The latest collection strays from the repetitive Rare by Nature and delves deep into thematic fables, or Legends Untold. Eight legendary Scottish distilleries are featured in the Special Releases, and the collection includes some of the most expensive whisky since the 2017 collection.
The mythical creatures relate to the distilleries based on “the hidden gems that can be found in each corner of the Scottish terrain amongst the lochs and rugged highlands.” The Talisker 8 Year is a tried and true whisky since 1830. On the shore of Loch Harport, the island’s extremes impact the whisky’s flavor profile, but the legend of a Rogue Seafury is a much better tale.
Appearance: Platinum blonde
Nose: Heather smoke and saline mingle at the beginning of the nose. The malt is the showcase in the middle where it provides an earthy quality. Mushroom and oak remind me of old weathered docks. Kelp, or a more vegetal note, comes through at the end of the nose.
Palate: The palate starts off sooty and peppery. It is sweet with honey and orange slices. The mouthfeel is oily. Overall, the whisky is salty and full of tar. However, the finish just comes to an abrupt end. The aftertaste is dry with oak.