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Talisker Skye

(70cl, 45.8%)

Talisker Skye

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Talisker Skye Bottling Note

Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a more well-rounded and sweet flavour profile packed with fresh citrus, sweet smoke, peppery spice and traditional Talisker maritime notes. It's matured in a combination of refill and toasted American oak casks, with a slightly higher proportion of toasted casks. Perfect for those who perhaps find the classic Talisker flavour profile a bit too much, not to say that Talisker fans won't enjoy it too.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet stuff, toffees and vanilla ice cream up front, almost grain-like. Becomes increasingly honeyed. There's a little coastal influence here too, just hints of a sweet Caol Ila perhaps, with very restrained smoke.

Palate: Honeyed toasted oak, sappy wood, only a little pepper and smoke, apple turnovers and hints of lemon and lime Opal Fruits. Fennel seeds.

Finish: Drying and slightly less sweet, hints of spice and smoke.

Overall: A more approachable, sweet Talisker. 'The Isle of Skye in June'.

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Talisker Skye Reviews

Really, really good.

For anyone who likes a smokey taste, this is one of the best. Might not be to everyone's taste, but that means all the more for me. Wonderful.

29th October 2020

Better to keep to the lower grade whiskys

Received a bottle of Talisker Skye for my 80th birthday 16/oct/1940 .
I opened it the same day in the presence of family embarrassing
We could not believe the taste it was horrible, described as the dregs from washing the burnt drums out with cystic soda I don’t think I will be convinced to ever buy another £40 Talisker again .

26th October 2020

Great whisky, great recommendation.

As an intermediate Whiskey drinker, my review might not say much.
But having kept this bottle in my cabinet for a few months, and just tasting this today, I might say I do not agree with the other reviews.

I find this Whiskey more than palatable, bringing lots of delicious and complex flavours to my tastebuds. It starts out having a subtle burn (which I like, others might not), all the while the main characters like slight smoke, sweet apple, pear and caramel hits my tongue shine through in the time it takes the drink to go from my tongue to my stomach. The aftertaste is short, but to me it serves vanilla-y notes while still maintaining the smokey Island notes of a true Talisker.

This Whiskey will most definetly have a future in my liquor cabinet, and I will recommend it as much as I can.

Cheers from a Danish Bartender and waiter.

25th October 2020

Wouldn't buy it again !!!

Not pleasant. Too much smokeyness, hides the shuttle whisky flavour.

16th October 2020


Not a expert by a long way but like smooth malts ...thought I would give this a whirl at a discounted £25 ..was £39..

For me a very acquired taste..very smokey smell and aftertaste ...glad I tried it and it improves the more you have ..but wouldn’t buy another ...bit too strong smokiness for me

14th October 2020


Worst whisky I've had in a long time. Tastes very young.

Nothing about it stands out.

12th October 2020


Too Harsh. I like talisker, especially the 18, distillers edition and even the game of thrones version, which are the style I like, with the complexity of the sherry sweetness pulling the peat and salt together and rounding off the edges. It's what I expect when I think of talisker. I thought this was meant to be sweet, it's not. It's bitter with too much burn. For the price hardly surprising I guess. Comes across as young, cheap and lacking. Like taliskers version of red label.

9th October 2020

Cheap- because it's nasty

This is the perfect expression of Talisker- if you're trying to quit drinking. Made by the sea? I doubt it's spent much time maturing on the island, more likely some bunker in the central belt down wind from a burning car tyre. Sainsbury's discounts it to £25.50 but save it for the 10yo (or 12yo Highland Park you'll find on the same shelf).

1st October 2020

Thick, sugary smoke. Unusual.

Plenty peaty and smokey enough without being overbearing. Only mild iodine. Some salt. Honey. A very low level, uncomplex flavour profile and nose beyond the peat smoke. Thick and oily. Sweet, too sweet. A pleasant drink, but is this a whisky or a whisky liqueur? Peated drambuie comes to mind. Pleasant and inoffensive, but odd. Thick, sugary smoke. Some will love it.
3.5 stars.

28th September 2020


Rather bitter a bit harsh, wouldn't buy again

20th September 2020

Smokey like licking an old burnt peice of charcoal

Far too over powering with the smoke on this whiskey. Not nice at all unless you've severely damaged your taste buds after years of smoking cigars.. not reccommended at all! Get your self a nice Glen morganie!

19th September 2020

Sweetly peat based with a gentle after taste.

Having been fairly new to single malts in the last 1-2 years. I have become so favourable to Peat heavy and boisterous whiskeys. In my time, I have tested a few of the common go to’s. My favourite without a doubt if Lagavulin 16. It takes me on an experience and I feel like I am truly beholding the whiskey world when I unfolded this dram. I picked up the talisker Skye after enjoying the talisker 10. I would like to just say after reading the below reviews, it is sweet and it is all the things people are saying it is, yet, that’s exactly what it is boasting and trying to be. It’s a great introduction for anyone trying to get into whiskey that is peat heavy. Enjoy this dram in a Glencairn with one ice cube for my personal favourite indulgence.

9th September 2020

Not great but not bad

Shows it’s young age, a little coarse. A dash of water helps smooth it out. Not bad if you like a bit of Islay peat, but there are better examples at the same price.

