Founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, the Talisker distillery is located on the Island of Skye. The Isle of Skye is renowned for its rich, varied landscape – from its soft, serene shores to the dark, jagged peaks of the Cuillin mountains. Talisker is known for having unique characteristics, of peppery and even to some extent chilli-peppery attributes. However, nobody quite knows where this taste comes from. Talisker Skye is the distillery’s ode to these appealing contrasts, with a smoky sweetness, maritime notes and a spicy edge. An interesting fact to know: Talisker is also bottled slightly higher strength than other whiskies, which only enhances its pungency.
On the nose: you’ll get an enticing note of candy apple, toffee, vanilla, liqourice and a welcomed waft of smoke. This is closely followed by some orange zest, black pepper and cinnamon. Tropical notes in the form of banana, coconut and mango start to emerge, alongside notes of raisins. The nose is nicely rounded off with notes of cherry drops, thyme and a seductive maritime note. On the palate: that initial flavour of candy apple is evident, followed by vanilla and dollop of peat. This is proceeded by notes of toffee, cracked black pepper, cinnamon and toasted oats. The palate is completed with notes of orange zest, cardamom, mixed fruits, coffee and the nuttiness of walnuts. The finish: medium, dry and spicy, with lingering flavours of peat and nuttiness.
The verdict: Sounds strange but this is dram I’ve wanted to try since it was first released in 2015 but somehow, other tipples kept coming along – until now that is. The nose & palate of Skye was rather unexpected but yet still signature Talisker. With its warm inviting nose and palate that is uncomplicated, yet satisfying – it makes it a dram one should have their cabinet. With an ABV of 45.8%, in my opinion, you don’t really need to add any water but if required, then only add a small amount until it is right for you. Just a side note: I must say this dram really came alive when paired with dark chocolate.
Talisker Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found at any well-stocked whisky shop or online for approximately £40.
For more information on this Non-age statement Skye Single Malt Scotch, visit the official Talisker website.