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.
Talisker 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky was aged for 18 years in casks which previously held bourbon and sherry. This malt was named Best Whisky in the World at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards, a must try for any true Talisker fan.
NOSE: Rich and fruity Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water, those maritime characteristics emerge once again dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.
PALATE: Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The overall effect is warming. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee.
FINISH: Medium length. The characteristic chilli ’catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.