If it’s on a deal (often is) then not bad at all, but I wouldn’t pay full price.

30th August 2020

seems a cheap drink compared to the 10 year old

This is a harsh whiskey in my opinion and nothing like the smokey seaweed of the 10 year old.
I would not buy again

23rd August 2020

Sweet and one-dimensional

I'm a big fan of the Talisker 10 year-old, it's one of my favourite whiskies. So I'm sorry to say I thought this was dreadful. None of the pepperiness of the original, and all that's left is peat and sugar. Not a great combination

13th August 2020

On the plus side a bottle will last a long time.

Well, I have to say that some of the reviews are quite 'emotional' but think in fairness this whiskey is a disappointment. It is sickly, and I suspect the sweetness is added.

Save your money. There are miles better options on masters of malt.

24th July 2020

too smoky aftertaste

Its sweet and smooth - but has too much of a smokey aftertaste - guess if you smoke this might be good for you but the smokiness lingers too long for me

11th July 2020

Pick of the litter

Perfect dram. Sweet and spicy. Hint of smoke. Perfect with a spliff!

20th June 2020

There’s no accounting for tastes

I have been a fan of Talisker whiskies for nearly 60 years, and still have a couple of bottles of the 1991 Distillers Edition in my cellar. I picked up a miniature of Skye in an airport duty-free early this year, and sampled it yesterday. I found it very pleasant and smooth, peaty and not harsh. Must be genetic.

24th May 2020

My go - to single malt

Lightly peated and therefore not overpowering smokiness. I have settled on this one .

23rd May 2020

Far to sweet.

I really like the core range Talisker 10 and Storm and assumed the Sky would be the same, boy was I wrong. It's sweet beyond belief but not a nice balanced sweetness you get off sherry casks but a clawing fake sugar sweetness. Even the higher ABV can't help this one. On the plus side the peat packed a good punch but that's about it.

3rd May 2020

Not my cup of whisky

Not my taste. Bought by mistake

21st April 2020

Thoroughly enjoyable. Warm. Good staying-power.

Peat and pepper, some nice acidity providing a sweet fruity note, very pleasant and long finish. Lingering mouth-watering feel.

A teaspoon of water in a generous dram, and a few minutes rest, really opens it up. The fruit comes to the fore, the smoke is tamed, but the peppery bite and finish remains.

Fantastic bottle for under £40. Just fantastic.

4th April 2020

Hope it's just a bad bottle

First time I've tasted this single malt I'm no amateur all I get is smoke and not nice smoke overpowering coal fire

28th March 2020

My favourite

Very new to whisky and after a bit of experimenting came across this which has quickly become my go to and favourite. Its lightly peated and as it says tastes and smells of the sea.I have quite a few malts in my collection now, some far more expensive than this but I just love this stuff and always come back to it which is great because it's so accessible, always on offer in one of the main supermarket chains and stocked in most decent bars. Glenmorangie classic got me into whisky but Talisker Skye got me into peated whisky, a route I'm happy to stay down for the time being.

6th February 2020

Skye OK 10 maybe better

Sat here with a glass on the side. I perhaps prefer the 10 but this is not that bad. I just love to amuse myself with a dram in hand reading the rubbish some people write on here.

21st January 2020


Solid lightly peated malt. I recommend to any peaty seeking drinker on a tight budget.

12th January 2020


Can’t believe some of the reviews on here. This is a lovely dram. Quite sweet with a lovely pepperyness to it. Peat and smoke as well of course. Lovely after a roast dinner

4th January 2020

Approachable talisker with more sweetness.

My son just bought me this for xmas. Nice sweetness, but still retaining the talisker peat and smoke. Prefer the ten year old, but still a lovely drink. First night off having worked xmas and relaxing with a few tipples. Well worth buying

29th December 2019

Not the real thing at all

Bought this by mistake while looking for real talisker and wish I had been paying more attention. Seems like a whisky concocted for people who don't like whisky.

1st December 2019

Easy to drink and an overall enjoyable experience

I am usually a non whiskey drinker; however, was gifted a bottle for my 60th and will definitely be buying a second.

19th November 2019

Avoid if you have taste buds

I brought a bottle of this from Morrison’s,it smells like burnt wood and tastes like it as well,when ever I see a talisker bottle il steer clear,this could put many off whiskey and I can see why,vile nasty waste of money

7th November 2019

I think Talisker made a mistake, selling this without tasting it first

This stuff is just awful, it's as if the stuff was matured in a plastic cask,
On the pallet, angry methylated spirit,s and that aftertaste is artificial aspartame with a hint of dirty rubber tyre.

21st October 2019

Old Greg's second favourite drink.

Forget all the bollxxx the tasting notes say and go by your own nose and palate. This is an amazing liquid as it tastes like what the Isle of Skye should taste like to me in my imagination. Salty, seaweed, peat, smoke and old fisherman's nets drying in the wind with a hint of TCP on the gumboil on the fisherman's nose! Weird. Not sure it is actually "nice" but is more of an authentic experience. Worth a try for 25 quid.

2nd August 2019

Very good.

just open the bottle. the first dram is very nice. A bit less peaty initially but lovely finish. Shame its got caramel in it but for £38 its very nice x

24th July 2019


Love it, sweet and spicy, lovely depth of flavour, warms you up, nice hint of smoke and fresh sea air. Delicious.

