Talisker’s Oldest Single-Malt Scotch Was Finished in Seaweed Charred Casks

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There are many things that can happen in your 40s. lot of things start to happen in your 40s—you go out on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, you both lose and grow hair in unwanted places, and eating an entire sub sandwich gives you indigestion. A scotch whisky Talisker believes that the new 44-year old Talisker will be a more mature 40-year-old than its older sibling. single malt It has plenty going for it in order to keep its relevance and vigor.

Talisker 44-Year-OldForests of the Deep Single Malt Scotch whisky is the oldest whisky ever made by this distillery. It’s known for producing peated whisky that is smoky but nowhere near the levels of its lslay counterparts. The inspiration behind this extremely limited release was a voyage led by Talisker’s partner, conservation group Parley for the Oceans, to kelp forests near the Cape of Good Hope.

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To absorb the sea air and brine, barrel staves were carried along on this maritime expedition. The staves were then assembled on land and charred with sustainably farmed Scottish seakelp and wood shavings. This was presumably to give the wood a vegetal ocean flavor. These barrels were used for the whisky’s final finishing phase before it was aged. It is more important that the whisky was re-barreled in new casks than the actual fuel used for charring said casks. However, the story is still quite interesting.

The brand acknowledges as much, stating the point was to incorporate kelp into the whisky’s story as a reflection of the inspiration and awareness of the cause: protecting kelp forests. “They support biodiversity and sequester and store carbon dioxide more efficiently than the rainforests,” said Cyril Gutsch, the charity’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “This very special and rare edition of Talisker whisky is a tribute to the beauty and fragility of these great forests of the deep, and our collaborative mission to support their protection.”

We did not get to sample this whisky yet, so let’s let whisky expert and author Dave Broom provide the tasting notes. “This is a fascinating, bold, beautifully mature Talisker made in the old, bold, defiant style,” he said in a statement. “Some whiskies become refined and elegant with time, others lighten and move into an ethereal state. A few, however, move in the opposite direction, becoming richer, more complex and concentrated versions of themselves… The oils are magnified, savory elements emerge, and the smoke is retained, binding it all together. It is sweet, savory, smoky and saline… and deep.”

Talisker 44 Year Old is limited to 2,000 bottles. Only 102 are being shipped to the US with an SRP price of $4,500. That’s a bargain for a whisky this old if you can find it for that price—and it’s not much more than that currently at Drizly.

Buy Now on Drizly: $4,999

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