Talisker 8 Year Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This 8-year-old single malt Scotch whisky comes from Talisker's most heavily peated reserves. The spirit from the Isle of Skye is bottled at 119.4 proof, making it a powerful seaside expression with prominent smoke notes.
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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.

Diageo's 2021 Special Releases Collection showcases the iconic distilleries with expressions such as this Talisker 8 Year Old. The single malt Scotch comes from the distillery's most heavily peated reserves, meaning that you can expect plenty of smoke notes, along with brine, cereal, and a gentle sweetness. Aged in refill casks, the whisky is bottled at 119.4 proof making it a powerful seaside expression.

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Proof 119.4 (59.7% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Talisker Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with an abundance of cereal aromas, followed by brine, seaweed, and smoke. The palate is savory with a gentle sweetness and prominent smoke notes that linger through the long finish.
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