27th June 2019

Not to bad for the price still sweet and smoky its finish is over to quick and a little harsh

To young 10yr much better pay the extra

19th June 2019

A non whisky drinker will be put off for life. I do like a whisky going to give it three. Could try a case I would be very Happy then. :)

My Son gave me a bottle for Fathers day. Just opened 10pm 17th June. Very different taste I do like a Scotch. Very strong taste I normally like a Jameson very smooth and can be too easy to drink. Lol. May take a while to get on board with this. I'm up for the challenge.

17th June 2019

Excellent value when discounted at a supermarket

I really don’t understand some of the negative reviews included here - TCP and bandages?
This is a younger Talisker bottled at 45.8%% it has a nice balance of sweet , smoke, brine with a spicy finish perhaps not as sophisticated as the 10 year old but I can get this for £22 - come on!?

16th June 2019


Talisker’s character

21st April 2019


if you don't know learn what spooky whiskey is, learn before buy it. it is very good for its price

21st April 2019

Smoky, smooth and well priced.

Haven’t had Talisker in a long time and I expected a similar experience. Having been drinking more Irish whiskey and bourbon lately, I found the smoother, less peaty finish a pleasant surprise, yet still unmistakably an Isle of Skye product. Very good. If you’re looking for a taste of Skye without a peat bomb going off in your mouth, this is for you.

27th March 2019

Excellent starting point for smoke

A £25 introduction to smoke and I love it, sweet smokey and smooth.

1st March 2019

Great introduction to to smoke

Having enjoyed a good Scotch my whole adult life I decided to venture into smokey whiskeys. Talisker Skye was a great starting point with a complexity of flavour and enough sweetness to balance the strength of flavours. Subtle smokiness makes is a great introduction to the smokey whiskeys for the novice.

11th January 2019

Like it a lot.

Smoke and leather followed by a surprising delicate sweetness. I really like it. Seems to be an acquired taste judging by some of the other reviews. Malts really do vary so much.

14th November 2018

Very pleasant

Can't believe some of previous reviewers have ever tasted whisky before given some of the descriptions of Talisker Skye. Found it a very pleasant malt without any majorly strong characteristics. Not a standout by any means but also undeserving of the comparison to floor cleaner !!!

11th November 2018

Very disappointed

This was bought for me as a thank you but I have never opened a bottle poured a shot and had to pour it back in the bottle. Could not drink it it's far to smoky and its not smooth at all.

7th November 2018

Briny islay. If you know what that is?

Hmm theres some real mixed reviews here and im afraid a good portion of the negativity seems to be coming from amateurish whisky drinkers. Is this taliskers finest?, probably not. Is it a fine whisky?, most definitely. It delivers everything you would expect from a decent islay. Strong, raw, rugged hints of the fierce environment from which it is born. If you like sea spray and bonfires with a cask strength abv then look no further. The 10 is better as is the storm. As is the 57° north. But this is a milder version which is exactly what the distillery is aiming for. Take it for what it is. Of course its going to smell of hospitals and iodine its a north Atlantic islay! and yes its got a punch its meant to.


17th October 2018

Stick with Talisker 10

My go to whisky is Lagavulin 16, and I also like Talisker 10, I enjoy the salty smoky notes. But I can’t say on first taste that I’m a massive fan of this Talisker version. I’ll give it another go since I got a bottle for £25 but I hardly get any smoke at all, it tastes almost artificially sweet to me.

14th October 2018

Buy some, try it and see what you think

It's an approachable Talisker. The DNA is there but it's softer and sweeter and actually delivers in a pleasant way. I like it. This is my first measure from a gifted bottle but I will buy it for myself again. It's surprisingly good. A thumbs up from me. Try it and see for yourself.

9th October 2018


This goes way beyond a challenging and engaging malt. It has sweetness and peat but also an overwhelming medicinal taste that strips everything else from your palate and makes this impossible to enjoy. What a waste.

8th October 2018

Do not purchase this malt without first tasting it!

Disappointing and it seems an adverse change from a few years ago. Rough and unpleasant it seems astringent and there is no hint of smoothness. The finish is awful and I regret that I found nothing to recommend this malt. If I purchase from a good wine merchant and a bottle is 'not acceptable' then several will give a refund! Perhaps the distiller can compensate me for selling this wholly undrinkable malt?

3rd October 2018


I dont have a lot fo experience when it comes to Single Malt.. but i am quite familiar what is the bad taste and which is isn't.

I heard this brand from a friend who enjoy having whisky every now and then- and when i got invited into another Friends house , asking me which i want to try in his Whisky shelves. I hurriedly pointed out the Talisker Skye . Oh Boy..really the old saying to "each his own" is defined with this bottle. The smell..the taste..the entry..the palate and the finish- this is it..this is the one for me i said in all excitement..everything about this particular whisky..I LIKE ! and this will always be a part of my collection-an introduction to a budding Whisk(e)y lover ;)

20th August 2018

Taste of Skye

A bold whiskey with strong spicy peat and salt ocean taste. Not for the faint hearted and definitely not too everyone’s taste. Wonderful.

