I thought to carry on my reviews by continuing with the march of the 10 year olds. Back to Scotland this time and the Isle of Skye.
Region: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Style: Single Malt
Age: 10 Years
The only distillery on the Isle of Skye. Originally they triple distilled but changed to double-distillation in 1928. In 1880 Robert Louis Stevenson described it, in his poem “The Scotsman’s Return From Abroad”, as “The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Islay, or Glenlivet.”
Talisker has an unusual feature – swan neck lye pipes. A loop exists in the pipes taking the vapour from the stills to the worm tubs so some of the alcohol condenses before it even reaches the cooler. It then runs back in to the stills and is distilled again.
Colour: Rich gold to amber
Nose: Up front charcoal smokiness, peat smoke. Closely followed by seaweed, saltiness and sweet citrus. Hint of fields of heather. An attractive, fresh and clean nose.
Palate: Wonderful peat smokiness with dried fruits (pear), freshly ground black pepper and barley. A surprisingly sweetness to the palate with a lovely softness to it – except for the superb burst of pepper at back of ones throat.
Body: Full and intense with plenty of nice legs.
Finish: Powerful with an enduring warm and peppery finish with a mention of sweetness towards the end.
Overall: A delightful whisky for me. It has the peaty smokiness of the Islay whiskies that I like (but not to such a strong degree) yet has a pleasant sweetness to it that balances out the pepper and peaty smoke nicely.
My Score: 89