Thursday 9 March 2017

Talisker Skye Review

Hi everyone,

Me again, this time with some Talisker. This version caused a bit of a stir when it was released as people thought it would be replacing the 10yo. Thankfully, (at least where I am) the 10yo coexists harmoniously with the Skye. Weirdly they are normally the same price, but Skye is constantly on deal at about £25, whereas the 10yo remains pretty constant.

I’m working on a bit about purifiers at the moment, but very interestingly Talisker has purifiers on the wash stills and not the spirit stills. Pretty unusual, especially as it is the only distillery to use purifiers and Worm Tubs.

Talisker Skye 45.8%
Colour: Diageo GoldTM
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Pretty classic. Sea spray, black pepper, fresh ginger, orange marmalade, apple and pear esters (similar to Storm).
Taste: It's Talisker. More fruity maybe than the 10yo, but it's still great. A little weak starting maybe. Sea spray, black pepper, apple, orange marmalade, ginger then more white pepper.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Quite spicy with white pepper, ginger and more salt.
Even NAS Talisker proves its provenance. Impressive, better than Storm. Thank the whisky Gods they kept this at 45.8%, any less would have killed it and a lot of their fanbase would have raised pitchforks.

Thanks for reading!

Review #345

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90+ Magnificent

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