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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?

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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$66.29

Talisker 9 Year Old 2008 (cask 15639) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.5%

An independently bottled, single cask 9 year old single malt from the Talisker distillery. This one was matured in a sherry butt until 2018, when it was bottled without chill-filtration or additional…  More info

Talisker 9 Year Old 2008 (cask 15639) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$67.49

Talisker 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 45.8%

An old and rare bottling of Talisker 10 Year Old, the classic and popular single malt Scotch whisky from the Skye-based distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

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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$78.55

Talisker 10 Year Old (with Leather Tube) (Old Bottling)

70cl, 45.8%

An old bottling of 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Isle of Skye distillery Talisker, bottled at 45.8% ABV and presented in a rather unique leather-effect tube. This bottle was part…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old (with Leather Tube) (Old Bottling)

Talisker 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 45.8%

This is an old bottling of Talisker 18 Year Old, an absolutely superb single malt Scotch whisky from the Isle of Skye distillery that has been hugely popular ever since its initial release. This…  More info

Talisker 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

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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$101.80

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

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)
$58.91

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)

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

Talisker 10 Year Old - Map Label 1L

100cl, 45.8%

This delightful old litre bottle of Talisker 10 Year Old features a wonderful label design that incorporates a map of the Isle of Skye, where the Talisker distillery is based. This bottle was part…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old  - Map Label 1L

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
$294.82

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 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)
$77.14

Talisker 17 Year Old Manager's Dram

70cl, 55.2%

A rare Talisker single malt whisky bottled in 2011 for Diageo staff at natural cask strength. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or photos just get…  More info

Talisker 17 Year Old Manager's Dram
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Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.5%

8 year old Talisker single malt, independently bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Provenance range and specially specially by La Maison du Whisky. This coastal treat was distilled in December…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$96.43

Talisker 8 Year Old (Old Bottling)

75cl, 45.8%

An 8 year old single malt from the Talisker distillery on Skye, bottled by Johnnie Walker & Sons. As such, the Johnnie Walker logo appears on the label, mid-stride. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old (Old Bottling)

Talisker 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A very rare bottling of Talisker single malt, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. This whisky was distilled all the way back in 1954, long before Talisker stopped its own malting. A…  More info

Talisker 1954 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Talisker 1991 (bottled 2005) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

A rare 2005 bottling of Talisker from the Distillers Edition range. This expression was distilled back in 1991 and allowed a finished period in Amoroso casks before being bottled in 2005 at 45.8%…  More info

Talisker 1991 (bottled 2005) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

70cl, 48%

A Diageo Friends of the Classic Malts bottling of 12 year old Talisker single malt, which has been triple matured - it was initially aged in refill casks, and then was moved over to charred American…  More info

Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

Talisker 1991 (bottled 2005) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition (1L)

100cl, 45.8%

This is a 1 litre bottling from the Talisker Distillers Edition series, featuring whisky distilled back in 1991 and bottled in 2005 following a finishing period in Amoroso casks. This bottle was…  More info

Talisker 1991 (bottled 2005) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition (1L)

Talisker 1974 (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 57%

This is a very rare bottle of Talisker distilled on the Isle of Skye all the way back in 1974, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail at 57% ABV. Highly collectible indeed. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Talisker 1974 (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Talisker 16 Year Old 1979 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 63%

A rare bottling of 16 year old Talisker from the days of yore (or, well, the 1990s - that's sort of the same thing). The whisky was distilled back in 1979 left to mature until October 1995, when it…  More info

Talisker 16 Year Old 1979 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

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