Talisker‘s 30 yr outdated expression, which first arrived in 2021, is now an annual launch. As soon as once more, it’s made out of a barely there assortment of barrels: 3195 bottles out there globally, 561 for the U.S.
Absolutely matured in ex-bourbon barrels, the whisky might be acquainted to the few of you who’ve skilled very outdated Talisker up to now. Calmly brined and gently smoky on the nostril, it reveals loads of notes of blended fruits (heavy on the apples), then almonds and a slight floral character. Evocative however unsurprising, the palate affords a bit extra nuance within the type of sesame oil up high, then a chocolate word constructing beneath. Nicely-peated with echoes of salty brine, significantly on the end, touches of cinnamon waft out and in because the expertise concludes.
Loads of similarity right here to my ideas from 2021, although 2023 appears modestly much less complicated — however this yr Talisker despatched out samples with a stunning pairing of Belgian caviar from Actual Oyster Cult. Brine and brine collectively? It’s a mixture that looks like it might’t miss — and in reality it doesn’t right here.