28th July 2018

There are better single malts.

My wife brought me back a bottle from her stay on Skye. Way too much iodine for my taste.
Queensland Australia

8th July 2018

Young and rough

Stick with age statement whiskies. A lot of this is probably younger than 10 years. I tend to avoid NOS whiskies because I want matured and rounder spirit that doesn't burn too much. If you are on a tight budget, this is a way to get ok smoky flavor. Talisker only put this out because there's a lot of demand. Save it for the Chinese who can have this one, because they mostly care about brand label and not content and please, Diageo, save your mature whisky for the Western markets.

2nd June 2018

Worth a go

Slightly sweeter than I expected. Still has enough spicy flavours to be interesting. I would definitely buy again to change things up from my usual favourites.

30th May 2018

less than 10

I love the Talisker 10
If you like the 10, dont buy this one.

26th February 2018

A cheap and cheerful smoky Scotch

If you like Talisker Storm or 10, you’ll like this - it’s a variation on that theme, albeit not as smoky and a little sweeter.

Those giving it 0 or 1 star are being a little hysterical; it’s a nice Scotch and exactly what you’d expect from Talisker.

I paid £26 which is a bit of a bargain. Next time I’d pay a bit more and go for the Storm or the 10 (or back to Laphroaig 10), but this is very drinkable.

20th February 2018

Very smokey, peaty. Love it 😁

It is a strong and very peaty whisky.
If you don't enjoy laphroaig, this is NOT for you. I love it. Added to some cheap Bells on a 3 part bells to 1 part Tali, it adds massively to the experience for a fraction of the cost of other posh whiskies

20th February 2018

Do not buy!!

Cannot drink this it tastes vile!!! I drink alot of malt with age to them but this is equivalent to being splashed with surgical spirit.

3rd February 2018

Good value and a different "heavy" scotch for proper whisky drinkers!

Warm and smokey with underlying toastiness and a kick. If you like Islay style peaty scotch you'll like this. My only complaint it isn't as smooth as top whiskies but then it probably has not been in a cask for over 8 years.

25th January 2018

Avoid -best used as smelling salts on a rugby pitch

In the noise it smells like hospital tcp! On the Tongue it tastes like I’ve just licked a hospital floor after it has just been mopped with tcp and old whiskey

20th January 2018

A mighty beast! Deep and intense!

On tasting my first dram of Talisker Skye the tip of my young sizzled in a way I wasn't sure I liked, I really thought I had made the wrong choice. I persevered though and once I "learned" to drink this properly I grew to really enjoy the spicy smokey flavour and the tingle on the tongue. Deep and complex, stick with it!

19th January 2018


very deep complex taste, fruity with vanilla flavor, a real highlight of a Sabbath evening,
7,5 on my 0 to 10 scale

18th January 2018

No thanks, never again

Bought this for a new year treat but am struggling to drink it...absolutely ghastly. Will give it a wide berth in future.

2nd January 2018

Initial taste is fine, bit of a bad finish.

It's not too bad. The smell is lovely, initially tastes wonderful, but does leave a vicious aftertaste on the tongue. I paid £25 so I can't complain, and, it's a nice whiskey, but if you want better then you pay more in my opinion. For a single malt, it's damn fine.

25th December 2017

Initially not good..but stick with's got legs

Not very impressed.. Had my first glass yesterday and thought it horrible.. But today it's a little's quite rough and has a after taste of pear drops.. But it's beginning to grow on me...if your new to single malts? Don't go near it..but up a snowy mountain with a gale blowing! It might be the best choice? This is a working man's whisky! It's got muscle..

24th December 2017

Terrible taste and smell do not buy

Do not buy!

23rd December 2017

Terrible finish is being kind!

Ok, this has worst finish I have ever tasted in a single malt.. The overpowering peaty dry taste at the end is awful... Even dampened or with a ice cube it was still painful to drink... I offered this my 66 year old Father and his drinking buddies, guess what they still struggling get through the bottle and all agree with out prompting have the same complaint as I do.

13th December 2017

Not as bad as some would have you believe...

I've had this a couple of times lately, as it was on at a decent price and I have to say I found it quite nice.

I'm not seeking to damn it with faint praise. I am an Ardbeg man through and through and yet I found this to be pleasant, if a little insubstantial, and without that chemical taste some attest to.

I think it is very likely that is a genetic factor. I for one, can not only smell asparagus pee, but process it very quickly, so the smallest amount turns me into the dark Luke Skywalker at the porcelain wall.

So yes, it's not great, but it's not bad and as I cannot drink blended scotch and won't pay over £20 for an ordinary Irish, it makes this a good low-rent option to have on the shelf.

Anyone who disagrees is welcome to their opinion and I raise a glass and bow to your greater knowledge.

11th December 2017

Not bad for £25. Sadly not great either

Picked up on special offer, hoping for a poor man's 10 yo. Bargain at the price, but lacks any real depth and richness. There's a bit of smoke and spice there, but while it's not as naff as some of the NAS's going around, it still doesn't quite convince me that this is a serious whisky in it's own right, and not just another marketing ploy. Visit the Tallisker distillery and you'll see that the whole place has sadly gone down that route. It's not a 'bad' tipple, and I'll happily see the bottle through, but I would not rush out to replace it. The 10 year is still one of the benchmarks, and well worth the extra £££.

