Talisker Skye

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
45.8 % Vol.
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Added on
08 Feb 2015 3:43 pm by wacher

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€ 36.73

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Skye

84 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.11 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Talisker Light

    Just like the Port Ruighe, this Skye is another NAS bottling by Talisker. It is clearly an entry level malt, judging by the price tag. It is also a bit younger than the standard 10 Year Old. This Talisker, named after the island where the distillery is located, was meant to be the successor of the 10, but so far it looks like both will remain on the shelves, which is a good thing.

    The nose is rather closed and soft. The typical pepper and peat is somewhat understated, if you know what I mean. I get mostly grain cookies, citrus, vanilla and pears.

    On the palate, it comes a lot closer to the 10. Brine, soft peat and a lot of pepper precede the sweetness of the white fruit and the vanilla. There is even a hint o peach.

    The finish is medium long, sweet and spicy. The peat smoke lingers the longest.

    If the Talisker 10 is a scoundrel, then this is it's docile little brother. The 10 wrapped in silk. Talisker Light. Nothing wrong with it, but since they are in the same price range, I opt for the 10. Thanks for the sample, Pat.

  2. TobiasHolm scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Overall quite a flat, forgettable, but not unpleasant whisky.
    • Nose
      73 73
      Mainly smoke, and very uninteresting
    • Taste
      80 80
      The redeeming part of the whisky, as the taste is not bad at all, the smoke is pleasant, but again, not a lot else going on.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Again, nothing apart from the smoke, forgettable.

  3. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Beats whisky, whisky makes you remember hot sauces. It has its own uniqueness, expressed in the aftertaste.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Pepper citruses, salt, phenols, smoke, smoked oranges with zest, smoked meat, dried grass.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Meets sweet malt, orange zest, pepper, smoke.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Nakatom fettles and envelops the throat with bright natural pepper, adding smoked orange when weakening.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    pity Talisker did this to himself

    not a bad whisky but not really good either

    Ranking 1st run, 2nd mouth, 3rd nose
    • Nose
      something stingy
      a fruit brandy
      then he comes slowly with chocolate note and fruit
      he becomes salty, maritime
      a light cow bar aroma
      Horseheart sharpness behind it
      the flavors are completely closed and do not open properly
      that looks young and immature
    • Taste
      initially softer in the mouth
      but also here the notes do not unfold properly
      behind the alcohol aromas you can feel fruit, chocolate and maritime echoes
      The smoke develops in the throat, but is also lost in the alcohol
    • Finish
      in the end, some Fassaroma

  5. MLE scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salt, smoke, sweetness. A breeze of the sea breeze. A bit of minerality and earthiness. Caramel, toffee. Salty caramel.
    • Taste
      Sweetness, salt. Lots of salt. Salty caramel. Sea. Slightly warming up. Still sweet and salty.
    • Finish
      Slightly warming up. Sweetness, toffee. Some sweet smoke. Salty caramel. Salt, but less than on the tongue or nose. Sweet creaminess. The average length.

  7. MJ69 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Talisker is one of my favorite drinks. There's always a lot going on in them. I "approached" this whisky several times, after which I decided to write about its qualities.
    It is good, but unremarkable compared to the other outlets of this distillery. Pretty sweet in every variant (aroma, taste, finish). It is also fruity, but with too much bitterness, which supposedly disappears in the end, but leaves that specific aftertaste. After tasting drams, I tried the 10-year-old version. And if I had done it before drinking the rated one, I would have to revise my grade considerably. Bought for a small amount of money and this is also its advantage.
    • Nose
      tender, sweet, smoky, peaty, apples, raisins, a little oak, earthy
    • Taste
      quite sweet, fruit, apples, citrus, freshly cut grass, smoke, salty breeze, seaweed, some smoke
    • Finish
      long, warming, sweet, honey-bitter, peppery end with a charred log.

  8. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Just go buy the 10 year old instead of this.

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Talisker Skye 45.8%, consumed August 2019. Aroma is vanilla, some young whisky esters suggesting pineapple and papaya, faintest smoke. Burnt creme brulee. Taste is oily with some vanilla and a rich burnt smokiness. Nice body for sure. The taste is also good - the brash Talisker spirit isn't as jarring as it can be. Actually the overall effect is very pleasing. Hard and crisp. Lingering burnt barley and brine. Uncompromising like most Talisker. However, this is much better than the 10 to my taste. Has that Talisker harshness in one sip, and then the next is balanced and pleasant. Maybe a Talisker for people who don't like Talisker? 3.6/86

  10. hafssol scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Clearly young and with some alcohol sharpness, especially on the nose and in the foretaste. After that, the typical Talisker character is there, with its seaside peatiness and peppery notes, just a bit easier and less complex.

    I've been quite skeptical about this and, even if the overall feeling isn't bad at all, it still can't compete with the 10 yo. Had it as a sample and actually I wouldn't buy a bottle, alao because the small price difference from the 10 yo, which doesn't justify the downgrade in taste.


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