Whisky Review – Talisker Skye


Talisker Skye
45.8% ABV
£38.95 from Master of Malt
The new, controversial non-age statement expression from Talisker on the Isle of Skye. I’m reviewing this directly side by side with the Talisker 10 year old. Both from bottles opened only a few days ago. 
Colour. 
The first thing to notice that Skye is darker than the 10. However, as the back suggests in German, we are in the added colouring zone. Colour is not as it seems. Other than I would suspect there is more in Skye. 
Nose.
Softly, softly, sweeter Talisker. More fruit and less smokey spice. Ripe Apple, pears, something candied orange peel like. Light pepper, light smoked mackerel. Bonfire smoke from a good distance. Sweet cinnamon. Pastry. Burnt brown sugar. Caramel. Treacle toffee. The smokiness is hidden behind the sweetness. It’s a simpler nose than the 10 year old. Sniffable, but sweetness heavy. 
Palate.
Sweet arrival, with a little smokey peat hit, alongside the alcohol nip.  Once subsided we have plenty of apples, pears, a touch of saltiness, sugar, caramel, toffee, some more fruit, then it kind of fades a little bit, and becomes sweet and watery with a little salty caramel, hint of chocolate. 
Finish.
Short-medium length, some pepper, lots of sweet caramel/toffee. Touches of salt, BBQ sauce, some charred oak, with a touch of gooseberry. Leaves the mouth dry  and needy, easy to drop back for another sip. 
Adding water.
A few drops added. There is more of a floral element up front, Parma violets. I would say the smoke is more prominent on the nose now, but the fruit is sidelined. Still sweet, and sugary, but in the floral sense. The palate is very sweet, sugared fruit, apples, pears, oranges, caramel, toffee, again fading out during the development. The finish, shorter, sweet, caramel, toffee, light fruit. One not to add water to as it lessens the experience. 
Conclusion.
It’s not bad. It is essentially Talisker for the masses. It’s very approachable and easy going, and has elements of the Talisker 10 year old we know and love. It’s easy drinking. A whisky more about drinking than experiencing whisky. 
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it several times. 46%. Non-chill filtered. No colouring. Please. Your as near as dammit to 46% anyway, surely obliterating the chill filtration would save you money in the production process anyway!!!
Comparison. Skye vs. 10 year old. 
It comes down to the most simplistic question. Do you want complex or easy drinking? If you want easy, quaffable whisky then go Skye! If you want to taste your whisky, feel your whisky, take your time and savour. Go for the 10 year old. 
My own bottle….more Talisker expressions to come. 
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