th December 2010
Wow, what a beautiful tasting Whisky, smells good, tastes lovely. Definitely one of the best I've ever had. A true favourite of mine, cheers, Tej. Riat
7th December 2010
I have had a liter bottle of this for 5 years now. I don't drink much but when I do I like Single malts on occasion. When this was new, it was a bit too much fire for me, but now that it has been around for a while it seems to have calmed down a lot. Last time I had a glass I enjoyed it thoroughly.
23rd January 2011
'strange stuff indeed" i see you posted exactly the same on another forum, the stupid comments about bottles was probably you as well. why do you bother?
5th February 2011
What a beautiful drink.
10th March 2011
Now, after 7 months of open bottle, my Talisker 10 is rich, delicious and sweet. For the first 6 1/2 months it tasted to me like crawling through the desert dying of thirst with nothing but seawater to drink.
19th June 2011
I am a lover of malt whisky, but this does not do it for me, don't know about smokey, it taste disgusting. Tempted to throw it away as I will never drink it, maybe someone will call round who likes it, until then it remains in the back of the cupboard and will probably end up in the christmas pudding, if no one else likes it!
30th June 2011
It has been my prefered whisky since the first sip.
14th August 2011
Talisker 10 is simply the best single malt. Great bold flavour and aroma, this is truly what a single malt is. Those who do not enjoy Talisker 10 lack the palate for a true single malt.
24th September 2011
I was given a sample of Talisker at a boat show. It was light golden and smooth to the palate, so I bought a bottle but oh dear, the content of my bottle is likened to firewater and nothing like the wee sample. Yet I am told there is no difference. I know my whiskies and the content of my bottle is definitely not as per sample!
30th September 2011
I was offered a sample of Talisker at a recent sailing event and the whisky was smooth to the palate and pale gold in colour. I was given a £2 voucher off my next bottle and purchasaed a bottle soon after.Alas, the content of my bottle does not match that of the saqmple and despite in depth enquiries with the producers, it hasn't solved why my sample is not same as bottle. Hence the title of Firewater for that is what is in the bottle. I will not be buying it again.
2nd October 2011
I loved this whisky. Unbeatable with a cigar!! I found it smooth and smokey. My whisky of choice. For those moaning about it being awful, if you live in Leicester, I'll gladly come round and buy your bottles off you! Mark C
24th October 2011
I'm not really a fan of peaty whiskies but this one isn't bad. Got a bottle cheap and thought i'd give it a go.
4th November 2011
Description was absolutely spot on. Good tangy peat / smokey with a lasting taste that was pleasant. Vividly reminded me of my time in scotland.
8th November 2011
Seriously, if the glass is warmed first by boiling water then this is simply superb. The heat takes the edge off and liberates the flavour and smell. Taking this to Thailand as my small piece of home abroad.
30th November 2011
A great example of an Islay whisky. A light sea-breeze start, then a good kick of smooth smoke and medicine and a long lingering finish of tobacco and oak. Sorry, I hate to say this sort of thing, but if you hate this dram, I don't see how you can like whisky, maybe you're on the wrong drink?
21st December 2011
Funny review above... but he seriously needs to have a word with his palate! This stuff is simply delicious!
7th March 2012
At first, I was very impressed with the value.
Then, the TCP medicinal after taste took over and really bugged me after most drams. So much so that the risk is too much and I prefer a safer bet such as the Laphraig Quarter Casks - it has fantastic reviews too.
26th May 2012
Simply the best in its class! Plant a bottle with me when I'm gone.
30th May 2012
I've tried lots of whiskies to see if the reputation of Talisker 10 is a bit exaggerated, but every time I keep returning to this. One of the best whiskies around, regardless of price or age - and at this price it's an absolute bargain! Just as good as the 18 year-old in my opinion.
22nd June 2012
One of the very best in Scotland. They call it the taste of the sea and I agree. slightly smokey but not overpoweringly so, slighly sweet but not too obviously. Great quality for a reasonable price.
30th June 2012
Dear "Simple the worst!" - please send me your bottle of unwanted Talisker as I shall gladly drink it!
