Talisker is a distillery well known among enthusiasts, which are usually used to taste products aged in ex-Bourbon barrels, more in line with the marine and peat flavors of the island of Skye distillery. In 2002 the company put on sale a limited edition that matured in ex-Sherry casks, an advanced age for Talisker standards (20 years) and an important gradation, above 60° ABV. Today this bottle is very sought after, it is rare and prices often exceed 2000 euros.
TASTING NOTES TALISKER 1981/2002 SHERRY CASKS
Nose: peat and sherry at first. Very fine and elegant, you don’t perceive the particularly high gradation. It is then the turn of red fruits, with cherry and blackberry.
Palate: spices, including nutmeg and black pepper, along with an important salinity. Then red fruits, with hints of cherry, blackberry, black cherry and strawberry. The Talisker character comes through.
Finish: very long and complex. Notes of black pepper, peat, spices and red fruits (cherry) are perceptible.
The almost perfect marriage between the various components and a great age, that never overpowers the whisky from the the proud Isle of Skye, give rise to an excellent result. Magnificent.