3rd December 2017

Expensive Bog Water

Smells like smoky turf and tastes like TCP. Maybe be an acquired taste or an expensive mistake.

1st December 2017

Definitely not middle of the road...

Interesting how this one really splits the crowd so strongly between love and hate. Maybe it is a genetic thing like others suggest, because I don't get any chemical unpleasantness at all, just an interesting medium bodied whisky with a nice balance of toffee, smoke, spice, fruit and sea salt. A good whisky for under £30, great for under £25. But that's me - you might hate it, maybe try before buying and finding out the hard way which camp you fall in.

29th November 2017

Too sweet

To me it tastes far too sweet - cloying, sickly, thoroughly unpleasant. As if they mixed some saccharine in with the whisky before bottling it. My first Talisker and probably my last.

9th November 2017

Very disappointed. Harsh and acrid finish.

A very odd Talisker. I was looking forward to this as I have loved everything Talisker has produced over the years....especially the 18yr old...however this left me feeling very disappointed. Pleasant at first with the usual Talisker depth and smokiness, but followed up with a terribly dry, acidic harsh fennel finish. I can only think that this was an attempt to create a modern and 'interesting' malt but to me tastes like a cheap knock-off product...i will still be buying Talisker...just definitely not this one. Ever again.

3rd November 2017



23rd August 2017


I got 15 bottles in 6 weeks

8th August 2017


Well from Islands but definitely deserves another 5 stars. Normally I'll be give 4 or 4,5 but because of malcontents no doubt 5.

14th July 2017


Great whisky for Islay lovers. Quality one.

14th July 2017

Awful but...

Just trying this and I found the same awful chemical taste some others have described. I reckon this is a physiological (genetic?) artefact - some people taste it and others do not (for info Google why some people can't smell asparagus pee). Looking at the dates of review it's difficult to say if it might be a batch issue. Interested to see if Talisker investigate this phenomenon.

21st May 2017

A fresh yet long slightly smoked finish. Enjoyable nose

I think the negative reviews comes from envyfull competitors:) Stop that irrelevant talking abt others products. If like that - users can not use the reviews. I am a user! A deeply satisfying fresh, yet with tasty deep finish. It got a silver medal. To the price, superb

13th May 2017


Taste of coast. Very nice. One of the best.

13th April 2017

Weird tasting, not at all natural.

The smell was lovely, the taste however. A bit chemically. I found no depth at all, Not to my taste at all. I gave it to my neighbour and he enjoyed it. He loves Glenfiddich and it reminded him of that.

19th March 2017

Like 10, less guts

Exactly like the 10, only less gutts and more for beginners. If you like the 10, dont buy this one. If you find the 10 i bit too much, you'll like this one. A bit overprived.

14th March 2017

My favourite whisky!

Initially honey, pepper & slightly medicinal, it dances on your tongue. This gives way to strong smoke & oak casks, which lingers. A superb expression of Talisker. #recommended

6th March 2017

A very enjoyable whisky!

I'm no expert but I think this is a very enjoyable whisky. At £25 a bottle it's not much more expensive than some very ordinary tipples. However, it's all highly subjective as the widely differing ratings show!

19th February 2017

A very enjoyable whisky!

I'm no expert but I think this is a very enjoyable whisky. At £25 a bottle it's not much more expensive than some very ordinary tipples. However, it's all highly subjective as the widely differing ratings show!

19th February 2017


Really unusual dram. Talisker signature palate, less some peat and white pepper. Not too bad. The finish is EXTREMELY drying, and sharpens to a point of pure toasted fennel seeds, almost like crunching one! Not sure I like spice quite enough to not be weirded out by this dram.

2nd February 2017

Skye and Storm are in the marmite zone.... you love it or hate it. And I love it. After a day of dealing with the public and their trivial dilemmas, I slip into my easy chair and sip a Talisker Skye or Storm. And that's exactly what I'm doi

Most whiskeys play nice and safe, keeping within a risk free comfort zone of flavour. But this is a bold whiskey experience, distinctive and therefore memorable.

2nd February 2017

Antiseptic mouthwash. Useful for cleaning your bicycle wheels.

I've enjoyed many a Talisker - and have even been quite evangelical about the 18 year old. But the Skye variant tastes like something you should be cleaning the bathroom with. It's like whisky flavoured drain cleaner.

19th January 2017

An unpleasant education.

At the ripe old age of 50, Id like to think I know my way around a good whiskey, but hadn't cottoned on to the NAS trend. The only reason I know about it now is through researching why this Talisker, which was a gift from my mother in law, god bless her, is such a let down: synthetic, harsh and totally bereft of subtlety (the whisky, and also the mother in law, coincidentally). I hadn't noticed the lack of age statement before, if this is typical of the trend, I'll be sure to specify my gifts more carefully in the future. Clearly inferior to the 10yo. And not especially cheap.

11th January 2017


If this dram was your mistress and say Highland Park was your wife.... well run to the mistress but stay with the wife... yes very exciting and masterful this Tally version beauty is.

