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.
Exploring The Sea
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
Compared to other Islays????
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.