Talisker Skye, NAS, 45,8 %
The Talisker Skye is the latest NAS addition to the core range from Talisker Distillery. It was released around one year ago. Talisker Skye has been matured in a combination of refill American oak ex-bourbon casks and rejuvenated (freshly charred) casks. We are told this cask selection will give us a whisky with more spices and more vanilla than what we are used to from Talisker. Well shall see about that...
The ABV of 45,8 % is chosen as this is the old bottling strength for Talisker. It equals 80 British proof; not to be confused with the proof system used in the USA where you simply multiply the ABV by 2.
Nose (21/25): Light and delicate nose. Vanilla, soft smoke (not very noticeable at all), a hint of fresh oak, sweet caramel and sweet licorice.
Taste (22/25): The classic Talisker peppery notes are very much present, and they might even be upped a bit - as promised. Rich and soft wood smoke. A touch of oak. Quite a creamy mouthfeel - almost buttery.
Finish (21/25): Medium long finish. Dark chocolate, cocoa, sweetened coffee and vanilla. Remains creamy al the way to the end.
Balance (21/25): A fine entry level dram, I would say. But it is nowhere near the magic of the Talisker 10 YO, which I really do love.
Image from Master of Malt.
Sláinte! - Thomas