Talisker 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This expression spends 25 years in a combination of American oak and European oak refill casks, resulting in an exceptionally smooth and full-bodied experience.
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Situated on the shores of Loch Harport, Talisker Distillery is heavily influenced by its location on the Isle of Skye — it embodies the spirit of the rocky, storm-lashed island and its strong, steadfast people. The distillery was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, who leased the Talisker House from Clan MacLeod and eventually converted it into a distillery. When a new lease for the distillery was negotiated between the MacAskills and Clan MacLeod in the second half of the 19th century, the annual rent settled upon was £23.12 and a ten-gallon cask of the best Talisker Whisky available.

Talisker Single Malt Whisky is made from malted barley sourced from the Muir of Ord, a village in Highland, Scotland. The barley is lightly peated to approximately 18 phenol parts per million, which contributes a slightly smoky flavor profile to the whisky. Once the barley has been malted and peated, it is mashed using soft water drawn from one of the 14 underground springs that rise from Hawk Hill — Talisker has been using the same water source since it was founded nearly two centuries ago. "I'm restless at heart so you'll find me poking my nose into the mash tun at all hours," says Mark Lochhead, Talisker's Distillery Manager.

After the barley has been mashed, it is fermented in the distillery's wooden washbacks before being twice distilled through Talisker's copper-pot stills. The stills are equipped with unique swan-shaped lye pipes and worm tubs. As a result of this configuration, a portion of the vapor during distillation condenses before reaching the cooler, and runs back into the still for redistillation. This process gives Talisker Single Malt Whisky its signature, full-bodied flavor profile.

Following distillation, the annual limited edition Talisker 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in American oak as well as some European oak refill casks for a minimum of 25 years. As a result, the whisky has a bold and rich aroma with notes of brine, oak, apples, citrus, pepper, and delicate peat smoke. Some floral notes develop on the palate along with salted caramel, chocolate, peaches, and noticeable warmth. The long and dry finish has wooden and smoky notes fading into a pleasant sweetness.

"Making Talisker demands long hours and no compromises, so I tour the distillery several times a day making sure no part of the process betrays the rest," says Lochhead.

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Proof 115.6 (57.8% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Talisker Distillery
Size 750mL
The whisky has a bold and rich aroma with notes of brine, oak, apples, citrus, pepper, and delicate peat smoke. Some floral notes develop on the palate along with salted caramel, chocolate, peaches, and noticeable warmth. The long and dry finish has wooden and smoky notes fading into a pleasant sweetness.
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