A very special Talisker because a fire destroyed the distillery in 1960. At this time the stills were coal fired, and they used their own floor maltings up until 1972. I was told most of their stocks were destroyed as well, making this all the more rare. I was not able to confirm this however. Regardless it is a little piece of history.
Myself and 3 friends each had a 25ml pour from an almost full, only recently opened bottle at Usquabae Whisky Bar in Edinburgh.
The most striking thing about the bottle was the amount of crystal deposits (calcium oxalate) at the bottom. This was bottled at the end of the 70’s, so there has been plenty of time for the calcium deposits to form. This is quite common in older Spanish sherry casks and can be an important tool to watch out for fake whisky from this era. Here’s a link to the article for the inquisitive:
An educational and sentimental dram from a bygone era.
Light but full of old and lush red fruits. Wispy smoke, wild overripe strawberries, dusty books, orange peel, chocolate orange, soft polish, Soft ginger, minerals and sea salt. Very lovely
Thin and quite watery. Smoke builds after chewing. Saline, red berry jam, dunnage notes, dusty floor, orange pith.
Smoke builds, flavours grow, gunsmoke. Palate does not prepare you for the long finish. A impressive retro nasal smokiness. Waxed wild strawberry and raspberry. An old grease gun, saline, black pepper and sea salt. Great finish
It’s not overly impressive, but a real treat to taste a piece of history. Stop by Usquabae in Edinburgh if you have the chance, they’ve got a great selection at fair prices. Sláinte