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Talisker

The malted barley used at the Talisker distillery has been bought in from Glen Ord since 1972, when Talisker's onsite maltings were abandoned. The malt has a peat level of 22ppm and the terroir is decidedly brazen; the Hebridean climate punishes the shores of the Isle of Skye, on which Talisker is the sole distillery.

Though the whisky distillery is far from large, its capacity is rather modest at less than two million litres annually, Talisker has attained a sterling reputation and sales are currently at around 100,000 cases per annum. Perhaps this is due to its inclusion in the Classic Malts range, released in 1988. The Talisker whisky distillery was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill. Talisker sits at Skye’s western coast, at Loch Harport. The area is steeped in tradition and local custom; indeed, Scotch Gaelic is still spoken.

In 1898, the whisky distillery became a part of Dailuaine-Talisker Distillers Company under the charge of Thomas Mackenzie. Following his death in 1916, a consortium including Distillers Company Limited acquired the distillery. There are two wash stills and, bizarrely, three spirit stills. The third spirit still, is still in place and dates back to the period before 1928 when Talisker produced triple distilled malt whisky.

Talisker Whisky Distillery

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About Talisker Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01478 614308

Distillery Founded

1830

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Carbost, Isle of Skye

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1830

Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, sons of the local doctor, found the distillery.

1848

The brothers transfer the lease to

1854

Kenneth MacAskill dies.

1857

North of Scotland Bank sells the distillery to Donald MacLennan for £500.

1863

MacLennan experiences difficulties in making operations viable and puts the distillery up for sale.

1865

MacLennan, still working at the distillery, nominates John Anderson as agent in Glasgow.

1867

Anderson & Co. from Glasgow takes over.

1879

John Anderson is imprisoned after having sold non-existing casks of whisky.

1880

New owners are now Alexander Grigor Allan and Roderick Kemp.

1892

Kemp sells his share and buys Macallan Distillery instead.

1894

The Talisker Distillery Ltd is founded.

1895

Allan dies and Thomas Mackenzie, who has been his partner, takes over.

1898

Talisker Distillery merges with Dailuaine-Glenlivet Distillers and Imperial Distillers to form Dailuaine-Talisker Distillers Company.

1916

Thomas Mackenzie dies and the distillery is taken over by a consortium consisting of, among others, John Walker, John Dewar, W. P. Lowrie and Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1928

The distillery abandons triple distillation.

1930

Administration of the distillery is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1960

On 22nd November the distillery catches fire and substantial damage occurs.

1962

The distillery reopens after the fire with five new identical copies of the destroyed stills.

1972

Malting ceases and malt is now purchased from Glen Ord Central Maltings.

1988

United Distillers introduce Classic Malts, Talisker 10 years included. A visitor centre is opened.

1998

A new stainless steel/copper mash tun and five new worm tubs are installed. Talisker is launched as a Distillers Edition with an amoroso sherry finish.

2004

Two new bottlings appear, an 18 year old and a 25 year old.

2005

To celebrate the 175th birthday of the distillery, Talisker 175th Anniversary is released

2006

A 30 year old and the fourth edition of the 25 year old are released.

2007

The second edition of the 30 year old and the fifth edition of the 25 year old are released.

2008

Talisker 57O North, sixth edition of the 25 year old and third edition of the 30 year old are launched.

