"Talisker 18-year-old Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky $75.99 - Limited to quanity on hand. We can't honor bottles sold into the negative. This lovely 18 year old is almost out of existance. Get it while it lasts! Strength: 45.8% ABV Appearance: Amber. [...]"
What's this about Talisker 18 vanishing? Is it being removed from the line? And if so, is anything replacing it?
I never could find any concrete evidence of it going away completely. They've continued to keep it listed on the Talisker web site, and Bevmo has kept a spot for it in their inventory list, as if they expect it to come back. It disappeared from some of the European online stores for a while, but then came back, seemingly in good supply.
The only thing I was able to find when doing a bunch of google searching back then was some speculation that they were pulling Talisker out of the North American markets in order to increase supply to Asia, combined with the need for Talisker 18 year in Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Hopefully it's just a temporary shortage, and we'll see it in higher supply in the future.
Curses on Diageo for 'teasing' us with such a stupendous whisky and then making it as scarce as 24-Carat gold.
It doesn't seem to have an entry in the online BevMo system any more - not even listed as "out of stock". Nor is it listed at Binny's.
ClubSmed and biglads - Thanks for the "insider" tips! That's exactly the kind of info I was hoping somebody might have when I queried about this last year. Doesn't sound particularly promising, though.
I went ahead and picked up the last bottle at the Scottsdale Sportsman's on my lunch break. The bottle has an L9 code, so it looks like it was bottled in 2009, not an old bottle the distributor found in a warehouse. However, the distributor told them that this was the last of the Talisker 18 "for a while."
K&L didn't put this most recent batch on their web site. Seems to be a Redwood City store-only availability.
Definitely would be a shame if Talisker 18 went away. Talisker 10 fell on hard times IMO in the period of '03-'08 - got caramel-y, sweet, muted. Lost much of the pepper and zing it had before. Talisker 18 brought that character back.
I haven't tried much Talisker 10 in the past couple of years, but I gather it's regaining some of its former personality.
Still, Talisker 18 is (was?) a good value even at $75/bottle. Great whisky. Talisker character all the way through.
My cynical side tells me it's just another ploy to raise prices. It will be a shame to see it off the shelves for a while but don't let the market swindle you into thinking it is gone for ever. Be brave and hold fast
lockejn wrote:It just showed up - today - at Julio's in Massachusetts. I would expect Binny's and the rest to have it any time now.
Yes, I just received the Loch & Key newsletter. I called Julio's and they had about 5 cases with more coming in soon.
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