This is my particular favourite whisky. Bit strong for some but nector of the Gods to others!
12th July 2012
I am happy to admit that I am completely new to the whisky world. A friend gave me a mini bottle of this to try and oh my, what a beautiful dram! I don't have to go into tasting notes as its all covered; what I will add is that if I can appreciate the uniqueness and damned awesomeness of a dram why can't an avid malt drinker? SIMPLE! This is most likely has a marmite affect you either love it or hate it!
26th July 2012
Nice whisky for the price. Hope the company do not lower the quality as it gets popular.
6th August 2012
A fascinating and warming interplay between peat, lemon, apples and wood. Probably the best price in its category.
An excellent dram, and super smooth for a 10 yr old, and best drunk, like Bourbon, at near body temp...Quite sweet, then the spice kicks in....it is slightly smokey, and if you are not keen on the smoke, then do not breath in when sampling....a good intro for the Islay monsters that will undoubtedly follow...Skye's only distillery and one of Scotland's best.....Struth..
21st September 2012
One of the loveliest Whiskies I have tasted. I always buy a bottle at Christmas when I'm relaxing at home. You get more than what you pay for with this one.
28th October 2012
without a doubt the best whiskey i have tasted to date, smooth and silky pure nectar
5th November 2012
This is superb. Nose: Metallica, even some Mozart. Palate: Thin in water, but thick on taste, despite the 45.8%. More notes of Mozart /Metallica. Finish: a bad day when the bottle is. What a waste of money other whiskeys are! Chill people... Yes, let's have this at cask strength as well!
Great when smoking a smokey type smoke thing...
Pseudo intellectual, ridiculous person you are!!!
17th November 2012
I have toured many distillaries and tasted many whiskeys and this is by far the best yet.
23rd November 2012
Ive past the Isle of Skye many a time & also through the Kyle of Lochalsh. For me Talisker is simply the best starting with a beautiful balance of peat, sea & the slightly medicinal flavour only Islay malts portray then a long lasting taste, mere words can't describe how good it is & a real bargain!
9th December 2012
It's good, I like it, more of a slow sipper. I do like the fruity sweet easy drinking Scotches of Speyside but if you want thick flavor and powerful notes this one is balanced and not as strong as Laphroaig. A good buy. If you dont like fine....but dont bash on Talisker
17th December 2012
There's no such thing as a bad whisky, some are just better than others and this one is simply the best.
23rd December 2012
My first heavily peated malt. Although it seemed a bit rough at 1st i eventually had to acknowledge that this is well made whisky. Like switching from an Amstel Light to a Duvel, for all you beer drinkers. Powerful yet balanced. Nice peppery finish.
25th December 2012
I had this half an hour ago and I can still comfortably taste it- in a good way.
It is fantastic stuff, easier to drink than other 10 year olds and a real surprise with the enjoyablitlity of the smokey taste. Wow this is a good one. Top two Scotchs I have tasted.
27th December 2012
The best $50 scotch in the world...unless you don't like peat smoke
29th December 2012
In my opinion the best 10 yr old malt you can get from any Scottish distillery. It's remote location on the Isle of Skye in "the shadow of the Cuillin Ridge" may seem rather romanticised and irrelevant, but it does have a mark on the whisky - powerful smoke, powerful peat and some darker, richer notes of winter fruits, spice and black pepper underlying rich sea salt are the prevalent elements of this whisky; the maritime nature is more like a stormy bay, it is hard to describe this malt as it is so unique. Definitely an acquired taste; in building up to this malt I would suggest the Oban 14 yr old, and perhaps a couple of Islay malts - I like Port Charlotte and Laphroaig. Overall an incredible malt.
31st December 2012
Liked it...quite a bit.
1st January 2013
You'll love or hate this. Very peaty. and so rich. I was sold at the first sip. absolutely I will never forget this classic new friend.
3rd January 2013
At first, I hated the taste of this whiskey, but....after time the more you drink it the better it gets! One of the best Whiskeys I have ever had the pleasure to taste. To all te haters please get the bottle out and have a glass with dry ginger you will be supprised!!
