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20 Oct 2009

Talisker 30 years old (2009)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Talisker

This year’s Talisker 30 years old is a mixture of refill American oak casks and European oak casks. It’s the fourth edition of the 30yo bottling. I’ve tasted it alongside the Talisker 25 yo.


Talisker 30 years old (2009) Talisker 30yo (53,1%, OB 2009, 3000 btl.)

Nose: obviously the same family as the 25yo, but gentler and creamier. Less smoke, less maritime notes (still there, just muted). More fruity notes, added hints of vanilla and toffee. Hints of almond pie and apples. Very warm, rather sweet and simply lovely. Mouth: fruity again (candied oranges, lime) with some candle wax. Interesting how it starts very feminine (almond milk) but gets more turbulent over time (more peat, salt, strong tea) with a peppery tang. Finish: very long, citrus with pepper. Some salt and smoke.

Well, Talisker 30yo offers a few added levels over the 25yo. The sweet and fruity side is better developed and it balances all the typical Talisker elements very well. It’s richer and very refined. Around € 240.

Score: 92/100

Talisker 30 years old (2009) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-10-20
  • Rob

    Are there any hint of Brora type farminess in this dram?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Not that I can remember. In fact I haven’t found many farmy notes in Talisker at all.



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