In a groundbreaking move, the renowned Scottish whisky distillery, Talisker, has introduced a masterpiece that defies convention and embraces the spirit of adventure. This exceptional creation, aptly named Talisker Glacial Edge 45-Year-Old, is set to redefine the boundaries of whisky making and takes enthusiasts on an extraordinary journey through the realms of taste and exploration.
The journey begins with a daring and innovative aging technique that sets Talisker Glacial Edge apart from anything that has come before. For the first time in the brand's storied history, Talisker sought to harness the power of nature and the elements in the creation of their whisky. To achieve this, 12 heavily charred American oak casks were transported to the icy expanse of Canada's glacial fields, a place of unparalleled beauty and unforgiving cold.
These casks, specially selected for their exceptional quality, were subjected to a truly unique treatment. The ends of the casks were removed, exposing them to sub-zero temperatures for an extended period, a total of 96 hours. This process, referred to as "ice-fracturing," had a profound effect on the wood, enhancing the surface area that would interact with the whisky during the finishing period back in Scotland. This unconventional technique led to the creation of a whisky that encapsulates the untamed beauty of the glacial landscape.
While Talisker Glacial Edge's journey was a bold and uncharted one, it was not undertaken alone. In partnership with Parley For the Oceans, a renowned environmental organization dedicated to the preservation of our planet's ecosystems, the expedition took on a dual mission. Not only did the ice-fracturing of casks contribute to the whisky's distinctive character, but it also aimed to raise awareness about the intricate interconnectedness of the planet's natural systems, from the frozen Canadian glacial fields to the sea that surrounds Talisker's home on the Isle of Skye.
The expedition was led by the esteemed glacier scientist Dr. Alison Criscitiello and Parley ambassadors, including professional surfer Greg Long and snowboarder Taylor Godber. Greg Long emphasized the critical role that mountain ecosystems play in regulating climate patterns and ultimately impacting the health of the oceans. The expedition served as a powerful testament to the need to protect and preserve both environments, which are essential for countless species and the well-being of humans who rely on them.
Talisker Glacial Edge 45-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky emerges from this remarkable journey with distinct characteristics that reflect its adventurous spirit. Bottled at a robust 49.8% ABV, this 45-year-old whisky is not only a testament to the brand's innovation but also its first 45-year-old release. Priced at £4,500 ($5,460) per 700-milliliter bottle, it is a rare and exclusive offering, available through select global retailers.
For those eager to delve deeper into the world of Talisker Glacial Edge, an extraordinary opportunity awaits. Talisker has joined forces with Abercrombie & Kent, a renowned travel specialist, to offer the "Talisker Glacial Adventure Experience" for those planning a trip to Iceland. This immersive adventure includes exploration of the Langjökull Glacier and an exclusive tasting of the whisky, allowing participants to connect with the untamed beauty that inspired its creation.
When you embark on a tasting journey with Talisker Glacial Edge, you'll encounter a whisky like no other. This exceptional single malt presents a captivating palette of flavors that reflect the wild and rugged terrain that birthed it. The whisky's tasting notes reveal an enticing complexity:
Appearance: Glowing pale amber with exceptional beading.
Nose: A rich, dry, and mellow aroma with a light peppery prickle. Maritime top notes evoke the essence of seaweed and iodine, while glacial mineral undertones suggest slaked lime and salt crystals. Beneath these complexities, hints of dried fruits and creamy vanilla add depth and richness. A subtle thread of light smoke weaves through the background, kissed by the aromatic essence of sandalwood. Adding a drop of water brings a touch of almond toffee, while the other aromas remain, now accompanied by a note of hemp rope.
Taste: This whisky offers a full, rich body with an oil-smooth and mouth-filling texture. The taste evolves from toffee sweetness to a salty and increasingly peppery character. Remarkably, even at 45 years of age, it boasts a striking intensity, with a fine chili "catch." A dash of water seamlessly integrates these flavors, revealing a saltiness reminiscent of salted caramels, with slightly less pepper.
Finish: The finish is impressively long, leaving a lingering chili pepper effect and a trace of candle wax. As time passes, the saltiness and pepper persist in the aftertaste. When water is added, the finish becomes saltier with a softer pepper note and a subtle scented smoke.
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Talisker Glacial Edge 45-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky is not just a beverage; it's a testament to the power of nature, the spirit of adventure, and the commitment to environmental conservation. This extraordinary whisky invites you to embark on a journey like no other, to experience the majesty of the world's interconnected ecosystems, and to savor the untamed beauty that resides within every sip.
Talisker’s Collaboration With Parley
Talisker, a renowned distillery located on the Isle of Skye, has partnered with Parley for the Oceans to address the vanishing sea forests and protect vital underwater habitats. The partnership supports Parley's mission to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and work to restore, preserve and protect them for future generations.
Together, Talisker and Parley are supporting groundbreaking scientific research in the remote Orkney Islands in Scotland by partners Plymouth. Talisker and Parley have launched an ambitious mission to protect 100 million square meters of marine ecosystems around the world by 2023. With an initial focus on projects protecting kelp forests along the coasts of Scotland, the partners will support NGOs working alongside local communities for the preservation of protected areas, reserves, and sanctuaries.
To carry out the mission, Talisker and Parley will form alliances with local non-profit organizations around the world, providing grants to further support existing efforts in ocean research and protection, including at the home of Talisker Whisky in Scotland. Talisker and Parley will also launch a public fundraising campaign to celebrate the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – a 3000-mile rowing race across the Atlantic. As part of the effort, Parley and Talisker will invite adventurers everywhere to join in and take on personal challenges linked to the ocean with the goal of raising funds for Parley initiatives.
Talisker has launched a new limited edition, Talisker 'Wilder Seas,' in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, with the shared goal of protecting the oceans. Talisker and Parley have also launched a charity bottling, Talisker x Parley: Wilder Seas single malt Scotch whisky, which is the first product collaboration between the distillery and its charity partner. Talisker X Parley is a limited edition collaboration that's aiming to protect several ocean forests across the globe
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About Talisker Distillery
Talisker is a distinguished Scotch whisky distillery located on the Isle of Skye, one of the picturesque islands of Scotland. Established in 1830, it is one of the oldest distilleries on the island and has a reputation for producing robust and distinctive single malt Scotch whisky. Talisker's location on the rugged coastline of Skye, with its dramatic seascapes and unique climate, plays a significant role in shaping the character of its whiskies.
One of the defining features of Talisker whisky is its maritime influence. The distillery's proximity to the sea and the unique microclimate of Skye contribute to its signature briny and peaty flavor profile. Talisker whiskies are often characterized by their smoky, peppery, and salty notes, making them a standout within the world of Scotch whisky.
Talisker offers a range of expressions, with its core range including the Talisker 10-Year-Old and the Talisker Storm. The 10-Year-Old is a celebrated classic, known for its balance of peat, spice, and maritime elements, while the Storm is recognized for its bold and intense flavors. The distillery also releases special editions and limited bottlings that appeal to whisky enthusiasts and collectors.
Talisker Distillery welcomes visitors with tours and tastings, allowing them to explore the whisky-making process and experience the unique influence of the island on the whiskey's character. The distillery's commitment to showcasing the essence of Skye and creating high-quality single malt Scotch whisky has earned it a respected place in the whisky world. Its coastal influence, distinctive flavor profile, and stunning location on the Isle of Skye make it a beloved name among Scotch whisky aficionados and those who appreciate the allure of maritime whiskies.