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Talisker 10 Review: Everything you need to know!

Discover everything about the Talisker 10 in this in-depth review that answers all your related questions!

Talisker 10 tasting notes: How does it taste?

NoseSmoke, pear, apple
PalateSmoke, dried fruit, mineral notes
FinishLong and pleasantly peppery
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat or add water
Similar toLaphroaig 10, Ardbeg 10

There is a fair amount of smoke on the nose at first, followed by hints of pear, apple and a bit of iodine.

On the palate, the Talisker 10 displays a creamy texture.

Flavor offers a moderate hit of smoke at first, that quickly mellows out into rich dried fruit sweetness, with hints of cereal, black pepper and a mineral note.

The finish is long, with a satisfying warming peppery note and mineral finish with a bit of oak spice and caramel.

Is it smoky?



In a 1 to 5 scale (5 the highest) the Talisker 10 scores a 3.

The barley is lightly peated to approximately 18 phenol ppm, which is low when compared to a smoke bomb like the Octomore that carries 258 phenol ppm.

How to drink it?

Add water

Adding a dash of water tunes-down the pepper, while releasing sweet notes, making it easier to sip.

Is Talisker 10 good whisky?



The Talisker 10 is not only a good whisky but one of the best 10 year old whiskies and one of the top Single Malts under $100 that you can buy in the United States.

It’s also one of the best malts under £50 in Britain so you get an idea how good it is.

Moderately smoky, sweet, with a distinctive peppery profile making and the right level of warmth making it quite approachable and rewarding.

If you are new to smoky whisky this is a good introductory bottle as the smoke is not overwhelming letting you appreciate other flavors.

Is it chill-filtered?


This is a chill-filtered single malt which prevents it from becoming hazy.

Does it use caramel-coloring?


It has artificial caramel-coloring making the only thing I dislike about it and reason I don’t give it 5 stars.

Even though the use of artificial caramel-coloring is legal according to the set of laws that govern Scotch Whisky, somehow I feel cheated but I can live with that as the flavor makes up for it entirely.

Talisker 10: aging

10 years

Aged in traditional oak casks for a minimum of ten years.

Talisker 10: Alternatives


Laphroaig 10 & Ardbeg 10

Often compared to the Laphroaig 10 and the Ardbeg 10 although these whiskies hit harder with the smoke demanding a more seasoned aficionado.

It’s more similar to the Kilchoman Machir Bay which is subtle on the smoke and quite a nice and easy drinker.

Talisker 10: Price

Prices are approximate and stated in local currency:

United States$70
NorwayKr 580

Talisker 10: Alcohol content

92 proof (45.8% ABV)

This is quite a decent ABV providing good body to the whisky while not making it warmer.

Does it expire?

Alcoholic beverages do not expire

It will last for years as long as you store it in a cool place and away from the sunlight.

I strongly suggest drinking it ASAP once the content is down to 25% as liquors start developing awkward notes past this level.

How is it made?

  1. Barely is mashed using soft water drawn from one of the 14 underground springs that rise from Hawk Hill.
  2. Mash is fermented in the distillery’s wooden washbacks before being twice distilled through copper-pot stills.
  3. Stills are equipped with distinctive swan-shaped lye pipes and worm tubs. As a result of this configuration, a portion of the vapor during distillation condenses before reaching the cooler, and runs back into the still for redistillation. This process, according to them, provides a full-bodied flavor profile.
  4. The whisky is matured in traditional oak casks for a minimum of ten years.

Talisker 10 Year: Cheat Sheet

Type of WhiskySingle Malt
Age statement10Y
Is it good?Yes
Is it top-shelf?Yes
Does it expire?No
Good for beginners?No
Good for cocktails?No
Good with Coke?No
Calories per shot108