Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Skye Somnus

This scotch drink was inspired by the Polynesian Paralysis. I recently purchased a bottle of Isle of Skye 8 Year blended scotch, which is largely made from a mix of smokey Talisker single malt, sweeter Speyside single malts and lengthened with grain whisky.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Skye Somnus
2 oz blended scotch
0.5 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz orange juice
0.5 oz orgeat
0.25 oz simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Herbsaint

Combine all ingredients, add a handful of cracked ice, blend for five seconds, then pour unstrained into a chilled rocks glass full of ice.

The taste begins off with the malt whisky base and Angostura bitters, followed by the almond and cherry flavors of the orgeat combined with the fruit flavors. The smokey barbecue notes from the scotch and the sharp anise of the Herbsaint show up in the finish, making it just a little bit dry and clearing the palette for another sip.

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