Talisker 40 Year Old
A new Talisker Bodega series will launch at the end of June. The first expression is an Amontillado finished (!) Talisker 40 Years, a 1978 vintage.
The sherry casks were sourced from Bodegas Delgado Zuleta, the oldest active producer of sherry in Sanlúcar. Apparently the Diageo archives indicate that Delgado Zuleta was already a key supplier of casks to Talisker in the early 1900s.
Five casks were taken out of the solera of Amontillado Quo Vadis, a very peculiar sherry: intensely saline and relatively tannic for a sherry. It will be interesting to check the effect of these 40+ years old casks on this whisky.
Talisker 40 Year Old is a limited release of 2000 bottles. It is bottled at 45.8%. The Bodega series will be expanded with sherry casks from different bodegas.
Update: now available from The Whisky Exchange
Jameson Bow Street 18 Years – Cask Strength
Jameson Bow Street 18 Years is the first cask strength whiskey from Jameson whiskey.
After spending 18 years in a collection of bourbon and sherry casks, the blend of pot still and grain Irish whiskeys has been married together and re-casked in first-fill ex-bourbon American oak barrels for a final six to 12 months in the Maturation House at the Jameson Distillery Bow Street.
The first batch is presented at 55.3% ABV without the use of chill filtration and will be available in 20 markets from July 2018 at around € 240 (quite a price hike compared to the old 18 years that was phased out a couple of years ago).
Teeling Revival vol. V
Teeling Revival vol.5, the final edition, is a 12 years old aged in bourbon barrels before being finished in a combination of Cognac and Brandy barrels.
Limited to 15.000 bottles, it is bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration. Teeling Whiskey The Revival Vol V is available for around of € 120.
Those that already tried it were very impressed, so we have high hopes! Update: read my Teeling Revival V review.
Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…