Review: Talisker Skye

TaliskerSkyeBottleTalisker Skye – 45.8% abv

Info: NAS. Toasted and refill American oak casks accentuate the sweet, citrus notes of Talisker. More notes on SWB here.
Colour: Orange golden.
Nose: Sweet, malty, some younger spirit. Toffee and caramel notes. Puffs of smoke from the peat.
Palate: A fair pinch of Talisker spices and pepper but with sweet malty caramel tones and puffs of gentle smoke. Quite thick feel.
Finish: Fairly long caramelly smoke with barley malt lasting out.
Water: Brings out a slight chocolate note on the nose. Reduced the spices on the palate, but also reduces the smoky peat.
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News & PR: Talisker launches new whisky, Talisker Skye


TaliskerSkyeBottleTALISKER SKYE is the newest release from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. Crafted to reflect the rugged, wild beauty of the Isle of Skye, the new whisky pays homage to the island’s majestic landscape and coastline.

Capturing the essence of Skye in a bottle, the liquid has been made from a combination of hand selected toasted and refill American oak casks, carefully chosen by Talisker’s master blenders to accentuate the sweet, citrus notes of Talisker, whilst retaining the distillery’s unmistakable character. The result is a Talisker expression that opens with welcoming, smoky sweet notes, developing into deep maritime flavours and culminating in a powerful, spicy conclusion.

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Review: Talisker 5 Year Old – Douglas Of Drumlanrig

Talisker-5yo-Pack-webTalisker 5yo – Douglas of Drumlanrig – Best of the West Festival bottling – 59.9% ABV

Info: Distilled in December 2008 and bottled in April 2014. Single cask, 298 bottles, refill hogshead cask 10592 from the folks at Hunter Laing.

Colour: Very light to clear, hints of yellow.

Nose: Peppery strong nose with peaty smoke wafting around like a gale on a beach on Skye (or Islay). It’s maybe held back a little by the high ABV. Sweet lush young barley.

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News: Talisker Introduces New Port-finished Single Malt Whisky

talisker-port-ruighe_mediumresFollowing the successful launch of TALISKER STORM™ in March, the famous Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the Isle of Skye is now acquiring another new family member, this time enriched by double maturation in port cask wood.

It has been named TALISKER PORT RUIGHE™, after the principal town and port on the Isle of Skye, and as a tribute to the great Scottish trading-houses such as the Cockburns, Grahams and Symingtons who braved the high seas and were instrumental in the creation and global growth of the port wine trade.

TALISKER PORT RUIGHE combines the powerful smoky maritime character of Talisker with succulent sweet notes of rich berry fruits for a superb contrasting taste experience.
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News: Talisker Distillery’s New Visitor Centre Opens After £1 Million Revamp


The world-famous Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye has opened its doors to its spectacular new visitor centre following a £1million redevelopment.

Distillery manager Mark Lochhead officially opened the new centre in time for the Easter tourist season following a major revamp and expansion of the distillery’s visitor facilities.
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Review & Comparison: Talisker Storm vs Talisker 10yo

talisker-storm-whiskyTalisker Storm – NAS – 45.8%
(NAS = No Age Statement)

Light golden in colour, a touch of E150a so I’m told.

The smell is sweet and sour, peat and smoke, with dry grassy/mossy undertones and lashings of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium to light oils, and surprisingly smooth especially considering there’s probably some younger whisky here, and a reasonable abv, which is great to see. This does seem a little more Islay in style, but not quite so costal or iodiney maybe.

The finish is really fairly long with sweet woody notes coming through.
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