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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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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
An intense rollercoaster ride of spice and chilli heat. We love the annual Talisker 25 release, and this, 2004's, is as great as ever!  More info
$241.40
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
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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A sublime 30 year old, an instant sell out when this was released in 2006. Just develops and develops, a classic Talisker.  More info
The 2008 release of Talisker 30 year old. This was matured in a mix of refill European and American oak casks. An outturn of under 3,000 bottles, each is individually numbered.  More info
We look forward to this avidly every year, another great annual release of 25 year old Talisker, this cask strength was released in 2007 and offers a touch more sherry than other editions. Part of an...  More info
A pouring glass from Skye producer Talisker.  More info
$6.67
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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$447.62
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
$100.56
A cracking tumbler from the only distillery on the Isle of Skye.  More info
$6.67
A quite spiffy 5 year old Talisker, housed in an equally spiffy ceramic decanter! Part of Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range.  More info
$127.09
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
$109.60
What a dram! Every year Diageo offer up some "special releases". These are limited edition, cask strength bottles, rare and often stunning! This Talisker is part of a release of 3,000 bottles, sure to...  More info
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STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER

A 27 year old Talisker distilled in 1985 and matured in refill American Oak casks, this is some serious natural cask strength single malt whisky my friend! Only 3,000...  More info
$802.13
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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$118.97
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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$96.32
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