26th December 2016


Just had a bottle for christmas tastes like antiseptic and can't give it away

25th December 2016


I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination but I tried this together with two friends who do know a bit about whisky...aargh ..we all thought it was awful, a taste I can only describe as like drinking anti septic...sorry talisker

24th December 2016

A delight

I am not a sophisticated whisky drinker but I have recently discovered the delights of some single malts (discounted for Christmas!). This one is an absolute delight and I thoroughly enjoyed my first glass. The taste is exactly as described in the more considered reviews. A very pleasant experience.

14th December 2016

Nice dram.

Not sure why this scotch has picked up 3.5 stars. I picked up a bottle at duty free at Heathrow last summer and after my first taste I knew I'd have to ration myself. Sweet, crisp, a bit salt and pepper, definitely a bit of vanilla and caramel. Nothing wrong with this one at all. Just finished the bottle and now I'm on a mission for more.

29th November 2016


Spicy, orange, sea salt, tar, light honey and vanilla. You found quite some smokiness at the end as well. Fairly strong taste of alcohol at first but you still feel the sweetness from the oranges together with some spiciness. Then comes a light smoky flavor that lingers, also more orange to come. Tried to add some water but no it didn't make it better, this is a whisky with potential but it's not ready for the market yet.

28th November 2016

Don't believe the bad reviews.

As someone who prefers big peaty flavours I have been pleasantly surprised by Talisker Skye. It perfectly balances the smoke and seaspray with a lovely burnt Apple sweetness that is compelling. Great value too if you get it from a Supermarket and preferable to Highland Park and Laphroig.

9th November 2016

Now I'll have to to tell my friends not to buy me Talisker

Great, I was given a bottle of this by a well meaning friend, I confess I didn't pay much attention to the label, after all its Talisker. How wrong I was, I'm no connoisseur but Talisker has always been something of a favorite, one of the few I was happy to drink without a dash of water. I found this version was harsh and unsubtle. The sad thing is I shall now have to tell my family and friends not to buy me Talisker as there's a very good chance they won't study the detail of the label. Such a great shame.

4th November 2016

Oil smoky sweetness

Serious smoke and iodine with sweet toffee developing into a white pepper almost chilli heat finish takes a bit of getting used to with the hot finish but certainly a very welcome talisker.

7th August 2016

Less Talisker character and its smothness is not convincing

Fair as an entry level, but the Talisker 10 is cheaper and more complex, a better option. Less peat, citrusy, some salt. Short finish, still sweet.

30th June 2016

Where’s Peat?

Not really what I expect from Talisker. It’s drinkable, but that shouldn’t be how I feel about a bottle of Talisker. Little punch. Little flavour. Unfortunately it’s an increasing trend.

Whether it’s because the industry can’t keep up with global demand or just that they want to milk the market, this seems like another example of a year-less entry level bottle (like Macallan, Glenlivet etc) which slightly sullies the brand.

If the industry keeps churning out unimaginative and bland stuff like this, they’re not going to hook the next generation with the stunning, mind boggling flavours that enthralled me 30ish years ago. Scotch whisky has survived over 150 years on the quality of its product and I worry that that they are foregoing that quality to meet demand, relying on ‘celebrities’ drinking the stuff in publicity shots. But ultimately, they’ll have no defence when the core of their market fall away as the product, including this one, just ain’t up to it.

11th June 2016

Smooth, bland, overpriced

Smooth given its strength (46%), but lacking in flavour to my taste. It's on the fruity side and doesn't have much peat, so it's fairly easy to drink, but for my money there are many better whiskies for less. On the flavourful side I'd take Highland Park 12, while Balvenie Doublewood is nicer on the sweet and smooth end. Basically this is a little bland and not worth the £25 I paid in Sainsburys, let alone the £38+ that some places charge. Sainsburys own Taste the Difference was a lot more interesting and just as smooth for £18.

24th May 2016

Punchy but smooth

I've got this bottle from my colleagues in my birthday party at the office...

The nose keeps toffees and vanilla. It's sweet and honey. Coast and a discreet smoke, and as The Caps at Master of Malt has written; perhaps just hints of a sweet Caol Ila.

Honeyed toasted oak, yes, some pepper and smoke. A coastal theme. A wave of apple and dried apricots that reminds me of the wave of taste in the Old Pulteney 21 Year Old, my Christmas whisky in 2015.

Talisker Skye is a punchy enough because of its respectable 45.8% abv, but it's also smooth. It's a NAS whisky, but quite complex and well-balanced.

Drying and spicy finish whit sweet spice and some smoke. Medium length.

I think some very hard fans of the Talisker 10 Year Old would rate down this whisky as a kind of enemy, but my opinion is that the Talisker Skye is a little bit better... Buy it and try it!

15th April 2016

Characterful, bold and enjoyable.

I was very pleasantry surprised by this malt; taste is very subjective but with experience of good malts you can improve your palate and appreciation. I enjoyed this malt either straight or with a little water and recommend it for those with a discerning nose. Take time to savour the nose and taste. I fear some reviewers may need a little more education.

