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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.

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 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?

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

70cl, 59.4%

An 8-year-old bottling from Talisker really harks back to times gone by for the Isle of Skye distillery. That's probably why this edition is one of the most anticipated entries in this year's Diageo…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)
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$79.01
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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
249
$37.68
$32.35
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Talisker 18 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

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

Talisker 18 Year Old
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$79.48
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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
84
$32.30
$26.95
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Talisker 2006 (bottled 2016) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

A Distillers Edition bottling of single malt from the Talisker distillery on the rugged Isle of Skye. This was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2016 after a finishing period in Amoroso casks, then…  More info

Talisker 2006 (bottled 2016) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$66.68
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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
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$53.52
$48.25
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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
116
$34.45

Talisker Tasting Set

15cl, 48%

Enjoy an island adventure with the Talisker Tasting Set, featuring five different 30ml drams of whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye! Please note: On the odd occasion, we do need to make changes…  More info

Talisker Tasting Set
$35.53

Talisker Neist Point

70cl, 45.8%

Initially launched for travel retail, Talisker Neist Point is named after Skye's most westerly point with the lighthouse depicted on the fold out box. It's a no age statement release that's said to…  More info

Talisker Neist Point
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$102.38
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Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Talisker 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.8%

Estimated despatch 14th November 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…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Talisker 10 Year Old
$6.96

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
$7.44

Talisker 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11521) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A tempting Talisker, independently bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance selection. This one was distilled on the Isle of Skye in November 2009 and set aside to age in a refill hoggie for 7…  More info

Talisker 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11521) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$59.25
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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
$2,965.40

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
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$59.25

Talisker 20 Year Old 1982 (2003 Special Release)

70cl, 58.8%

A cask strength, 20 year old from Talisker. A powerful dram, distilled in 1982 and matured in bourbon wood. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just…  More info

Talisker 20 Year Old 1982 (2003 Special Release)
$916.52

Talisker 25 Year Old (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 57.8%

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! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old (2004 Special Release)
$641.60

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)
$2,965.40

Talisker 1989 (bottled 1999) - Friends of The Classic Malts

70cl, 59.3%

A collectible bottling from Talisker, distilled in 1989 and bottled in 1999. It was released as part of Diageo's Friends of the Classic Malts range, with 7,000 bottles produced. This bottle was…  More info

Talisker 1989 (bottled 1999) - Friends of The Classic Malts
$296.54

Talisker 8 Year Old - 1980s

75cl, 45.8%

A charmingly old-fashioned looking bottle of Talisker 8 Year Old single malt, which was produced during the 1980s. Would make an excellent addition to any whisky collection. Please note: The label…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old - 1980s
$862.66

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
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$64.65

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
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$64.48

Talisker 30 Year Old (2010 Special Release)

70cl, 57.3%

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. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2010 Special Release)
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Talisker Distillery Exclusive

70cl, 59.2%

A distillery exclusive bottling of Talisker single malt Scotch whisky. A cask strength treat - exactly what you need after trekking all the way up to Skye to visit the distillery! Please note: The…  More info

Talisker Distillery Exclusive

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
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$296.54

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12364) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

Independently bottled Island single malt Scotch whisky from the Talisker distillery, aged for 8 year in a single refill hogshead. This was distilled back in November 2009 and left to age until…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12364) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$77.59

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