Talisker Single Malt Whisky should be an adventure enjoyed by everyone, on any occasion, in their own way.
This was the message at the recent launch of Talisker’s 10-year-old single-malt Scotch whisky, held in collaboration with world-renowned adventurer and big wave surfer, Chris Bertish.
At the launch hosted by the V&A Waterfront’s Life Grand Cafe, Bradley Jacobs, senior brand ambassador for Talisker, stated that the single-malt Scotch, brewed by the sea, has a history dating back to the 1800s and is renowned for its smokey, deep earthy flavour.
“Our aim is to debunk the misconception that whiskey should only be consumed around a fire, in that old money aesthetic of brown leather, study and sipping while smoking a cigar,” he explained during the tasting, emphasising the importance of enjoying it your way, be it with tonic, coke, ice, water or even an oyster.
The goal is to dispel the pretentious image held by single-malt whiskies, one sip at a time, an objective Talisker aims to achieve through a partnership with one of South Africa’s most prolific adventurers.
While promoting his latest book, “All In!”, Bertish recently partnered with Talisker, having conquered multiple unimaginable challenges.
In 2017, he successfully completed a 93-day solo, unassisted and unaided crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle board, going from Morocco to Antigua.
His craft resembled a connected rowboat and a stand-up paddle board and weighed over 600kg, which Bertish now considers to have been “too light.”
The craft was self-righting if it capsized, avoiding the possibility of turtling.
Gear included a life raft, flares, and an emergency grab bag. An integral part of maintaining stability in adverse weather was the use of sea anchors.
The adventurer averaged 69km a day, surpassing his planned 48km daily. Paddling was mainly done at night to avoid sun exposure.
The attempt was made in order to raise money for several South African charities that feed, educate, and provide medical operations for children, including the Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Foundation and Operation Smile.
Living by the mantra, “Dream It. See it. Believe It. Achieve It,” the Cape Town native has not only excelled in a variety of sports but has also established himself as a respected author, filmmaker, and businessman.
At the recent event, he described his partnership with Talsiker as a collaboration that mirrors his love and passion for the sea as he encouraged attendees to “keep exploring and living a little bigger and going on your own adventure and enjoy a wee dram or two, of this special single malt whisky along the way.”
Picture: Supplied and Facebook / Chris Bertish