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A must have for any Talisker fan. The 18 year old was hugely well received by just about everyone, it took the title Best Whisky in the World at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards too.
The nose is quite clean and fresh. There is a mixed fruity sweetness with a spicy character. The peat and smoke rise with notes of perfume and thick oak. Hints of Calvados and a touch of acidity with ground ginger. The palate is thick and rich and full-bodied. Notes of spicy, peppery oak, espresso beans and wood smoke. A little allspice creeps in, there is a certain zesty character lurking somewhere. The spice builds and builds with utter intent. The finish is long and with peppery oak.
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Excellent dram.more Smoke than Peat unlike Ardberg or Lagavulan. Several flavors including some sea salt/brine and what a long finish! I got it for $80 in the states and worth every penny and then some!
18th February 2017
Talisker 18 Year Old: on the nose immediately recognisable Talisker + some pepper. Colour amber. The taste and the true body of this drink comes in waves, three or four in conjunctive. After that the peppery finish draws in, slowly but steady, prevailing on the lateral parts of the tongue. It leaves the drinker in respectful awe. Talisker 10 is maybe just staring at the sea but this product is the sea itself splashing on the rugged face of a fisherman.
31st January 2017
Sensational!!!! This is the Scotch my father would drink if I shared it. Warms my heart and makes my think of a seaside castle. Oh and hang on because the flavor evolves for some time. The folks that created this highland vacation in a bottle have earned my respect.
20th January 2017
Every Winter Solstice the Mariners Hockey Club gathers on the end of the Warrnambool breakwater to pay homage the mariners who have lost their lives at sea. Warren Day, a legend of the club, would read poetry in his booming voice, take his 18 year old Talisker and brazenly hold it to the stormy sky to toast the seafaring ghosts and warm the cockles of his heart. This is a legendary whisky. A legendary taste. For legendary men.
13th January 2017
Couldn't find a better balanced peated whisky if you tried. Well spiced (ginger), well salted (sea salt, brine?), and the slightest touch of sweetness too (salted toffee). I recently featured this whisky for a tasting and it didn't last long at all.
24th October 2016
Bought at talisker my 18 year old is gone ....fruits oak und at least i can smell the salt of the sea ....the wind does his work at the warehouse so you to buy the next ones ...enjoy
20th September 2016
This is worse than 10yo, Storm or (dare I say it) Skye?? Unpleasant aftertaste and nothing much to offer on the palate. I will definitely not buy this ever again.
10th May 2016
Immense and rich. Fruits, Oak and Peat. Perfectly balanced. Pleasant and long. Can't get enough.
29th April 2016
Tried this at the distillary last week, grabbed a bottle and run straight to the till. Beautiful whisky.
24th April 2016
I deleted some of my best work last night. Unrecoverable. I used this to toast the fallen soldier. It was excellent. -Katie
19th April 2016
Best I've had
12th March 2016
This scotch is bomb!
31st January 2016
This 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.
26th January 2016
Wonderful, refreshing whisky with a lovely warm spicy finish.
31st December 2015
I don't drink it...I buy it for my son.
10th December 2015
Very good, although I tasted one of these a couple of years ago and that one was legendary good. Not sure which year that one was from though. /Joakim
Fabulous mouth feel, really chewy in a good way. Peppery and floral with a long lingering sunset of pepper, vanilla, ginger and liquorice. I hope my friends never spot it at the back of the cabinet.
19th November 2015
I recently received this bottle as a gift. I had just seen Ralfy's 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.
31st March 2015
This 18yr old has a fair hint of iodine and a light smokiness that does not hinder the palate when explorer the butter caramel notes. Enjoyable to say the least and has me interested in trying other drams within the same age bracket. A nice teenage bottle that definitely makes me want to expand my horizon with the 25yr old 2005 which I have waiting for me. Cheers.
6th February 2015
Rich, viscous, fruity, spicy and then peppery. A great value for a high scoring 18 year old.
19th November 2014
if you re read the review it says the lagavulin was disappointing compared to other islays , meaning that there are other islays that they enjoy. & that this t18 was was disappointing as was the lag , to their taste & not that the t18 was an islay as was the lag , it was the disappointment that was compared !!!
24th September 2014
This is not an Islay malt.
6th June 2014
I'm comparing this to the Lagavulin 16, which was disappointing, to my tastes compared to other Islays. And this was similar but even less interesting. Sorry.
29th April 2014
A very fine whiskey, to be sure. All the flavour of the 10yr old with a nice mellowness. It's a little overpriced compared to, say, the Lagavulin 16 and even the excellent Talisker 10 though.
20th February 2014
One of the best Whisky I've ever tasted, and I've tried a few.
26th January 2014
Truly sensational. Like a boat that wasn't there a second ago.
6th March 2013
Gotta get myself one of these
4th March 2013
Talisker is fantastic, one of the few to compete with Islay offerings. I have the 10 and a 20cl bottle of this 18. Give the 18 time and space, a tiny drop of water and it will explode - beautiful!
18th December 2012
This is one of the best whiskies around. More austere and less aggressive than the 10 year-old, all the typical Talisker flavours are there in a subtler whole. A truly great dram.
22nd June 2012
To the gents who complained of the medicinal... I have noticed a peculiarity of the T18 which upon receipt I was somewhat disappointed. I have noticed that it takes a good 15 - 20 minutes to open up. And it is easy to tell - when the strong iodine smell has dissipated, there should be left just a moderate sweet smell which is exactly the palate you should experience.OK - that is my two cents - and maybe will allow you to enjoy your bottle of T18 as much as I am enjoying mine - which is SUBSTANTIALLY!!
8th April 2012
I love it ,one word smoooth and long lasting on your palletThe problem ,I cant get it it Canada.Tooooo Baaad
11th January 2012
The best whisky I've tasted. Just perfectly balanced with sweet, salt and peat flavours and a lovely long finish. A few of us did a blind test on a few whiskies and this was everyone's favourite. Now to save up for a whole bottle. Can't wait.
25th April 2011
I'm a big fan of the 10 year old, but the 18 year old has a more mellow taste as is now my favourite malt.
8th October 2010
I think the description of "medicinal" was brilliant. But to me, it just didn't develop much from there. Maybe I'm a harsh critic but I just expect a bit more from an 18 year old.
31st August 2010
Having just returned from a trip to Skye and being unable to purhase a bottle of the 18 at the distillery..!!!..yes you read correctly, I managed to get a bottle of it in a delicattessen in the Byres Road in Glasgow.Being a massive fan of Islay Malts and all of the islands malts I really do like this 18 year old.It seems slightly more subtle than the excellent 10, and for me seems to have a slightly more complex nose and finish.I can understand why Talisker 18 has won awards..its beatiful.
19th August 2010
I have to agree MBW - it's slightly medicinal on the nose - get past that to really knock your socks off. The Talisker 18 Y/O IMHO is one of the best drams you can buy for less than $100
9th February 2010
Sitting here in the far and rather cold bit of northern canada, was with great pleasure a bottle of said T arived. Must have been away too long, as first impresion was of TCP, sorry nanny, but upto temp and away with all that god created..... a walk though the woods on an crisp novenber day were my thoughts. This is really a seriously good way to enjoy an evening. Far better than most... hate to bring the value for money thing up but my humble opinion ...... rather 1 bottle of this than several bottles of for eg:- glen.... So final score....Tal 18yo 8, Glen (etc) 3...try 1 and enjoyRegads MBW
7th February 2010