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Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak is Inspired By a 3,264-Mile Journey

Headline numbers meet headline flavour with the release of the Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak. A special bottle for the modest whisky collector, this release is drawn from just 10 casks and bottled in a limited quantity of just 1830 as a tribute to the distillery’s founding year. It was in this same year that the MacAskill brothers rowed from the Isle of Eigg to the Isle of Skye and established the Talisker Distillery.

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Inspired by the original journey in 1830, the 33 Years Old Xpedition Oak: Atlantic Challenge was created using the same casks and 100 wooden staves from the original journey. Adventurer James Aiken took these staves with him as he followed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – a 3,264-mile voyage from La Gomera, Spain to Antigua – doing so aboard his yacht Oaken Yarn. Once ashore, the staves were carefully returned to Scotland to complete the final maturation process, with 10 staves being inserted into each cask.

The effect of the salty sea breeze is said to have added an element of brine and daring to the whisky that accompanies the traditional fruit, spice, oak and smoke dominant flavours found in something of this age. While we are yet to formally taste the whiskey ourselves, we can comfortably say the Talisker 43-Year-Old Xpedition Oak offers a reasonable value for money proposition for collectors and drinkers alike. With an RRP of AUD $5,750, it comes in at less than half the price of many other rare whiskies of this age. And represents the oldest release from Talisker to date.

Later this year, Talisker will be auctioning off the very first bottle to benefit the Parley for the Oceans environmental group. You might recognise the name from its Adidas sneakers, Parley is a well-recognised industry figure dedicated to preserving marine life and the worlds oceans.

As for a few lucky Australian’s, you’ll have to get your clicking fingers ready as the Xpedition will be available in Australia at Dan Murphy’s and other leading independent liquor stores nationwide from Monday 20th September for AUD $5,750.

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the sneaker, automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Staff Writers role at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employs a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.