The Oak Barrel is pleased to lock-in a night dedicated to the oldest working distillery on Scotland’s Isle Of Skye: Talisker.
A distillery famed for its smoky, briny single malts that reflect both the beauty and harshness of the environment in which they were produced, Talisker has long been atop the single malt favourites. One of the very first whiskies owner Diageo pushed as a single malt, Talisker was for a long time the only distillery on Skye (newly-built Torabhaig is a new neighbour).
In our first tasting night dedicated to the distillery, we decided to go straight to the top of the Talisker pile with a stunning 1978 40-year-old.
The release is the first in the Bodega series, which showcases the distillery’s smoky, maritime aromas interacting with sherry casks. The inspiration comes from the style of whiskies the remote distillery was producing in the 1800s and early 1900s. In this case, the whisky has been matured in refill American oak casks and then finished in 40-year-old ex-amontillado sherry casks. The casks were sourced from Bodega Delgado Zuleta.
This 40-year-old was, at the time, the oldest official release from Talisker that had been made available to the public. A 41-year-old private cask was sold to the Asian market previously, but it was not made available for public purchase. The distillery has recently released the second edition on the Bodega series, which is another 41-year-old. There were just 2,000 bottles worldwide of this 40-year-old.
Retailing around the world at approximately $AU5,000 this is a rare opportunity to try exceedingly old whisky from the distillery. Only a handful of bottles arrived in Australia, all of which are believed to be accounted for. We’ll surround the centrepiece of the event with a range of other whiskies from the distillery of differing ages and styles – some of which are listed below and other which we’re still hunting down.
The tasting will be hosted by The Oak Barrel’s own whisky specialists, one of which spent time living and working on Skye, to tell the story of the distillery and its place in the Scotch whisky canon.
Strictly one night only (we only have one bottle to open), strictly 18+ and strictly quite special.
What We’ll Be Tasting:
Talisker 57 North
Talisker 1978 40-Year-Old Bodega #1
Plus two more, to be announced. Talisker are notoriously strict in maintaining control of their casks, so independent bottlings in the past five years have been incredibly rare. The two to be announced bottles will likely be official bottlings, unless our searches in the next couple of months prove fruitful.
WHAT: Talisker 40-Year-Old Whisky Tasting
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney, 2000
WHEN: Friday 20 March 2020, doors open 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: $175 for members, $185 for guests
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