7th January 2013
We have a winner!
Unequivocally the best value scotch in its class.
Most reviews from reasonable sources are spot on with regards to their tasting notes.
Huge peaty nose. Peppery, spicy full palate and massive lingering finish that warms your soul.
Tasting through a Riedel single malt glass.
23rd January 2013
one of the best whiskies in my opinion would recommend to any whisky lover .
9th February 2013
I am a huge fan of Talisker 10 for ten years since I was gifted a bottle for my 30th. I confess though, I take it with Ginger and LOVE IT! it is the foundation of my interest in whisky.
I'll try the Oban as its the penultimate "classic" on the list for me.
23rd February 2013
I don't know that everyone else is drinking but this is horrible. Opened the bottle and all i smelled was gauze from a medicine cabinet. Tried a couple of glasses to give it the benefit of the doubt and very medicinal tasting like no other. Ready to pour it down the drain.
1st March 2013
Nicely balanced smokiness with sweetness. This is a bargain other brands are charging twice what Talisker want for comparable whiskies.
11th March 2013
... like teen spirit
15th March 2013
Absolutely superb ! My favourite in the price range. I liken it to water as it slips down so easily. Dick Clark
29th March 2013
im still unsure of how this has changed, theres something nusual about how ir progresees, its not right.
31st March 2013
Spicy and sweet. A very good whisky! You have to try it...
1st April 2013
A friend and I recently began our journey into single malt whiskey. Talisker 10 was the second one we tried. At first I was a little unsure, but as we sipped our way though we realised we were on to something very special! Acquired taste? You need to aquire the taste as it is a beaut and shouldn't be missed!
I can understand this not being for everyone, but having been a scotch fan for many a year, the Talisker 10 has become my go to. I particularly like it after a steak dinner.
5th April 2013
I'm relatively new to scotch, as I've only been exposed to American Bourbons and a few select scotch brands such as Johnny Walker. After becoming a big fan of Johnny Walker Double Black, I had to try other malts. Talisker 10 is so far my favorite. I just tried Ardbeg Uigeadial, which is very good (4 out of 5), but I'm going to have to say Talisker 10 gives me everything I'm looking for from nose to finish. I can't wait to try many other malts (Laphroaig 10 is next).
12th April 2013
This whisky far exceeded my expectation for one at this price. It's packed full of flavour and has a bit more of a punch with it's slightly higher alcohol level. If you want something a bit different to try then this is a good move...
17th April 2013
This is one of those whiskys that sends new drinkers running for the jack and coke hills, its not by any means "tasty" but my god i emptied that bottle faster than anything in my collection. It's a smoky, almost cooked pork and fish and seawater nose, and a tough, spicy peppery peaty palate, and a finish that makes you think you could speak honey but breathe fire.
19th April 2013
How anyone who has actually developed their palate and not respected the Mighty Talisker, not love or at least respect this exception variety staggers the imigination... Yet not as much as I stagger after drinking this liquid of bliss. I have a difficult time stopping once I start this beauty. It is the most dangerous liquid I have ever tasted, and I have tasted many many varieties.
The haters must be a different species that amoung us.
I can not speak to those who drink over the $200 US mark
But I can speak to most others... Try it for yourself, but first develope your pallet...
One path would be:
Glenfiddich18 (or 15 to save $)>Clynelish14>Oban14>Talisker10>Cao Ila12>Laguvalin16
Move slowly and then back and forth(uh...take days if not weeks :-) You will know your own mind on the matter.
24th April 2013
I heard good things about this scotch so decided to spring for a bottle to share with a buddy of mine. We both sat down took a sip, at first taste it seems like its going to be good until that odd gasoline flavor hits you. I could have bought a gallon of gasoline for $3.57 and saved myself a ton of money!
25th April 2013
It's certainly not awful, but this has a somewhat rank flavor in the midpalate that clashes horribly with chocolate mousse. It's a yeast-like, somewhat chemical flavor. It might be good alone but do not try to pair it under any condition as it tastes somewhat bizzare.
