Rare Ice-Fractured Talisker Launches in Australia


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Talisker reveals Talisker 45-Year-Old: Glacial Edge, an exquisitely rare whisky, aged over four decades and finished in ice-fractured casks.

A reinvigorating experience of nature’s elements awaits with the highly anticipated Australian launch of Talisker’s rarest and wildest whisky to date, Talisker 45-Year-Old: Glacial Edge on November 2, 2023.

The unique character of Glacial Edge comes from the the whisky’s maturation over four decades in heavily charred ice-fractured casks under blasting arctic winds that have unearthed an unexplored richness, complexity and unique untamed depth of flavour.

This is the finale to an adventurous series of wild-whisky experiments – the third and last of the Talisker Xpedition Oak Series, a collection of rare, high-aged Single Malt whiskies. Twelve of Talisker’s heavily charred American Oak casks were taken on a glacial voyage into Canadian ice fields and exposed to sub-zero temperatures and biting Arctic winds. The increased surface area available for the whisky to interact with the wood, during the finishing period, enabled the whisky to travel deeper into the casks and obtain spicier & sweeter aromas from the American Oak ex-Bourbon barrels, resulting in three different whiskies accentuated by its exposure.

Talisker Distillery’s first-ever release of a 45-year-old Single Malt Scotch whisky is the result of this wild whisky experiment, unearthing new, resilient depths of Talisker’s character. Rich, dry and mellow, with a light peppery prickle on the nose; the texture is wondrously oil-smooth and mouth-filling; the taste starts toffee-sweet then becomes mouth-wateringly salty and increasingly peppery; with a striking intensity to it, and a fine chili ‘catch’. A dash of water integrates these tastes.

The ultimate expression of rugged luxury, Talisker 45-Year-Old is an extremely rare dram, with just 2,445 limited bottles globally.

Katie Nagar, Diageo Rare and Exceptional Luxury Ambassador said, “Talisker stands for something raw, authentic and visceral. We have crossed wild seas, plunged into the darkness of ocean depths, and been licked by flames of charred kelp and marine oak, to inspire a series of Talisker whiskies truly born of the wild. Our 45-Year-Old represents the culmination of that journey, and the ultimate expression of that belief. Wild whisky, exquisitely rare and fractured by ice.”

In the last expression of this adventurous series, united by the desire to help protect the seas, Talisker has joined forces with Parley, its partner in ocean conservation to embark on a daring mission to raise awareness of the interconnected nature of the ocean and the planet and inspire the most elemental and trailblazing Talisker to date.

Talisker 45-Year-Old: Glacial Edge is available at select leading retailers and whisky specialists, The Whisky Club, or Diageo (email us for their details) for RRP $7800.

Series The Expedition Series
Distillery Talisker Distillery
Age 45 Years Old
Stength / ABV 49.8% ABV
Volume 2455 bottles
Place of Origin Carbost
Region Isle of Skye
Wood American & European Oak

About Talisker
Located on the shores of the Island of Skye in Scotland for nearly 200 years, Talisker is very much a product of its rugged, coastal home. A brand rooted in adventure, the whisky’s founders, the MacAskill brothers, rowed from Eigg to Skye in 1825, establishing Talisker Distillery in Scotland in 1830 and that sense of adventure lives on through everything the brand does today. Talisker aims to inspire people to reconnect with the exhilarating feeling of being in nature’s presence whilst ensuring we restore the wilderness for future generations. They call it Rewilding.

About Diageo
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