Talisker recently introduced its oldest expression to date, the Talisker 44-Year-Old: Forests of the Deep Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
A statement from Talisker explained that the 44-Year-Old single malt was made as a reflection on the power and beauty of the world’s oceans and inspired by an expedition led by Parley, Talisker’s partner in ocean conservation, to one of the world’s largest sea kelp forests near the Cape of Good Hope.
Only 1,997 bottles of this whisky will be released globally. The distiller’s notes show that on the nose, this whisky combines aromas of sweet and smoky maritime accents. It has the Talisker character with an oily-smooth texture and umami-rich taste, followed by a sweet pepper finish.
Talisker 44-Year-Old: Forests of the Deep (image via Diageo)
The whisky matured for more than four decades and finished in marine oak casks.
More on the maritime inspiration, with support from Talisker, Parley’s expedition to one of the world’s largest sea kelp forests near the Cape of Good Hope took a deep dive into ocean conservation.
The mission’s ship explored the “Great African Sea Forest,” where the expedition team of scientists, activists and filmmakers dove into its depths.
On board the ship were Talisker cask staves, which were later charred using a small amount of sustainably-farmed Scottish sea kelp and stave wood shavings, before finishing the whisky’s maturation journey. The whisky finished in these marine oak casks before bottling.
Talisker 44-Year-Old: Forests of the Deep is available globally with a suggested retail price of £3,800 per bottle.
Talisker and Parley’s long-term partnership continues to raise awareness and support the protection and preservation of 100 million square meters of marine ecosystems around the world by 2023.
Cyril Gutsch, Parley’s founder & CEO, said, “Kelp forests are the planet’s underwater architects, and a powerful blue carbon force within the ecosystem that makes Earth habitable. They support biodiversity and sequester and store carbon dioxide more efficiently than the rainforests. This very special and rare edition of Talisker whisky is a tribute to the beauty and fragility of these great forests of the deep, and our collaborative mission to support their protection.”
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