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Talisker

The oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker has enjoyed a long and very successful history. It has been the recipient of numerous accolades and medals from prestigious national and international competitions, and boasts an incredible core range that includes Talisker 10 Year Old, a gold medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 and 'Best Islands Single Malt' at the 2017 World Whiskies Awards, as well as Talisker 18 Year Old, which won ‘Best Single Malt In The World' at the World Whiskies Awards 2007.

To celebrate the distillery’s 175th anniversary in 2005, a no age statement commemorative single malt bottling was released. Two years later in 2007, Talisker 18 year old won ‘Best Single Malt In The World 2007’ at the World Whiskies Awards. Since 2008, the range has vastly expanded with a no age statement quartet and even a 40 year old expression. Talisker is now one of Diageo’s most distinguished single malt brands.

The distillery was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, on the shores of Loch Harport, an area steeped in tradition and local custom, where Scotch Gaelic is still spoken. Talisker remained under the MacAskill's stewardship until 1898, when the Dailuaine-Talisker Distillers Company acquired it under the charge of Thomas Mackenzie. They extended the distillery in 1900, before selling the company in 1916 to a consortium including Distillers Company Limited. Following a relatively stable and calm period for Talisker, a still-house fire tragically destroyed the distillery in 1960. Thankfully, the distillery was completely rebuilt meticulously according exact copies of the old stills, and five replicas of the original stills were constructed to maintain the preservation of the original Talisker flavour.

The distillery has changed hands only once since this period, after Diageo added Talisker to its considerable portfolio. It has marketed the brand as part of its Classic Malts range in 1988. Talisker has been a welcome addition to this established series ever since, despite the fact that the distillery itself is pretty unusual. Talisker Distillery has the strange distinction of housing an odd number of wash stills to spirit stills, counting two wash stills and three spirit stills in total. The third spirit still is a remnant from an era in which Talisker used to produce triple distilled malt whisky, which was stopped in 1928, and the extra spirit still was simply never removed or decommissioned.

Talisker Distillery also possesses another striking feature - swan neck lye pipes. The shape of these pipes means that vapour from the stills loops on its way to the worm tubs, so some of the alcohol is already condensed before it has reached the cooler. The alcohol then runs back into the stills and is distilled again. While these features may seem pretty bizarre, some would say that it is these intricacies that help create the distinctive Talisker character, and it's all the better for it (what's so normal about being normal, anyway?).

Anyone who knows the process of making whisky knows that this character isn't just affected by the methods and equipment used, however, but by the base ingredients as well. Talisker has used the same malted barley since 1972, a supply bought in from Glen Ord after it abandoned it's own onsite maltings. This malt is typically peated to a phenol level of approximately 18–22 parts per million (ppm) which, combined with a decidedly brazen terroir and mineral-rich water from Cnoc nan Speireag (Hawk Hill), helps to form a singular profile of new-make spirit, which tends to be aged in American oak casks.

Currently, Talisker's annual output ranks at almost three and half million litres of unmistakable Scotch whisky. That's plenty enough to go round, so why not see what takes your fancy below?

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Talisker 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

A classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Aged for a minimum of 10 years in American oak casks, this welcome member of Diageo's Classic Malts series has been recognised numerous times for its…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old
274
RRP $49.34
$41.36

Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

70cl, 57.3%

From Diageo's Special Release 2019 series comes a particularly marvellous 15 year old Talisker! Matured in freshly charred American oak hogsheads, it's got spice, sweetness, smoke and sea breeze…  More info

Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release 2019)
1
$123.29

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. This beautifully release from…  More info

Talisker 57° North
42
$78.38
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House Greyjoy & Talisker Select Reserve - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection

70cl, 45.8%

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the licensing agreement, we're unable to sell this particular whisky to customers in certain countries. Hit 'Read more' below for the full list we can send to: Read more…  More info

House Greyjoy & Talisker Select Reserve - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection
3
$53.77

Talisker Storm

70cl, 45.8%

Talisker Storm was released in early 2013 as a no age statement whisky, which was matured in specifically selected refill and toasted American oak casks. An intense and vibrant dram, the Storm offers…  More info

Talisker Storm
124
$44.85

Talisker Skye

70cl, 45.8%

Talisker Skye was introduced in early 2015, named after the beautiful island on which the distillery resides. This expression brings with it a more well-rounded and sweet flavour profile packed with…  More info

Talisker Skye
100
$42
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Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12756) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

