Scotch - Single Malt

Talisker 18yr Isle of Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    436 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    5.0 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $90
    Proof
    92.0
    N/A

Rating Description

Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.

Proof66 Notes

Talisker Distillery has the distinction of being the only distillery operating on the famous Isle of Skye. It was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill near the springs of Cnoc nan Speirag, which source they still use today along with a traditional peat smoke drying with Glen Ord malt. Today, it is one of the distilleries comprising the "six classic malts" of Diageo meant to showcase the breadth of scotch whisky. Talisker is "made by the sea" at Loch Harport and they claim Robert Louis Stevenson called Talisker "the king of all drinks." They suggest drinking with a bit of water but no ice.

The 18yr is Distiller Manager Mark Lochhead's favorite.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
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  • 2007
  • 2008

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2005
Muncher Muncher (116) (2014-09-27)
Another example of the non-perfect Proof66 scoring system. Whisky Advocate and Connosr both rate this very highly, and for good reason. It's a master piece of a single malt. Has the qualities that I like about the 10 year (salt, peat, smoke), but is richer and has a caramel/toffee like sweetness added to the profile. The balance is really phenomenal too. After having the Laphroaig 10 and 18's (10 is better) I didn't have high hopes for this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
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thorpric thorpric (3) (2011-12-27)
Beautifully smooth and balanced smoke and peat.  I reach for it on special occasions, leaving 30 other fine choices behind.
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