Feature: Talisker Xpedition Oak 43 Year Old
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Talisker 43 Year Old Xpedition Oak | The Atlantic Challenge
For almost 200 years, the oldest distillery on the Isle of Skye - has been embracing the ever-changing elements and producing whisky on this beautifully desolate island. Known for its peaty taste and daring beginnings, Talisker is the epitome of a true wild spirit. Talisker started with an outlandish adventure when the MacAskill brothers rowed from the Isle of Eigg to the formidable shores of the Isle of Skye, and with the limited release of this ground-breaking whisky, another begins.
Once again Talisker’s pioneering nature comes to the forefront with its latest release, the oldest whisky from the distillery. Select staves have weathered an exhilarating journey for 3264 miles from La Gomera, off the west coast of Africa, to the Caribbean island of Antigua. Led by solo sailor James Aiken, no stranger to adventure, these staves have traversed the Atlantic on a 33’ foot yacht for 24 days.
Talisker 43 year old Xpedition Oak, is a limited expression of only 1,830 bottles finished in 10 casks, each of which included a few staves that have tasted an Atlantic adventure – making the expression quintessentially Talisker by nature.
Talisker Xpedition Oak 43 Year Old
Talisker — The Whisky Shaped By Nature
In the most rugged corner of Scotland lies an island that demands respect. Small but powerful, the Isle of Skye is where the elements collide. From rugged shorelines and beastly storms, to warming sunbeams and soaring skies, the nature of Skye has been the inspiration for Talisker whisky since its beginnings 200 years ago. Passionate Talisker craftsmen work in harmony with nature, to create whiskies with bold and distinct characters. This powerfully invigorating spirit of Skye is captured in every drop, a taste of it ignites the explorer instinct within.
What makes Talisker so distinctive? Is it the remote maritime location? Bottling at 80 proof, or 45.8% ABV, as we say today? Or its full-bodied peatiness, smooth maltiness and warming, peppery finish, which makes drinking Talisker feel as though you are drinking in all the rich beauty of a Skye sunset, as the bottle once declared?
For drinkers through the years, it is the peppery “catch” as it slips down that says, “That’s Talisker.” A writer once called it “The lava of the Cuillin,” in a nod to how the rocks of Skye were formed.
But heat is just part of the story.
From the subtle salty aromas in the whisky to the rugged resilience of a distillery that has clung to the shores of a sea-loch on Skye for close to two hundred years, enduring storms, a fire and the ebb and flow of time and tide, Talisker really is ‘made by the sea’. Every day, it shapes the place, its people and their whisky.
When you sip Talisker, you first sense a rich fruity sweetness on the palate (it’s great over ice), then waves of sweet barley malt that open it up as it rolls across the tongue. The growing warmth makes this a great winter dram, too. And finally, that chilli pepper twist in the tail.
Even the massive fire in 1960 that destroyed the stillhouse couldn’t quench Talisker’s heat, though it seemed to set Loch Harport ablaze. The distillery was rebuilt around replica stills, and still uses traditional outside worm tubs to cool the spirit.
Our Talisker Portfolio
The portfolio of whiskies that Talisker boasts, with its core characteristics of sea salt, smoke and pepper bite are as untamed as the landscape in which they’re produced. These are whiskies that are truly made by the sea.