TALISKER 8 Year Old 2011 (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 57.9%

RM 600

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Tasting Notes:

  • Aroma: A light nose-feel with some prickle. The top notes are sweet and maritime, with hints of molasses and crystalline sugar vying with dry seaweed, crystal salt and iodine, then ‘pear drop’ boiled fruit sweets below, on a smoky base with traces of charred meat. A drop of water softens the attack, increasing the maritime character and reducing the sweet notes, while introducing a hint of smoke.
  • Palate: A soft, smooth texture and a big taste; salty and especially, lightly sweet, before the full-on Talisker pepperiness takes over. Very drying. Water rounds it, softening the rich sweetness and bringing up the pepper, but the profile is similar.
  • Finish: A hit of plimsoll rubber and tar leads to singed apples and liquorice sticks.
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TALISKER 8 Year Old 2011 (Special Release 2020)

TALISKER 8 Year Old 2011 (Special Release 2020). From a malt rich in maritime character, this adventurous release of Talisker is the first ever to be finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks. They have enlivened the marine scents and peppery punch of this Skye distillery’s colourful character with the rich, dark and exotic sweetness of warmer climes. Part of the Diageo Special Releases 2020 range, this expression is highly-limited.

A dram that immediately got people’s attention when it was announced – a hark back not only to the Talisker 8 Year Old releases of yore, but also the Special Releases entry of two years ago, which shot off the shelves in moments. A youthful expression from the Skye distillery, it was a raw look at what makes the distillery great.

TALISKER 8 Year Old 2011 has been released as a Limited Edition Cask Strength expression bottled at 57.9% ABV. The maturation took place in ‘Deep Charred’ Ex-Bourbon American Oak casks. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2018. There are no official indications regarding the chill filtration and the colouring but just from the looks of it

Its follow-up is something quite different: a whisky finished in pot-still Caribbean rum casks, which Craig Wilson confirmed as being from Jamaica. It’s a first for Talisker and a rare outing, if not a first, for Diageo in general (again, please tell me below in the comments how wrong I am). It’s an intriguing prospect – how does Talisker’s maritime charm pair with funky rum?

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