Talisker 25 year old (2005 special release)

Peated Single Malt — Skye, Scotland

5.0 out of 5 stars
$68 for one ounce at Jack Rose. This is the best Talisker I have ever tried. This is back when “Made by the sea” spoke for itself. Now, there’s videos of metrosexual sailors by Talisker on Instagram trying to remind me they are still “made by the sea.” This beast makes the modern day Taliskers more like “made by a puddle” in comparison. Even my treasured 27 year old 1985 Maritime Edition Talisker at 56.1% is minor leagues compared to this. Maturation for this whisky would have started in 1979-80. This does not fuck around. Older Taliskers these days get a pass for being soft. “It’s mellowed out,” we say. “It’s more refined,” we argue. This Talisker has the complexity and richness of 25 years of maturation, and it still lays a haymaker like a cresting Atlantic wave… with a shark inside. Mindblowing orchard fruits and citrus. Devastating spices with black pepper, fennel, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Dirty earthy notes of rope, fresh asphalt, and clay. It’s sweet, peppery, and earthy, all at the same time. There is so much going on that you almost miss the smoke and salinity in the background. This needs a little bit of dilution, if for nothing else but to turn the volume down a little. This was a heartbreaking dram in that I realize I have been blind to the degradation of what I thought was a decent distillery. Talisker was made by the sea. It was. Score: **** (My own piss after drinking this was on par with Talisker 10) How much does a bottle cost: I see 650 pounds and in stock at Whisky Exchange How much do I think a bottle is worth: $800
68.0 USD per Pour
  • jonwilkinson7309

    Sounds phenomenal. As does Jack Rose's, which I have yet to visit. I have a business trip to DC in April, and I'm already trying to figure out how to squeeze in a stop there.

  • cascode

    Formidable, mon ami. Je paierair $1,000. Talisker est une force de la nature.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    This and the 2009 version are the highest priced...if that’s any indication of quality

  • Soba45

    Damn back in 2005 it would have been a great price as well! Sounds like one I'd love to try but $68 an ounce is definitely above my price range these days!