Tasting Notes-Talisker 40 Year Old The Bodega-Series 1
Appearance: Deep, limpid gold. Nose: Mild and rich. The sweet fruitiness of sultanas and pears in syrup, then orange peel, framed in oiled sandalwood, with a salty suggestion of seaweed or sea air in the middle, on a base of faintly smoky raw sugar. Water brings up a buttery note of short crust pastry and a waxy hint. Body: Medium, rich. Palate: Most appealing. At natural strength, the texture is very fine; oil-smooth and lightly coating. The taste starts sweetly fruity – white grapes, more sultanas – then becomes sea-salty and savoury, before finishing hot and peppery. As the sweet waves of flavour roll out across the palate, they break over a hint of that Talisker trademark, hot chilli spice, and some scented smoke. Finish: Long and warming, with a late, great tongue-tingling nuttiness in the embers as the fire slips down, and a last smoky trace of snuffed candle.
Brothers Hugh and Kenneth moved to Skye from the Island of Eigg and built the distillery at Carbost in 1830. It was later leased to Donald McLellan in 1857 who went bankrupt in 1863 and eventually leased to John Anderson in 1866.
Over the years the distillery changed hands and by 1898 under Dailuaine-Talisker Distillery.Co.Ltd. their whisky became one of the best selling single malts in Scotland. In 1916 the distillery was again taken over by John Walker and Sons along with John Dewar and Sons.
Like many other distilleries it had to close during war. Today is one of the oldest distilleries on the Island of Skye.