Sitting amongst the Inner Hebridean Scottish Isles, Skye is rugged, windswept, a place of extremes. Talisker on the Isle of Skye captures the spirit of its island home perfectly. Bursting with the famous smokiness, the surprising subtle notes of black pepper, and yet rounded with a smooth finish, Talisker is a delicious contradiction.
Another that should need no introduction. Talisker 10 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky was aged for 10 years in American oak casks, and a part of Diageo’s Classic Malts. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that gives the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker’s smoke, which ain’t as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality.
NOSE: Powerful peat-smoke with just a hint of sea-water saltiness, fresh oysters, and a citrus sweetness.
PALATE: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.
FINISH: Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetizing sweetness.