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Talisker 1978 40 Year Old Bodega 50% 70cl

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Talisker 1978 40 Year Old Bodega

A stunning release from this wonderful distillery on Skye, exploring the long relationship between the sherry and whisky industries. Malt Master Dr Craig Wilson sourced 5 casks from Bodega Zuleta, that had held their finest 40 year old Amontillado. Talisker's cask ledger shows that this prestigious Bodega was a supplier of casks way back in 1900. These casks were used to finished 1978 whisky that had been matured in refill casks.

Staff Tasting Notes

Nose: Citrus fruits, custard tarts and linseed oil. The Amontillado influence starts coming through after a few minutes breathing with more nutty and salty aromas. Subtle whiffs of peat reek also start to make an appearance. The sherry aromas become more and more pronounced with time.

Palate: Chili pepper, orange jelly. Saltiness and a lovely thick, oily mouthfeel. Bourbon cask influence underpinning everything with hints of stone fruits. Long nutty finish mixed with peat.

Overall: Not far off many other old Taliskers. Though subtle, the Manzanilla finish is very much evident especially over time but allows the distillery character to come through surprisingly well given the whiskies age. Wonderfully integrated.

Official Tasting Notes

Note: Mild and rich, with light nose prickle. The sweet fruitiness of sultanas and pears in syrup, then orange peel, framed in oiled sandalwood, with a salty suggestion of seaweed or sea air in the middle, on a base of faintly smoky raw sugar. Water brings up a buttery note of short crust pastry and a waxy hint.

Palate: Most appealing. At natural strength, the texture is very fine; oil-smooth and lightly coating. The tastestarts sweetly fruity -white grapes, more sultanas -then becomes sea-salty and savoury, before finishing hot and peppery. As the sweet waves of flavour roll out across the palate, they break over a hint of that Talisker trademark, hot chilli spice, and some scented smoke. There's great balance and vigour throughout. Adding water may tame the fire a little, but the lion remains wild at heart.

Finish: Long and warming, with a late, great tongue-tingling nuttiness in the embers as the fire slips down, and a last smoky trace of snuffed candle

NameTalisker 1978 40 Year Old Bodega
Age40 Year Old
Cask TypeSherry Finish
Alc Vol50%
Listed InScotch Whisky Island Whisky Single Malt Whisky Talisker Whisky
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