Talisker Skye

From Talisker Distillery, the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye, comes Talisker Skye, a new and young expression that embodies the rugged island and the distillery’s character.

Talisker Skye
Talisker Skye

Talisker Skye (45.8% ABV) has no age statement and the single malt is aged in a combination of heavily charred refill American oak casks as well as a small proportion of bourbon casks which give the spirit a reddish coppery hue.

Soft on the nose, it starts with green apple and ripe pears and leads onto maritime notes of fresh seaweed and sea salt along with classic Talisker smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft sweet style that makes you question when the smoke will come through until it rewards with peaty notes at the end. The finish is rather short and sharp which is what you expect from a young whisky.

Talisker Skye is the third no age statement expression after Talisker Storm and Talisker Dark Storm and is not as heavily peated as other Talisker expressions. The malt is best described as smoky and sweet with a characteristic maritime character.

Skye’s The Limit Cocktail

As entry level Talisker, the whisky is well suited to cocktails such as the signature serve Skye’s The Limit, made with Lillet Blanc and sage leaves.

Talisker Skye
Skye’s The Limit Cocktail

Ingredients:
40 ml Talisker Skye
55 ml Lillet Blanc
3 Leaves of Sage + more for garnish

Method:
1. Slap the sage and add into mixing glass.
2. Fill mixing glass with ice and add Talisker Skye and Lillet Blanc.
3. Mix until chilled and strain into frozen cocktail coupe glass.
4. Garnish with sage leaves.

Talisker Skye will be available at RRP $85.99 AUD.

Talisker Skye was tasted at the Diageo Whisky Club launch.

Photo Credit: Caroline McCredie. Used with permission.

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Talisker Skye was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.