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Talisker 10 Year Old
(70cl, 45.80%)
A classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Always highly rated, this was an Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine. Lots of spice and fresh, tangy peat.  More info
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$53.42
This gift pack contains a bottle of mighty Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and two glasses with a rounded base so that they do not tip over when used on boats (very handy).  More info
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$73.80
This gift set features a full bottle of Talikser 10 Year Old, a well-loved favourite from the Isle of Skye, and two Talisker glasses with round bases which won't tumble over when drinking whisky while...  More info
$73.80
This is the award-winning 2001 vintage Talisker from the popular Distillers Edition range. It sees the peppery, peaty dram from Skye finished in top-quality Amoroso sherry casks before bottling. This...  More info
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$89.75
The 2002 Distillers Edition of Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, finished in Amoroso casks. The sweet, Italian fortified wine casks add a rich, juicy character to the classically smoky single malt...  More info
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$86.46
Talisker 25 Year Old 2011
(70cl, 45.80%)
From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker was bottled in 2011. These releases are always hotly anticipated and we don't expect it to hang about for long.  More info
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$346.17
A restrained and elegant Talisker 30, this really was one of the best of 2011's Special Releases. Its three decades of maturation have produced an elegant and sophisticated whisky.  More info
$502.52
A 2012 bottling of Talisker's 30 year old, massively satisfying single malt from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. Also, the box is jazzier than previous 30 year old releases! Nice! 3,186 bottles...  More info
$565.59
This gift set of Talisker 57° North features a full bottle of the top quality cask strength Island whisky alongside a plastic bottle flask and two metal cups. While the flask does look a bit like a...  More info
$100.31
An excellent gift pack of single malts from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye. This set features 3 20cl bottles, including a Talisker 10 Year Old (45.8% ABV), a Distillers Edition (45.8%...  More info
$70.73
Talisker Port Ruighe
(70cl, 45.80%)
The second new no age statement release in quick succession following Talisker Storm in early 2013. Port Ruighe (pronounced Portree, as in the largest town on the Isle of Skye), is finished in Port...  More info
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$69.00
Talisker Storm
(70cl, 45.80%)
Talisker Storm is a new no age statement whisky released at the beginning of 2013. It offers up plenty of distillery character alongside some smokier depth and complexity.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$60.97
A very special single cask Douglas Laing bottling from a super secret distillery on Skye. We can't tell you which distillery it is though, but it's one that's on Skye, the Isle of Skye, shhh! This was...  More info
Distilled at a super top secret distillery on Skye (an Island known for its many distilleries, and by many we mean one). This Tactical release was distilled in February 1988, and aged in refill...  More info
Young & Feisty makes it sound like this might a dog or a rookie cop in an action movie, but in actuality it's a single cask whisky distilled Talisker, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the...  More info
$93.70
Celebrate Spring with this bottling of Talisker single malt from the Isle of Skye, which has been described by Douglas Laing as being "Young & Feisty", perhaps one of our favourite ways to personify a...  More info
$83.33
A very old, and very rare bottle of Talisker 10, bottled way back when they had maps on the labels. A collector's item for sure…  More info
$157.27
A 20cl bottle the wonderful Talisker 10 with a pair of branded tasting glasses in a handsome presentation case. Talisker produce a truly volcanic Island single malt.  More info
This was released to commemorate Talisker's 175th Birthday in 2005. This is part of a release of 60,000 bottles, crafted by Diageo's Maureen Robinson. This special anniversary edition contains...  More info
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Talisker 18 Year Old
(70cl, 45.80%)
A must have for any Talisker fan. The 18 year old was hugely well received by just about everyone, it took the title Best Whisky in the World at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards too.  More info
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$116.14
A vintage release from the Talisker distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and finished in Amoroso sherry casks. A great example from Diageo's range of distillers editions.  More info
An incredible single cask from Talisker, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in cask 7147 before bottling in 2009. Each bottle is individually numbered.  More info
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$417.08
The volcanic power of Talisker caressed with the juicy, fruity character of an Amroso sherry cask. This 1996 distillers edition is superb, particularly in balance, with a tarry, thick mouthfeel...  More info
Replacing the now exhausted stock of the 1996, this distillers' edition is perhaps even better than the one it replaces. Finished in Amoroso Sherry butts for great depth of flavour.  More info
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Lovely sweetness from the Amoroso sherry casks, this Talisker distillers edition is a wonderful example of the effects of peaty whisky matured in sherry casks.  More info
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