Talisker Skye single malt whisky review and tasting notes
The Single Malt Talisker Skye is a dark and sumptuous whiskey, elegant, with a very intense, pungent marine flavor and a splendid smoky finish that fades into a cascade of honey, ginger, pepper.
It does not want to be the definitive Scotch whiskey, indeed many newbies will not like it due to its strong smoking, however, the symphony of sweet, brackish and smoky tones is remarkable. Well shaped, driven by a good alcoholic rhythm, structure and fruity memories.
Certainly, it is not a velvety whiskey, indeed it is very virile, direct, suitable for strong palates who love the peat, but it is not lost only in dark and sooty tones, indeed it has a lot to say.
And once again, when it comes to great whiskies, we have to talk about the sea, because the Talisker is the undisputed (and only) lord of the Isle of Skye, in the north of Scotland.
Pure waters that flow through the peat, malt selected with love and aging that is clearly affected by the influence of the sea breeze. The savory tones, the salty references are well present and give a good variety.
The years of aging are not specified, but we are dealing with a complex but never too cerebral dram.
This blue label is a special edition and was named Skye in honor of the island of origin and the sea, which plays such a fundamental role in the production process.
The nose is quite introverted, it starts immediately with strong peaty notes, then opens and lets you glimpse a glimmer of pear, ginger, apple, spices, tobacco and pepper from time to time. A little bit of vanilla and lots of oak, walnuts and hazelnuts, but everything is punctuated by delicious iodized references.
What does the Single Malt Talisker Skye taste like?
Wide mouth, very warm, mottled with mature and spicy flavors. Clean finish with savory returns. Generous structure, minerality and good balance.
If we want to make a note, the “roasting” is a bit too strong and clear-cut and pushes a nice underlying pleasantness out of the aromatic framework. But as we have already said, it is not a delicate whisky played on finesse, but the strength of contrasts.
About 35-40 euros. If you find it under 40 it’s a bargain.
Single Malt Talisker Skye food pairings
Excellent with smoked appetizers, grilled fish or Salmon fillet with teriyaki sauce, even if it is at its best with grills and great bbq classics such as pulled pork, smoked chicken wings, brisket.