An Old Particular bottling of 8 year old Talisker single malt, matured in a refill hogshead cask from November 2009 to September 2018. After this snooze in an oaky home, the whisky was bottled by…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12756) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.86

Talisker 25 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

This right here is a 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Talisker distillery. Housing a single malt Scotch whisky that was predominantly matured in American oak hogsheads with some…  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old
3
$313.91

Talisker 24 Year Old 1953 - Connoisseur's Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 43%

This is a very rare bottle of Talisker single malt that was distilled in 1953, matured in sherry oak casks and bottled 24 years later by Gordon & MacPhail for the Italian market as part of the…  More info

Talisker 24 Year Old 1953 - Connoisseur's Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$2,242.62

Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series 2

70cl, 50.7%

An exciting and exceptional bottling from Talisker, this is the second release in the Bodega series from the Island distillery. It was distilled all the way back in 1978, when Bee Gees Night Fever…  More info

Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series 2
$3,251.80

Talisker 175th Anniversary

70cl, 45.8%

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

Talisker 175th Anniversary
1
$280.32

Talisker 18 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

From the Isle of Skye comes this Talisker single malt, which has spent 18 years in casks which previously held bourbon and sherry. A sweet and smoky malt, a must have for any Talisker fan. If you…  More info

Talisker 18 Year Old
46
$85.73

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Talisker 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.8%

Could your Christmas Tree use a helping of coastal deliciousness? Of course it could. Rather than sticking it in the ocean for a few minutes and bringing it back inside your home covered in seaweed…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Talisker 10 Year Old
$6.16

Talisker 2007 (bottled 2017) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

It's the 2007 vintage Distillers Edition from Talisker. These expressions are allowed a finishing period in casks that previously held Amoroso sherry, which plays wonderfully with the distinctive…  More info

Talisker 2007 (bottled 2017) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
4
$67.27

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Talisker 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.8%

A single Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker containing a wax-sealed 30ml dram of frankly fantastic single malt Scotch whisky - Talisker 10 Year Old! Exactly the kind of tipple that'll round off a…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Talisker 10 Year Old
$5.03

Talisker Port Ruighe

70cl, 45.8%

You can spend years waiting for a new release in Talisker's core range then two come along at once! Hot on the heels of Talisker Storm in early 2013 comes Talisker's Port Ruighe, pronounced 'Port…  More info

Talisker Port Ruighe
19
$52.42

Talisker Dark Storm 1l

100cl, 45.8%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, Talisker's Dark Storm is matured in heavily charred oak casks, imparting yet more smoke and spice to the already intensely smoky whisky. A fantastic…  More info

Talisker Dark Storm 1l
50
$67.05

Talisker 2000 (bottled 2011) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

The beautiful 2000 vintage Talisker Distillers Edition, finished in Amoroso sherry casks, mixing Talisker's signature peppery peat with juicy sherry. This bottle was part of a private collection -…  More info

Talisker 2000 (bottled 2011) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Talisker 9 Year Old 2008 (cask 15652) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A single cask bottling of Talisker, distilled in December 2008 and left to age for the next nine years in a single sherry butt. In November 2018 the single malt was bottled by Hunter Laing for the…  More info

Talisker 9 Year Old 2008 (cask 15652) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$100.86

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 12820) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A Hunter Laing bottling of Talisker, which was distilled on the Isle of Skye in December 2008. The single malt spent the next eight years in a single refill hogshead, before it was bottled for the…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 12820) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$96.38

Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old

70cl, 50%

Well, well, well... What do we have here? Only an exceptionally exciting release from Island distillery Talisker made all the more marvellous because it's the first in a series that forms an…  More info

Talisker Bodega Series 40 Year Old
$3,083.60

Talisker 1991 (bottled 2004) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, this Talisker single malt was distilled back in 1991. It was treated to a finish in Amaroso casks before it was bottled in 2004 for the Distillers Edition series. A…  More info

Talisker 1991 (bottled 2004) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Talisker 1998 (bottled 2009) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

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. This bottle…  More info

Talisker 1998 (bottled 2009) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12578) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Part of Douglas Laing's Old Particular series, this expression from Talisker was distilled in 2009 and bottled at 48.4% ABV, after 8 years of maturing in a refill hogshead. It is one of only 378…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12578) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$100.86

Talisker 8 Year Old - 1970s

76cl, 45.6%

A bottle of 8 year old Talisker, released sometime in the 1970s. This was around the same time that the maltings at the distillery closed, so it began to import barley from its nearest maltings, Glen…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old - 1970s

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