Talisker quietly dropped a 30 year old release, turned out from refill bourbon casks and bottled in late 2021 at cask strength — a whopping 48.5% abv. Only 3216 bottles were produced, with 498 available in the U.S., so if this sounds enticing, you should probably hop on it.
30 years hasn’t dampened the nose on this Isle of Skye monster, which maintains a classically briny disposition, with lots of sea spray and seaweed in the mix. Lively and sunny, the saline character finds nuance in a gentle white pepper note and touches of almond nougat, with lingering grassiness following. The palate is remarkable, light on the smoke with notes of fresh lemon, clean linens, and a chocolate note. The saline is brisk and well-integrated, like a sprinkle of sea salt atop of well-crafted chocolate candy. No faults are found on the finish, which is clean and spritzed again with lemon oil and more salty sea spray — though, alas, it fades from the palate much too quickly.
My small sample was gone before I knew what hit me. I’ll take another, boss.
A / $1000 / malts.com