Interesting fact… Talisker 10 Year Old whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Talisker 10 Year Old whiskey, instead of 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!!
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!
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.
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)
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.
from nose to mouth to eyes to feet-this whiskey tops them all
a beautifully balanced whisky if Islay/highland is to your taste. Understandably popular.
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!
Very peated and spicy, this dram is not for everyone. Very powerful and strong, or you love it, or you hate it.
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.
A smash hit! No need to try the other Talisker expressions or ages. This one beats all.
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
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.
'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?
What a beautiful drink.
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.
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!
It has been my prefered whisky since the first sip.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Description was absolutely spot on. Good tangy peat / smokey with a lasting taste that was pleasant. Vividly reminded me of my time in scotland.
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.
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?
Funny review above... but he seriously needs to have a word with his palate! This stuff is simply delicious!
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.
Simply the best in its class! Plant a bottle with me when I'm gone.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Nice whisky for the price. Hope the company do not lower the quality as it gets popular.
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..
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.
without a doubt the best whiskey i have tasted to date, smooth and silky pure nectar
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!!!
I have toured many distillaries and tasted many whiskeys and this is by far the best yet.
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!
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
There's no such thing as a bad whisky, some are just better than others and this one is simply the best.
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.
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.
The best $50 scotch in the world...unless you don't like peat smoke
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.
Liked it...quite a bit.
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.
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!!
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.
one of the best whiskies in my opinion would recommend to any whisky lover .
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.
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.
Nicely balanced smokiness with sweetness. This is a bargain other brands are charging twice what Talisker want for comparable whiskies.
... like teen spirit
Absolutely superb ! My favourite in the price range. I liken it to water as it slips down so easily. Dick Clark
im still unsure of how this has changed, theres something nusual about how ir progresees, its not right.
Spicy and sweet. A very good whisky! You have to try it...
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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
This is one of the very great whiskies. If you can only give it one star you know nothing about whiskey.