29th March 2016

Mein Lieblings Single Malt

Ich trinke seit anfange der 1990 Jahre Talisker sein einmaliger Geschmack ist noch da Wunder schön Leicht rauchick ich freue mich immer Ab und zu Einen Talisker zu Trinken (Weiterso)

29th March 2016


I really enjoy the NAS Taliskers. Comparing the standard NAS bottles I actually prefer the nose on the Skye compared to 10yo and the finish on the Storm is out of this world. I would still opt for the 10yo based on balance but I think the Skye is fantastic and just pips Storm on the whole.

19th March 2016


I purchased a bottle of this for my husbands 63rd Birthday this January. We looked forward to the opening of this bottle as the packaging was quite delightful but the drink is absolutely awful. We had one measure each and we both found it unpalatable. There is an awful after taste that I can only describe as that of white spirit. We then decided to try it with cola to try and disguise the taste and even that didn't work and it tainted the glasses. We are now stuck with a bottle of this and don't know what to do with it. Fortunately I got this as a discounted price of GBP19 from Morrisons but can not take it back as it has been opened. Never again, my husband likes his malts, although we are no connoisseur's, but can distinguish between something that is palatable and something that is not. I would not recommend this to anyone.

6th February 2016

One of the best

A great one. I bought it without noticing that it wasn't the 10 years old, but it is at the same level of quality, tried both same night and I can't tell a difference.. Talisker was always one of my favorite whiskeys, I love peated - smoked whiskeys, and I don't believe that Lagavulin deserves the extra money, I like them the same..
I have a small bar and all the customers that tried it, where astonished..

28th January 2016

The 10 year old is cheaper!!!!

If buying a Talisker from this page then get the 10 year old. The NAS stuff is getting out of hand! I don't mind a young whisky if the age statement is there. Look at Kilchoman! Talisker, this is a poor show, stick an age statement on this bottle and have the bloody decency to charge accordingly!

28th January 2016

Rip off

This whisky is a good budget whisky from a supermarket but £38 is a rip off when it is available at £25 in many supermarkets? It is ashy an immature. With time in the glass it can be very fruity on the nose with a big peppery punch in sack on the palate, it is actually okay. However, it dies in the glass after about 20 minutes and it needs a moderate but precise amount of water. Just too little water and it will be like sandpaper on the tongue. Just too much and you'll drown it. If you can get it cheap then try it once for curiosity's sake. This is a very interesting whisky, but it is quite frankly, young, and a bit of a con from Talisker. It has a taste like they have used rubbish casks for the most part and then gave it a big beefy finish in both first fill or refill bourbon and sherry casks. The maturation is just messy. The spirit does taste a bit rough and you'll find it on the finish with that nasty ash taste. This whisky is only saved by the grace of Talisker's still quality. The spirit, despite being rushed, still has that real fruity profile that you don't get in older Talisker. I suggest people buy it once, and never again.

28th January 2016

Jolly good

The best you can hope to get in that price range, better than a lot of more expensive whisky.

20th January 2016

i never run out of this

I always keep one of these..drink it really is exceptional...vanilla and quality anytime expected of talisker

17th January 2016

Terrific whisky

I've loved Talisker ever since I visited the distillery back in the 80's. This whisky has that wonderful Talisker smokiness and peatiness but with perhaps a little less of that medicinal quality and with a lovely balanced sweetness. I love it!

15th January 2016

The best

I probably drink a bit too much, but only ever had a glug of this, it's all you need, beginning to understand real taste

11th January 2016

Mr C

In itself (which is what any whisky should really be judged as) it's very good, sweet, smoky and warming. But, for fans of the 10 y.o like myself, it's like a 'little brother', nearly, but not quite. Well worth a try and will certainly appeal, but I can't help feeling for the extra 10 quid or whatever, I could be drinking the real thing.

9th January 2016


very bad taste

8th January 2016

Mr Burden

Absolutely beautiful, I've always been a big fan of talisker and talisker Sky doesn't dissapoint. Thank you all.

5th January 2016


Got a bottle for Christmas.

Found it overpoweringly undrinkable.

3rd January 2016

Love it

Taste is subjective, always will be. I ended up with this after my partner and friend spent a week in Skye and brought it back from it's home. I thought well OK its a single malt and they hadn't a clue anyway, and but I will pretend I like it.

I didn't have to pretend. This has something and is a diamond in the rough.

I bought a case

23rd December 2015

Mr John Burns

I read the criticism and was a little concerned having bought a bottle. However whoever wrote the negative reviews I would question their whiskey credentials. A rich and full bodied rewarding whiskey. Great

22nd December 2015


Quite unpleasant and pointless. Luckily I got it at a massively reduced price (and therefore was expecting it to be a bit crap).

18th December 2015


is this Whisky worth drinking or should I try and sell it?!?!?!?!?!??!

16th December 2015


Was brought this as a gift. I'm a seasoned whisky drinker and I was delighted with this! Reminds me a little of Bowmore Darkest Sherry Cask. Has real spicy notes much more smoother and delicate than the raspy usual peaty Talisker! Well done!

8th December 2015

Very nice

Really liked and as someone else mentioned, it seems to get more enjoyable with each dram. Nice whisky.

13th November 2015

Full of Flavor

As a newbie to whiskey, this had complex flavors that grew on me with each dram. Definitely not boring or weak.

13th November 2015

A Christmas Talisker

Retains all of the essence of a Talisker but with a lovely sweetness. Still peppery, still smoky and, unusually, a more oily mouth feel erring toward a Caol Ila. £27 well spent and highly recommended.

