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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 1988-released Classic Malts range. 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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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
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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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$367.49
Famously described as being "totes amaze", this is a fabulous 35 year old Talisker from Diageo's 2012 Special Releases. It was distilled in 1977 and aged in both refill American oak and European oak...  More info
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$874.35
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
$482.98
Talisker 57° North
(70cl, 57%)
A cask strength bottling from the Talisker distillery, bearing no age statement. This was named for the Isle of Skye sits on the line of latitude 57 Degrees North.  More info
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$95.43
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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$78.90
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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$101.54
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
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$65.78
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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$57.53
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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$74.78
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
$168.14
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
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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A cask strength, 30 year old from Diageo's Special Releases. The Talisker is made by blending refill American and European oak casks together. A release of 3,000 bottles.  More info
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
From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker, bottled at cask strength in 2009. Part of a release of 5,862 bottles.  More info
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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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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
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
A sherry matured, cask strength 20 year old from the Isle of Skye Talisker distillery, distilled in 1981.  More info
A cask strength, 20 year old from Talisker. A powerful dram, distilled in 1982 and matured in bourbon wood.  More info
Always a highly anticipated special release from Diageo, this 25 year old Talisker was released in 2005 at cask strength, part of an outturn of 15,600 bottles.  More info
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$333.00
A great natural cask strength 25 year old from Talisker. This was matured in refill American Oak casks and released in 2006. Highly recommended.  More info
The 2008 release of Talisker's great 25 year old cask strength whisky. This was matured in a mix of refill American and European oak before bottling as part of an outturn of 6,708 bottles.  More info
Part of Talisker's yearly release of 30 year olds, all of which have been fantastic, and really well-received. This is the 2007 release, matured in a mix of refill American and European oak.  More info
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