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New Talisker Whisky Features 100 Percent Recycled Glass Bottle

Talisker Distillery, based on the Isle of Skye, recently announced that along with its partner in ocean conservation, Parley for the Oceans, they’ve made a limited-edition whisky with conservation in mind.

A statement from parent company Diageo explained that Talisker Wilder Seas is that single malt Scotch, and it was finished in French oak XO Cognac casks.

First and foremost, the statement explained, this latest release comes in the distillery’s first 100-percent recycled glass bottle, made from biofuel, and designed with a ceramic decoration to reduce labeling.

Talisker Wilder Seas
Talisker Distillery, based on the Isle of Skye, recently announced that along with its partner in ocean conservation, Parley for the Oceans, they’ve made a limited-edition whisky with conservation in mind. (image via Diageo)

The packaging was co-designed with Parley, and the Wilder Seas bottle features topographic lines inspired by the underwater landscape of Skye’s coastline.

Also a first for Talisker, they will release a carton-free whisky with a 100-percent recycled paper neck tag rather than being boxed. Diageo research explained that Talisker has reduced its glass bottle emissions for this product by 82% and its total packaging carbon emissions by 77% through the latest initiatives.

Inspiration for the conservation and collaboration with Parley is to significantly reduce carbon emissions, helping to protect ocean health. Talisker officials also announced that the brand is donating £3 from every bottle made to Parley initiatives that support ocean protection and preservation.

Cyril Gutsch, founder and CEO of Parley, said that sea forests are as crucial to planetary health as any terrestrial ecosystem, yet their disappearance has largely gone unnoticed.

“Like forgotten guardians of the sea, sky and land, towering kelps beneath the surface harbor vast marine biodiversity, purify surrounding waters, regulate pH, sequester carbon, release oxygen, protect coastlines from storms and erosion and buffer us all from the worst impacts of climate change.”

He said the collaboration with Talisker bridges design, eco-innovation and conservation in a tribute that “honors the beauty and fragility of these magical forests and supports the work towards their protection.”

Talisker Wilder Seas, the whisky, clocks in at 48.6% ABV and has a suggested retail price of £75.

The tasting notes on Talisker Wilder Seas follows:

Appearance: A deep amber with reddish lights. The color of rosewood. ​

Nose: Tight-packed top notes of fruit and malt suggest malt bread with sultanas, dates and dried figs. Beneath them, a light mineral hint of chalk leads into rousing maritime notes of brine, salt crystals and ship’s rails in a high sea, all on a lightly fruity, winey base, with a hint of pipe tobacco.

Palate: The creamy mouthfeel starts sweet then quickly becomes salty, smoky and fruity, with hints of sultana and fig mid-palate wrapped in rising peppery spice and smokiness.

Finish: Long, warming and lightly drying, with a late peppery catch and a smoky-fruity aftertaste. ​

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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