A sweet and smoky new expression has been added to the Talisker range of single malts, described as paying homage to the Isle of Skye’s “majestic landscape and coastline”.
Talisker Skye uses whiskies from toasted and refill American oak casks, chosen by its master blenders to accentuate the sweet, citrus notes of Talisker while retaining the Skye distillery’s character.
The result is a Talisker expression that opens with smoky sweet notes, developing into deep maritime flavours and culminating in a powerful, spicy conclusion, with ABV of 45.8%.
Distillery manager Stuart Harrington said: “We’re very proud to welcome Talisker Skye to our family of distinctive whiskies. We’re extremely passionate about both our whiskies and home, the Isle of Skye, and see this whisky as the perfect way of celebrating this.
“Our master blenders worked tirelessly to create an expression that embodies Skye’s wild beauty – and we’re delighted with the end product; it’s Skye in a bottle.”
According to the tasting notes, the whisky starts gently on the nose with the citrus sweetness of fresh oranges. Behind this, there is a maritime air with fresh seaweed, dry driftwood and sea salt, backed by classic Talisker notes of comforting smoke.
More spice yields a peppery and slightly earthy nose-feel. There is also a sweet-sharp trace of toffee apple with some red berry fruit. Water tames the spice and smoke, but the aroma remains maritime.
With a medium, softly textured body, the whisky is at first soft and sweet on the palate, coating and tingling the tongue, with very light smoke. That sweetness quickly becomes more savoury, evoking salted caramels and honey-glazed ribs on a barbecue, with subtle smoke and a hot spiciness.
After this, it is gently chewy with some herbal notes. At reduced strength, the taste remains salty, though less so, after a lightly sweet start.
It joins the Talisker range alongside the 10 Year Old and Storm, which also use a mix of refill and toasted American oak casks, as well as Port Ruighe which is double matured in port casks.