27th April 2013
I can understand why some who are new to whisky do not like Talisker 10 as much as some others. I put this down to its rather fearsome delivery which to the unaccustomed can appear somewhat too much. Like many of the Islay drams (Talisker is from Skye but the comparison is valid) it requires a certain amount of initiation before its full enjoyment can be achieved (easily achieved by drinking more whisky!)
Talisker for me encapsulates Scotland in a glass, its like a big Scotsman walking up to you in his kilt and giving you a big fat whisky kiss, add a heather moorland windy island location and you get the picture. Its fantastic stuff. For me perhaps the best 10 year old single malt out there. Only the 18 year old surpasses it in my book...
13th May 2013
This is one of the very great whiskies. If you can only give it one star you know nothing about whiskey.
16th May 2013
Excellent whisky this.
2nd July 2013
I like it. Smoky and peaty..some spicy
4th July 2013
It's very good whisky. If you want something with some balanced kick, well then try it . It will wake you up and appreciate whisky with a little attitude. Unless you're a smooth whisky snob.
22nd July 2013
Too smoky and peaty? Try Laphroig! This is a very good bottle, I love it! Maybe ever so slightly too strong... but well, can't really complain about that!!!
25th July 2013
The whisky is top notch, full of pepper and peat.
8th August 2013
Talisker 10yr, to me, seems to be in predicament; the green apple and sage in the nose are completely overwhelmed by an aggressive alcohol note (it genuinely burned my nostrils) and the pleasant toffee apple/herbal taste of the mouth are shadowed by heavy burnt peat and black smoke which mellow into a really satisfying finish. A real rollercoaster whisky; I think it benefits from more water than usual to extract what it does well.
15th August 2013
This one doesn't go unnoticed, very recognisable! Shared it with a friend and had the best Week-end. Love the salt, the pepper, the peat, and man ... that attitude !
17th August 2013
A beautiful whisky. I adore Laphroaig and am glad to add this to my short list of favorites. Phenolics are tuned back a little and the spiciness steps up. If you cannot appreciate this - well then, give it one star and declare that you are not a whisky drinker.
28th August 2013
I never drunk a whisky like this in my life total failure
29th August 2013
Love the notes for a 10 yr old..! Lots of charecter that may seem heavy for many.. especially the for ones in the likes of the Glenfiddich 15 and 18 yr notes.. ! This is in with Laphroaig.. Agree with one review, it is hard to beleive its a 10yr.. as it has the maturity of a 12 or 15 yr and that many of those 12 and 15 struggle to have..! An unbelievable 10yr..!!,
3rd September 2013
A powerful whisky to be tamed! If not love at first, be patient, you'll be surprised!
12th September 2013
Yes, but not in a good way. Simply tastes like TCP. I can compare it to nothing else I've ever tried. Really disappointed.
20th September 2013
22nd September 2013
Awesome depth and complexity. The very best in its class IMO.
4th October 2013
Over the years I have sampled a relatively large number of single malts (though thankfully, I am nowhere near even halfway through those available!)and I must admit that while I have developed a distinct preference for some (Laphroaig, Dalwhinnie15, even a Bowmore on occasion)I just can not get past the peppery, rough taste of a Talisker. Given my open armed appreciation (naturally, with varying degrees of enthusiasm) for just about every other single malt I have tried, it's a curious thing. It tastes, to me only perhaps, like a good single malt that has been tampered with. Puts me in a minority, I suppose, but there you go.
6th October 2013
At first this whiskey seems almost salty like seaweed but the salty ocean like taste makes way for a smokey leathery nose and an equally smokey taste along with the addition of tangy peat an overall pleasure to drink however given a choice between this and oban I would have to pick the latter
17th October 2013
Well, maybe I should say, that this is my first "superior" whiskey, so I am not sure if I am able to judge. But I would like to say, that it was good decision for this whiskey. I really love that smoke and spicy taste.Price performance ratio is just AWESOME!
Took neat in a proper glass. Extra strong at nose before sip. Halfway stage mixed 20cc of water. Smoothened out. Sweet, lingering and peppery at the back. Forces you to think. Very good.
