Talisker’s oldest whisky released
Talisker has just released their oldest single malt whisky. The 44-year-old whisky looks to represent their infamous phrase “a wild spirit by the sea”. Because of this, Diageo has named the bottle “Forests of the Deep”. A play on their connection to the ocean and its ecosystems. The whisky comes from the oldest single malts scotch whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye.
These bottles should be seen “as a reflection of the power and beauty of our oceans”. It’s been this inspiration that led to their creation. Parley, Talisker’s partner in ocean conservation, hopes this will lead to more attention on protecting the sea’s ecosystem. Together Talisker and Parley hope the release will bring attention to their aim of protecting and preserving 100 million square meters of marine ecosystems by 2023.
The founder of Parley stated that these rare bottles of whisky are “a tribute to the beauty and fragility of these great forests of the deep, and our collaborative mission to support their protection.”
How it achieves a unique taste
The whisky is said to have a sweet chilli pepper finish and umami taste. There are apparently some maritime accents, which blend well with their oily-smooth texture. To achieve this, the whisky was stored in Talisker cask staves that were then charred with kelp and stave wood shaving. Ultimately the whisky was then finally stored marine oak cask.
A whisky expert, Dave Broom, described the whisky as, “a fascinating, bold, beautifully mature Talisker made in the old, bold, defiant style.” Noting the way it had matured, he stated that “some whiskies become refined and elegant with time.” Then noting “A few however move in the opposite direction, becoming richer, more complex and concentrated versions of themselves. This is all about how Talisker’s distiller character shifts over time, refusing to become conventionally beautiful.”
Acquiring a bottle
There will be just under 2,000 bottles available to purchase at a price tag of £3,800. Each bottle comes with a box that is decorated with a map that highlights the Island of Skye and Cape of Good Hope. These locations represent Talisker’s heritage in Scotland and Parley’s conservation of the ocean’s ecosystem of one of the world’s largest kelp forests.
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