Talisker Bodega 41 Years: The oldest single malt from Skye’s oldest distillery

A Manzanilla sherry finish characterizes the second edition of the special Bodega series

“41 years” is the impressive age that is printed on the second edition of the Bodega series, to be launched this month according to Talisker’s press release. The Talisker Bodega 41 Years is announced to be the oldest official single malt which ever was released by the distillery on the Scottish Isle of Skye.

Manzanilla sherry casks from Delgado Zuleta

With the Talisker Bodega 40 Year Old that was launched last year, the series of strictly limited single malt whiskies, which is dedicated to the art of Sherry cash finishing. That 40-year-old Talisker was matured in Amontillado sherry casks, the now-announced Talisker Bodega 41 Years in Manzanilla sherry casks. All of those sherry casks came from the famous sherry producer Delgado Zuleta, one of the oldest bodegas in the Marco de Jerez region.

The Talisker Bodega 41 Years will be available worldwide, but there are only 2,000 bottles in total. It is a 1978 vintage for which six Manzanilla casks were selected. The had contained sherry for the flaggship of the bodega, La Goya Manzanilla, aged at least for 10 years. Talisker's Master Blender Dr Craig Wilson worked hand in hand with the bodega sherry masters to give the single malt a perfect finish. The press release does not reveal how long the finish of the Talisker whisky took place in these Manzanilla casks. The 41-year-old Talisker Single Malt Whisky was bottled at 50.7% ABV.

Balance between sweetness and smoke

The Talisker Bodega 41 Years is described as: “… a remarkable rich whisky, the nose carries the sweet fruitiness of sultanas and orange peel framed by sandalwood, with a tang of salty sea air and smoky raw sugar. The taste offers a fine balance between sweetness and smoke. The finish is generously warming and sustained, with a drying, softly smoky conclusion, an extraordinary 41-year-old liquid retainingthe unmistakeable character of Talisker.

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