Tucked away on the Isle of Skye, Talisker is (at the time of writing!) the only operational distillery on the island and offers up a dram that is distinctive and delivers all the characteristics you’d expect of the western isle. The 10 year old release is the distillery’s most recognised expression and can be found in most decent bars – largely due to it being in the Classic Malts family. The distillers also recommend that it is enjoyed with smoked salmon, should you be so inclined.
Slightly medicinal/iodine-like, peat smoke, peppery and vanilla sweetness.
Fudge sweetness, slight sea air/salt and spice.
Lingering peat and warming finish.
Like its western isle counterparts, this island’s staple delivers a peaty punch whilst providing sugar and spice (and all things nice). Personally, I find it a little smoother than any of the Islay peat monsters and it displays a bit more of the maritime saltiness that you would expect from being stored for 10 years on a remote island. Overall, it’s a great peaty whisky that won’t quite blow your head off but might leave you catching your smoky breath.