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.
Totally agree with your point of buying the 10 when they are so closely priced it has the added peppery bite and brine/sea spray which is why I like Talisker. Currently have a 10 and Distillers edition open, the DE just rounds off the flavour with the added sherry maturation but still retains all what I love from the 10.
I have a bottle of Skye and Storm in the cupboard and when I buy the 57 North in May will do a flight with friends who like the 10. Tried the 57 and Dark Storm at airport when last travelling and did not rate the Dark Storm too much burnt wood on the palate and will not be buying a bottle while the 57 was a treat.