As well as carrying scientists, filmmakers and activists, who undertook deep dives into the kelp forest in order to better understand how to protect it, the expedition ship also played host to a number of Talisker cask staves.
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Each bottle is housed inside a limited-edition presentation box / ©Talisker
Following their journey down the Atlantic, the staves were returned to Skye where they were charred using sustainably farmed Scottish sea kelp and stave wood shavings, before being turned into casks used to mature the 44 Year Old for its final aging.
The resulting liquid brings something distinctly different to the Talisker lineup. Naturally, there are those signature saline notes with a hint of sweetness, but 44 years of maturing has added a deep, savory element that any fan of the distillery will notice as unusual. A drop of water opens the whisky up to reveal a more familiar hit of pepper on the back of the throat.
“When it comes to nosing and tasting this particular expression of Talisker, you’ll find that it has a lovely duality to it,” said Ewan Gunn, Diageo’s global prestige whisky ambassador. “The key aromas and flavors are present: the marine smoke; the saline sweetness; that peppery tickle and that chili catch on the finish – that quintessential Talisker is all there. But there’s a layer of depth and complexity that only 44 years in wood can achieve.”
Just 1,197 bottles of the Talisker 44-Year-Old: Forests of the Deep Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be released globally at £3,800 (approx. $4,588). Each bottle is housed inside a limited-edition presentation box, complete with a tiny piece of one of the wooden staves that made the journey to Cape of Good Hope with Parley.
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