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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 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)
$100.64

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)
$100.64

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)
$96.17

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
$3,076.68

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 - 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

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12611) - Provenance Coastal Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48%

The fourth release in Douglas Laing's Provenance Coastal Collection is a terrific Talisker single malt from the isle of Skye! This one was distilled in November 2009 and left to age for 8 years in a…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12611) - Provenance Coastal Collection (Douglas Laing)
$89.45

Talisker Triple Matured - Friends of the Classic Malts

70cl, 48%

This Talisker single malt Scotch whisky was part of a series of limited edition whiskies that were bottled for Diageo’s Friends of the Classic Malts in December 2013. It's an interesting release from…  More info

Talisker Triple Matured - Friends of the Classic Malts

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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$69.18

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)
$70.43

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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$81.98

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 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 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
$307.67

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)
$80.50

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 (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)

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