11th November 2015

first taste

Loved it

24th October 2015

Realy Like Talisker Skye

I brought a bottle of Skye for my Husband who turned 60 recently. He always goes for the peaty malts, like Bowmore, Laphroaig. I was a bit concerned when I read the reviews. However, I need not have been as he loves it, said its his favourite, different to the others and improves as you slowly empty your glass. Just brought him another bottle.

27th August 2015

Overpriced and wouldn't ever recommend it to anyone

Wouldn't drink this again, taste like cigarette buts and has a disgusting after taste also isn't nice once it hits your stomach and just doesn't sit well.
Quite a disappointment for a single malt or a realiser range.

27th August 2015

Pricey Error

Oh dear. I love Talisker 10 year, and, splashed out on this one on trust. Found it totally different and unacceptable to my palate. Did not agree with me at all.

21st July 2015


Thin, too short storage and bad casks time makes this a dull whisky.
Nothing like the usual Talisker

14th July 2015

Novice Whisky Drinker

Very disappointed in the Skye bottling was hoping for something half decent but it was sadly lacking. I don't care for peaty ones and find the 10 year a bit too peaty for me but the 18!infind excellant. Had to look up NAS and at least understand roughly what the argument is about. Nick listens according to a blog I read and for me it's the taste NAS does not mean nothing if I don't like it. Skye I won't be buying again. 12 yo Glenlivet, Highland Park 18 Talisker and Auchentoshan are ones I will always buy and there are loads of others that I have tried but price dictates what I will buy in the end Nick so please don't forget that point. If struggling I will still drink a Bells if I have to but much prefer those above not them sweetie excuses.

27th June 2015

Malty knickers in a twist!

Wish I had found this at £26 as I would be way too busy to be writing this and out buying more, just accept that it is not the 10 year old and that NAS single malt is here to stay. Why bother? Because I don't care about age, colour, packaging, reputation of a distillery, just good whisky and while there are some overpriced and poor whisky in the NAS range this is not one of them & nobody is making you buy it! Retains the classic Talisker salt, pepper & spicy peat for me and a well priced intro to the distillery. Young does not mean it's not good & light does not mean lightweight, try a whisky on its individual merits and stop getting your malty knickers in a twist! The Whisky Flaneur

21st May 2015

Why Bother?

OK, I admit that I bought this to try it - paying £26 locally, so I'm not that crazy. However, my overriding feeling is why bother with this .... and why produce it in the first place. In my opinion, we're seeing far too many NAS whiskies coming out with names like Storm, Skye, Legacy, Legend, Founders Reserve, Ceobanach etc, full of evocative descriptions and asking us to pay more (usually) that the definitive 10 or 12yo. Some, like OP Navigator, are pretty fine drams admittedly, but others, like this Talisker Skye aren't really worth buying. Even the wording on the box/bottle is as vague as the outline of the Cuillin in mist. What are the producers trying to achieve? What will next versions be called? Talisker Cuillin? Talisker Bla Bheinn? Or Talisker Mealladh (Gaelic for deception!)So, I've bought this bottle and I'll drink it and enjoy it well enough but it will always leave a slightly bitter taste, metaphorically speaking, and I'll not buy another. Maybe we should all blame Macallan for all this nonsense: first it was Fine Oak (because good sherry casks were so expensive although they were making out otherwise) and then it was getting rid of age statement altogether and asking us to pay more depending upon the depth of the colour. By that thinking, Glendronach 12yo would be £100 and the excellent Glencadam 10yo would be £10. I suppose the producers are only getting away with it because the punters are buying .... the hype.

6th April 2015


Mellow as far as Talisker goes but still a great dram for the price. I'll be buying another bottle very soon.

2nd April 2015

Try before you slate it

There are enough brilliant NAS whiskies out there (as well as some distinctly average ones with an age statement) to prove the naysayers wrong. As a talisker fan (10, 18, 57 degrees north and distillers edition are all currently in the cupboard) I think it fits in the range well. The reduction in peat highlights the other talisker characteristics (pepper, sea salt) where as the increased sweetness serves to further differentiate it from the 10. It definitely warrants a taste before deciding that it isn't any good because it doesn't fit with the concept of what you think good whisky is.

21st March 2015

Gus Romano

Talisker with a twist!Not your normal Talisker with usual hot spice. Smokeiness Subdued and a lot more sweetness, fruit (pears and apples), and even citrus notes on the nose. On the palate, this is more usual of Talisker with hot spices, pepper,smoke (volcanic brimstone and fire!!), but with sweet roasted peppers as well. Overall, a lovely dram, and a gentle introduction to the Taliker range, as my usual choice is the 18 year old or Distillers Edition.

3rd March 2015

NAS rubbish.

Buy the 10yo and bask in its supreme glory

25th February 2015

Another mishap

Why does Diageo try to fool us, again? Get the good bottle(s) Talisker 10YO while still available

18th February 2015

A Bad Sign

This whisky might be decent, but this is not a good sign for the beloved 10 Year Old. This NAS trend is getting out of hand. If you love a good value and a nice honest age statement, buy the 10 Year Old.

11th February 2015

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