|Serie||Forests of the Deep|
|Gedistilleerd op||Not Specified|
|Streek||Isle of Skye|
|Cask Type||Marine Charred Casks|
|Conditie||In Original Wooden Box|
Nose: Somewhat austere but with gentle wood smoke, wet wool, velvety wax and mineral notes too, but also juicy stone fruits, lychee and orange zest. Finally some white pepper, hazelnuts and hemp rope. Extremely well integrated.
Taste: A waxy, almost oily mouthfeel with plenty of salty, pepper-y maritime notes accumulated by seaweed, iodine and damp drift wood. Also salted liquorice, a hint of tar and gentle medicinal peat. But also soft notes of crème caramel, rum-soaked raisins and stewed fruits to give it some more depth and sweetness.
Finish: Long with lingering notes of breakfast tea, ashes and salt. Delicious.
It's vibrant and coastal, but with a depth, richness and complexity you only find in these long-aged single malts. A throwback whisky worthy of the Talisker brand. And certainly a treat to taste, (although I can't really separate the influence of the marine casks). Even for as privileged and spoiled a whisky drinker as I am, drinking 1970s Talisker is a rarity.
In the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye, where the waves crash against the cliffs and the sea air carries the essence of the maritime surroundings, Talisker Distillery unveils a true masterpiece—the Talisker 44 Years Old Forests of the Deep. Bottled in 2022 for the Forests of the Deep series, this expression is a testament to the distillery's dedication to both time-honored traditions and the exploration of innovative maturation techniques, featuring the unique influence of Marine Charred Casks.
The Forests of the Deep Series:
Part of an exclusive series that pays homage to the mysteries of the ocean, the Forests of the Deep editions are known for their intricate maturation processes and distinct flavor profiles. Talisker 44 Years Old takes its place in this illustrious collection, offering a rare and sophisticated journey through the depths of time and craftsmanship.
Maturation on Marine Charred Casks:
What sets the Talisker 44 Years Old apart is its maturation on Marine Charred Casks. The casks, exposed to the salt-laden air of the sea, impart a unique character to the whisky. The marriage of Talisker's peated spirit with the influence of the maritime environment creates a nautical symphony of flavors that sets this expression apart from its peers.
Upon uncorking, the nose is greeted with a rich tapestry of aromas. The peat smoke characteristic of Talisker intertwines with maritime notes, brine, and a subtle hint of charred oak. The complexity invites enthusiasts to delve into the depths of the whisky's character.
The palate is a revelation of flavors that have matured for an impressive 44 years. Maritime influences dance with the peaty core, creating a harmonious blend of sea spray, charred wood, and a touch of iodine. Layers of complexity unfold, showcasing the depth that can only be achieved through time and the influence of the marine environment.
The finish is enduring and satisfying, leaving a lingering memory of the sea. Charred oak, hints of seaweed, and a touch of salinity contribute to a final act that invites contemplation and appreciation for the marriage of time and the sea.
Released in 2022, the Talisker 44 Years Old Forests of the Deep is a limited bottling, adding to its exclusivity. Each bottle represents a moment in Talisker's history, capturing the essence of the distillery's innovation and commitment to producing exceptional whiskies.
The Talisker 44 Years Old Forests of the Deep is a celebration of time, innovation, and the influence of the maritime environment. By maturing in Marine Charred Casks, Talisker has created a whisky that encapsulates the essence of the sea. For those fortunate enough to savor this edition, it is not just a drink; it is an exploration of the depths, a journey through time, and a testament to the enduring legacy of Talisker Distillery.