Talisker celebrates Sherry casks with 40-year-old whisky

Apr 27, 2018by Amy Hopkins

Diageo-owned Talisker has unveiled the first variant in its new Bodega Series: a 40-year-old single malt finished in ex-amontillado Sherry casks.

The expression, which will launch in June this year, is one of the oldest whiskies from the Isle of Skye-based distillery. At £2,750 (US$3,800), it is also one of the most expensive. Talisker Bodega Series has been designed to explore the impact of different Sherry cask finishes on single malt Scotch. The finishing casks used in the range have been sourced from the ‘Sherry Triangle’, where Talisker once sourced all its casks. Talisker 40 Year Old is a blend of vintage liquid aged in refill casks. This whisky is then finished in Bodega Delgado Zuleta Sherry casks that once held 40-year-old amontillado Sherry. “This Talisker 40 Year Old is an exquisite single malt Scotch whisky which captures the age-old relationships with Delgado Zuleta and the high quality craftsmanship which took place throughout the creation of this rare expression,” said Donald Colville, Talisker’s global ambassador. “We are delighted to launch this as the first of the Bodega series and the liquid is something that we are extremely proud of.” The expression is presented in a screen-printed bottle and hand-made wood encasing, with a design inspired by the arches of Sherry bodegas. Talisker will release 2,000 bottles of the new expression globally. Brand owner Diageo recently announced a £150m (US$215m) investment plan to improve its Scottish visitor experiences, including the one based at Talisker distillery.