Talisker 8-Year-Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Talisker

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Part of the 2021 Diageo Special Releases; a cask strength 8-year-old Talisker matured in heavily peated refill oak casks and bottled at 59.7% abv.

The annual Diageo Special Releases have been a hotly anticipated part of the whisky calendar for the past 20 years. The series sees Diageo take full advantage of the dozens of Scotch whisky distilleries in their portfolio. The Special Releases series sees Diageo showcase rare, ghosted and workhorse distilleries, such as Brora, Royal Lochnagar, Teaninich and Benrinnes, that are otherwise never seen as single malt expressions. It also allows for experimentation with the maturation and delivery of some of their classic malts, such as Cragganmore, Lagavulin and Talisker. 

For this year, each of the eight whiskies in the collection express an individual character, inspired by mythical Scottish creatures that, according to legend, inhabit the lands surrounding the distilleries. This is brought to life with stunning bottle art, that was designed by renowned, Australian, digital illustrator Ken Taylor. 

 

Offical Tasting Notes

Nose: A mild nose-feel gives little hint of the furious spirit beneath! Sweet and maritime, as a first cereal hint gives way to cleansing aromas that suggest briny seaweed, crystal salt and iodine, on a base of mountain smoke. Water increases that maritime character.

Palate: A soft, oily texture and a big, smooth taste, almost perfumed yet salty and lightly sweet throughout. Wonderfully peaty and smoky, this fiery sea monster has a peppery catch. Water adds more peppery prickle, while the profile is similar.

Finish: Long and persistent, finishing smoky, with smoky malt lingering in the aftertaste. Even better with water.

 

Based on the beautiful, Scottish, Isle of Skye, Talisker distillery produces a truly unique spirit.

Medium peated smokiness is accompanied by sweet fruits from an extended fermentation and slow distillation, a rich body from the use of wormtub condensers, some coastal brine, and a distinctive Talisker peppery note that likely comes from their uniquely shaped lyne arms. All of these elements come together to create this "wild spirit by the sea".

 

 

 

Group:
Whisky
Type:
Whisky
Style:
Single Malt
Country:
Scotland
Region:
Islands
Producer:
Talisker
Size:
700ml
ABV:
59.7%
Age:
8