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Talisker 8-Year-Old 2021 Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky


750ml, bottle

A limited-edition single malt Scotch whisky, the Talisker 8-Year-Old 2021 Special Release is known for its bold and vibrant character. Matured in heavily peated refill casks, this whisky offers a unique combination of smoky and peaty notes alongside sweet fruit flavors. Bottled at 59.7% ABV, it's a cask strength expression that packs a punch.


A Dive into the Dram

The 2021 Talisker 8-Year-Old Special Release isn’t your typical young malt. Forgo expectations of a light and grassy dram. This limited-edition whisky throws a peat-fueled punch, thanks to its unique maturation in heavily peated refill casks. Imagine barrels that once housed a powerhouse Islay single malt, now lending their smoky influence to the fiery spirit of Talisker.

The Nose: A Seaside Cliffhanger

Take a deep breath, and you’ll be transported to the rugged coast of the Isle of Skye. The opening salvo is a surprising sweetness – vanilla weaves in and out of the briny sea air. Hints of porridge oats, a staple Scottish breakfast, add a comforting touch. But then, the true essence of Talisker arrives: a powerful wave of smoke, tinged with the sharp tang of iodine and seaweed. Imagine salty driftwood crackling on a beach bonfire, sending wisps of ashy smoke skyward.

The Palate: A Symphony of Smoke and Spice

The smokiness continues on the palate, but it’s joined by a surprising orchestra of flavors. Oily peat coats the tongue, followed by a burst of cracked black pepper and a hint of chili flakes. This fiery dance is balanced by unexpected sweetness – tropical fruits like pineapple and mango peek through, their juicy character a welcome contrast. The ever-present brine from the seaside adds another layer of complexity, reminding you of the whisky’s coastal origins.

The Finish: A Lingering Embrace

The Talisker 8-Year-Old Special Release doesn’t let go easily. The finish is long and warming, a slow fade of smoke and spice. Imagine embers dying down in a fireplace, leaving behind a gentle heat and the lingering aroma of a wood fire.

A Dram for the Adventurous

This is a whisky for those who enjoy a challenge. The bold smokiness and surprising heat won’t be for everyone. But for those who appreciate a unique and adventurous dram, the Talisker 8-Year-Old 2021 Special Release is a journey worth taking. It’s a testament to the power of cask selection and a chance to experience the untamed spirit of Talisker in its youthful glory.


Additional information

Product Type



Single Malt




United Kingdom






750ml, bottle


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Tasting Notes



Cereal spice aromas.



Savory salt, a light sweetness, and smoke.



Long, lingering finish of smoke.