21st October 2013
Smokey rather than peaty to me. Very enjoyable would buy again.
25th October 2013
Peat-forward whiskies, such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Talisker, etc., are not for the faint hearted. It is a classic whisky in every right, and is what a whisky should be. Right now, floral/sweet/light, and boutique bottlings of fragrant multi-wood casks are all the rave because they're feminine, and dessert like. Cragganmore, Talisker, Oban, Lagavulin, Glenkinchie, and Dalwhinnie are the "classics". They are meant to warm you up on a cold scottish night. The smokiness makes it pair exceptionally well with food. And it is fairly complex despite being 10 years old, although peaty whiskies are best young. If you hate this, stay away from Islay whiskies, if you want to like it... start drinking blended scotch instead of feminine perfume bottlings. I didn't taste a big medicinal/bandage rubber saltiness out of Talisker as much as Laphroaig, and Lagavulin was saltier and less smoky. Anyway, it's not the whisky, it's the drinker.
26th October 2013
The smoked element to this whisky is absolutely foul. I can't help but think something has gone seriously wrong as it just tastes of burnt plastic. i forced down a measure telling myself it would get better but quite frankly it made me feel ill. I cannot fathom how people can enjoy this whisky and can only assume that the good reviews are marketing plants!!!
27th October 2013
Best whiskey I have ever had.
8th November 2013
Smells wonderfully sweet on an initial nose (I immediately thought of cider) and with a lovely smoke, but simply too tough on the palate. It's a little too strong for my liking despite the relatively modest alcohol content, so one for some watering down. Completely agree with the above comments about a medicinal/chemical quality. Aftertaste is pretty smooth but not enough going on generally - I'm really confused by all the rave reviews. I'm off to tuck into the Distiller's Edition.
11th November 2013
A must-taste for any peat loving palate. Amazing dram for its price range, with the smokiness riding shutgun, while sea-stuff of all kinds (seaweed, seawater, seasalt) take you faraway across turbulent oceans. If Cthulhu were a whisky, this would be it.
16th November 2013
Talisker is awesome. The only thing better might be Lagavulin. The 18 is really good, but I don't think its worth the extra $. If you get a chance go to the distillery on Skye. Saw a whale breech while driving there. Memorable trip.
22nd November 2013
My wife and I love this malt. She calls it "toffee scotch" after its long peaty sweet finish. Must say I have always been a fan, and it makes a nice contrast to the Islays as its taste "attack" (forgive the audio terms)and peaty "sustain" give a more storm swept experience!!
26th November 2013
Well I must say that this reminds me of Kilchoman Machir Bay but more smooth. Same smokey peaty nose and taste with a perfect finish. If you like this one try Kilchoman as well. I will be a regular up in the Skye! If you dont like this then go back to drinking bud light.
30th November 2013
Always been one of my favourites with its curious peppery edge. Is it just me - or do a lot of the detractors seem to use American spellings and terms, flavor, sneakers etc? Perhaps they should just stick to Southern Comfort and Coke.
3rd December 2013
Wow what an absolute treasure! Came into malt drinking as a fan of floral unpeated whisky, but after imbibing on the talisker 10 I feel like the floodgates have opened. Thick medicinal peat on the nose, which gives way to sweetness and spice on the palate. Lovely warming finish, I'm off to grab a bottle for the cabinet!
7th December 2013
Talisker was first introduced to me about 5 years ago when a group of us chaps were playing fiddle by the sea. We would try to describe the experience to each other as we passed around a dram between tunes and chuckles.
A sheep herders moss covered dirty kilt saved from a camp fire, washed in an old iron pot on an open fire, then the scorched wool is hung up in a musky old cedar lined closet surrounded with moth balls until dry. The tattered band seemed to be all in agreement on the taste. Yet, we couldn't stop adoring the whisky until it was all gone. Now it's a favorite dram of all times.
10th December 2013
I was gifted a bottle of this recently and it's good stuff. A nice strong flavour. Wouldn't say no to another bottle.
11th December 2013