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Talisker bottles 41-year-old for Bodega Series

Diageo-owned Talisker has unveiled the second whisky in its Bodega Series – a 41-year-old Scotch and the distillery’s oldest single malt to date.

Only 2,000 bottles of Talisker 41-Year-Old 1978 Vintage have been created

Only 2,000 bottles of Talisker 41-Year-Old 1978 Vintage will be released globally in August, priced at RRP £2,900 (US$3,645) per 700ml. It has been bottled at 50.7% abv.

The Talisker Bodega Series aims to explore Sherry cask finishes, and will eventually comprise three limited edition expressions.

The 41-year-old was finished in manzanilla Sherry casks from Bodega Delgado Zuleta, the oldest Sherry producer in the Sherry Triangle. Talisker master of malt Dr Craig Wilson worked with the Sherry masters at Delgado Zuleta to select six casks that previously held the bodega’s flagship wine, La Goya, a manzanilla Sherry aged in casks more than a century old.

The finished whisky is said to have aromas of sultanas, orange peel and sandalwood, salty sea air and smoky raw sugar. The palate is said to offer a “fine balance between sweetness and smoke”.

Charlie MacLean, whisky writer, said: “This is a magnificent example of Talisker, which initially holds back on the nose, but blossoms with spice in the mouth. It is a privilege to be able to taste such a memorable dram.”

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