|Diageo releases "boldest" Talisker expression|
|Written by Elinor Zuke|
|Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:15|
Diageo has launched the first of several new expressions of Talisker.
Talisker Storm, described as its boldest whisky to date, has been made from rejuvenated and refill casks at different ages and is bottled at the traditional Talisker strength of 45.8% without an age statement. The rrp is £39.95.
Master blender Jim Beveridge said Talisker Storm delivered the distillery's character in "one vibrant dram."
"We sought out some great mature Talisker, enriched and mellowed by time spent in carefully rejuvenated casks, and brought that together with some very fresh distillery character preserved by maturation in refill casks," he said.
Further expressions of Talisker will be released later this year.
The full tasting notes read:
Appearance: Full gold
Nose: At first restrained yet spicy, with a hint of struck matches; fresh-clean and growing in complexity like a gathering storm to reveal a honeyed sweet maltiness with ripe red berry fruit. Eventually a little well integrated mellow smoke drifts across the scene as a wild sea turns up briny, fresh clean notes, and an oily explosion of pepper
Palate: At first sweetly mellow and rich in the mouth then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through. It's as if the pure, tongue-coating sweetness joins hands with a deep nutty smokiness to embrace those spicier notes. The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added
Finish: Clean and of medium length, warming, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which late peaty burnt embers can be found