The much-anticipated return of Talisker 30 Year Old has been announced by the esteemed Talisker distillery.
This limited edition release for 2023 has garnered significant attention from whisky enthusiasts worldwide. Known as the whisky made by the sea, Talisker 30 Year Old pays homage to the rugged coastline of Scotland's Isle of Skye, where the distillery has been producing exceptional Single Malt Scotch Whisky for nearly two centuries. Intriguingly, Talisker whisky has long been paired with locally harvested oysters at the renowned Oyster Shed adjacent to the distillery, a tradition that continues to this day. This latest release, Talisker 30 Year Old, is a testament to the distillery's coastal home and celebrates the natural wonders of the Isle of Skye.
Crafted over an impressive three decades, Talisker 30 Year Old beautifully captures the untamed essence of its surroundings. As the land rises, the elements settle, unveiling swirling clouds of smooth smoky flavors and a touch of pepperiness. At the pinnacle of the Isle's highest peak, a serene stillness reveals the breathtaking magnificence of the island below, overlooking the vast sea of Loch Harport. The whisky, Talisker 30 Year Old, artfully reflects the unique terrain of the Isle and the distinctive maritime influence of its surrounding seas.
Each year, refill American Oak casks are carefully selected to produce this raw yet refined expression, which remains uncolored and non-chill filtered, bottled at its natural cask strength. Talisker 30 Year Old is an elegant and complex whisky, characterized by the distillery's renowned notes of rich, sweet smoke and a distinctive peppery kick.
Stuart Morrison, Master Blender and Whisky Specialist at DIAGEO, expressed his admiration for this remarkable whisky, stating, "The three decades of maturation in oak casks allow Talisker's distillery character to develop refined and exquisite qualities. As the spirit ages into its twenties, the fruit flavors become even more complex, imparting fragrant tropical notes alongside the peppery smokiness, reminiscent of a warming, smoldering bonfire. Talisker 30 Year Old is a truly spectacular whisky, and every sip is a celebration of the magnificence of Skye."
To commemorate this exceptional release in the United States, Talisker has partnered with Real Oyster Cult to offer curated pairings for seafood and whisky enthusiasts. Real Oyster Cult brings the oyster bar experience to doorsteps across the country, providing fresh seasonal oysters sourced from over 100 farms in North America, along with delectable shellfish and caviar through their app and website. Their locally farmed Sailor's Valentine oysters from Duxbury, MA, perfectly complement the warming smokiness and gentle salinity of Talisker 30 Year Old. Taking the experience to new heights, the addition of Real Oyster Cult's Royal Belgium Platinum Caviar as a garnish elevates the culinary journey, culminating in an unparalleled premium pairing.
Furthermore, Talisker has joined forces with actor and writer Peter Gadiot, an embodiment of rugged luxury and coastal spirit, to inspire individuals to embrace the outdoors and reconnect with nature. Peter, much like Talisker, spends his free time adventuring in the great outdoors. Together, they aim to ignite a sense of adventure, inviting whisky aficionados to raise a glass to the wild spirits within them.
Expressing his excitement, Peter Gadiot said, "I couldn't be more thrilled to collaborate with Talisker, a brand that deeply resonates with my love for the untamed beauty of nature. It is a privilege to commemorate the launch of Talisker 30 Year Old, a whisky that embodies the essence of time-honored craftsmanship. Together, we embark on a remarkable journey of exploration and appreciation, raising a toast to the wonders of the outdoors."
PRODUCT INFORMATION- Talisker 30 Year Old
ABV: Natural Cask Strength 49.6%
AGE: 30 Years
SRP: $1,099.99 USD / ~ £865 Pound Sterling
CASK TYPE: American Oak
BOTTLING YEAR: 2022
ANNUAL RELEASE VOLUME:
- 3,195 Bottles Globally
- 561 Bottles U.S.
TASTING NOTES - Talisker 30 Year Old
Nose: Freshly cut orchard fruits, waxy red apples, fragrant white pepper, cinder toffee and a subtle creaminess. A fresh maritime breeze passes, alongside the growing presence of tropical fruits, cocoa nibs and a beach bonfire.
Taste: A warming smokiness on the palate, with a chili pepper prickle and a gentle salinity, fading to reveal layers of apple and pear, smoldering embers, and notes of spicy oak.
Finish: A lingering warmth, with a peppery and cinnamon tingle alongside notes of ripe fruit, roasted hazelnut and a hint of vanilla.
Talisker is a renowned distillery located on the rugged Isle of Skye in Scotland. With a rich history dating back almost 200 years, Talisker is celebrated for producing exceptional Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a distinctive character influenced by its coastal surroundings. The distillery sits near Loch Harport, surrounded by the dramatic landscapes and turbulent seas that contribute to the unique flavors found in Talisker whiskies.
Talisker as an Island whisky, has gained a loyal following of whisky enthusiasts around the world, thanks to their commitment to craftsmanship and the production of high-quality spirits. They offer a range of expressions that cater to different tastes and preferences, each showcasing the distinctive Talisker style.
One of Talisker's most popular releases is their Talisker 10 Year Old. This iconic expression is characterized by its signature smoky and peaty flavor profile, balanced with notes of maritime influence, brine, and a touch of sweetness. It serves as an excellent introduction to Talisker's range, capturing the essence of their unique coastal heritage.
Another notable release is the Talisker Storm, known for its bold and intense character. This expression is crafted to evoke the powerful and stormy nature of the Isle of Skye, offering a complex combination of smoky, spicy, and maritime flavors that truly captivate the senses.
For whisky enthusiasts seeking a richer and more luxurious experience, Talisker offers the Talisker 18 Year Old. This expression is matured for nearly two decades, resulting in a refined and well-balanced whisky. It showcases a harmonious interplay of smoky, fruity, and spicy notes, with a velvety smoothness that delights the palate.
Additionally, Talisker periodically releases limited editions and special cask finishes, allowing whisky connoisseurs to explore unique and innovative expressions. These releases often showcase different aging techniques, cask types, and flavor experiments, offering a glimpse into the distillery's creativity and dedication to pushing boundaries.
Overall, Talisker is revered for its commitment to producing distinctive and exceptional whiskies that reflect the untamed beauty of their island home. With a range of popular releases, they continue to capture the hearts of whisky lovers worldwide with their rich flavors, coastal influences, and unwavering craftsmanship.