Tuesday, May 17, 2022


Diageo, has today announced the launch of the oldest expression to date, from its Isle of Skye based Talisker Distillery.

Talisker 44 Year Old (49.1% ABV) which has been launched to help celebrate the brands commitment to ocean health for World Oceans Day (June 8th), was finished in marine oak casks.

Talisker 44 Year Old

This latest release, was created as a reflection on the power and beauty of our oceans, and was inspired by an expedition led by Parley for the Oceans, Talisker’s partner in ocean conservation, to one of the world’s largest sea kelp forests near the Cape of Good Hope.

The mission ship explored into ‘The Great African Sea Forest’, where the expedition team of scientists, activists and filmmakers undertook a dive into its depths.

Talisker cask staves were taken on the expedition, and were later charred using a small amount of sustainably farmed Scottish sea kelp and stave wood shavings. The whisky was then finished in these marine oak casks before bottling.

Talisker and Parley's long-term partnership continues to raise awareness and support the protection and preservation of 100 million square metres of marine ecosystems around the world by 2023.  

Commenting on the news, Whisky Writer Dave Broom, said: “This is a fascinating, bold, beautifully mature Talisker made in the old, bold, defiant style.  Some whiskies become refined and elegant with time, others lighten and move into an ethereal state. A few however, move in the opposite direction, becoming richer, more complex and concentrated versions of themselves. This is all about how Talisker’s distillery character shifts over time, refusing to become conventionally beautiful. Instead the oils are magnified, savoury elements emerge, and the smoke is retained, binding it all together. It is sweet, savoury, smoky and saline… and deep. It is Talisker on full power with an energy that is remarkable for its age, a true distillation of place.”

Limited to 1,997 bottles, Talisker 44 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £3800.00.

Posted by Steve Rush