Aged in Manzanilla sherry casks, Talisker 41-Year-Old is the second release from the series to be introduced to the luxury spirits portfolio in travel retail.
Diageo Global Travel have announced the second release from the Talisker Bodega Series, which will be available to travellers from August 2019. With only 2,000 bottles available globally, Talisker 41-Year-Old is the oldest official Single Malt to date from Skye’s oldest distillery: a 1978 Vintage. Available at selected global travel outlets, inclusive of both airports and cruise lines, Talisker 41-Year-Old is retailing at RRSP of £2,600 per 70cl bottle. Bottled at 50.7% ABV.
The 41-year-old has been expertly finished in Manzanilla Sherry casks from Delgado Zuleta, the oldest Sherry producer in the famed Sherry Triangle. Located in the Marco de Jerez region, next to the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, it is where Talisker distillery revealed a trading connection that dates to 1900.
Anna MacDonald, Marketing and Innovation Director, Diageo Global Travel said, “This Talisker Bodega Series launch brings luxury and adventure in equal measure with this exclusive sherry cask finished 41-year-old liquid, retaining the unmistakeable quality and character of Talisker and its appeal to wild spirits everywhere. As a limited edition, this is a unique and rare offering for the travellers who enjoy the finer things in life.
“We look forward to beautifully showcasing this exclusive liquid through a range of bespoke in-store displays, with the whisky available in selected global travel retail stores across the world.”
Talisker’s Master Blender, Dr Craig Wilson, helped to craft the precious 41-year-old liquid, working alongside the Sherry Masters at Bodega Delgado Zuleta. The Sherry experts hand-picked only six exceptional casks for finishing, that once held the Bodega’s flagship wine La Goya, a very fine Manzanilla aged in casks more than a century old.
The result is a remarkable, rich whisky; the nose carries the sweet fruitiness of sultanas and orange peel framed by sandalwood, with a tang of salty sea air and smoky raw sugar. The taste offers a fine balance between sweetness and smoke. The finish is generously warming and sustained, with a drying, softly smoky conclusion – an extraordinary 41-year-old liquid.
Much like the 40-year-old first release in the Talisker Bodega series, the exquisite golden spirit lies in a hand-crafted bottle that comes housed in a special Sherry-oak casing to evoke the many stages of the whisky’s history and journey.
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