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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 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 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)

Talisker 30 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

30 year old single malt from Talisker - a massively satisfying expression from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. After three decades of maturation, this whisky boasts an incredible flavour profile…  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old
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$391.99

Talisker 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11779) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Talisker 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11779) Provenance single malt was drawn from in one refill hogshead single cask and without any colouring or chill filtration. One of 426 bottles, this latest…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2010 (cask 11779) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$74.28

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)
$61.54

Talisker Gift Pack (3 x 20cl)

60cl, 49.5%

An excellent gift pack of single malts from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye. This set features 3 20cl bottles, including a Talisker 10 Year Old (45.8% ABV), a Distillers Edition (45.8%…  More info

Talisker Gift Pack (3 x 20cl)
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$56.78

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
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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)
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$100.74

Talisker 5 Year Old 2011 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A Hepburn's Choice bottling of 5 year old Talisker single malt, distilled on the Isle of Skye in 2011 and bottled by Langside in 2017. 406 bottles were produced.  More info

Talisker 5 Year Old 2011 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$58.68

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

The Distillers Edition bottlings of Talisker single malt are allowed a finishing period in casks which have previously held wonderfully sweet Amoroso Sherry. This is the 2005 vintage, which has was…  More info

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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$62.21

Talisker Skye Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%

A nifty gift set containing a bottle of Talisker Skye (the distillery's sweeter, more approachable expression) and 2 branded glasses.  More info

Talisker Skye Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$48.64

Talisker 6 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Isle of Skye-based distillery, Talisker! This was aged in a single refill hogshead cask from 2010 to 2016, before being bottled at 6 years old…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2010 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
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Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%

A Classic Malts & Food gift pack containing a bottle of 2005 vintage Talisker Distillers Edition, which was finished in Amoroso Sherry casks before being bottled in 2015, along with a recipe book for…  More info

Talisker 2005 (bottled 2015) - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

Talisker 5 Year Old (outturn 463 bottles) - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A peaty treat for nostalgic whisky fans. This 5 year old Talisker single malt Scotch whisky has been bottled by Douglas Laing in handsome bottled styled like the decanters from the days of old - by…  More info

Talisker 5 Year Old (outturn 463 bottles) - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 25 Year Old 2011

70cl, 45.8%

From Diageo's Special Releases, this 25 year old Talisker was bottled in 2011. These releases are always hotly anticipated and we don't expect it to hang about for long.  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old 2011
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Talisker Port Ruighe - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%

Port Ruighe (pronounced Portree, as in the largest town on the Isle of Skye), is finished in Port casks after initial maturation in American and European Oak refill casks as well as casks that have…  More info

Talisker Port Ruighe - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

Talisker 30 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%

A Classic Malts & Food Gift Pack, containing a bottle of Talisker 30 Year Old, two tasting glasses and a a recipe book. The 30 year old expression from Talisker on the Isle of Skye is truly something…  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old - Classic Malts & Food Gift Set with 2x Glasses

Talisker 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

A single cask 5 year old Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2015 by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range. 216 bottles were drawn from the single refill hogshead…  More info

Talisker 5 Year Old 2009 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 12657) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye, aged in a single refill hogshead for 8 years. This was distilled in April 2008 and bottled in…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 12657) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11178) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A tasty Talisker, aged in a single cask for 8 years and independently bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range. This was distilled back in April and bottled in May 2016 at 46% ABV.  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11178) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 30 Year Old (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 51.9%

A sublime 30 year old, an instant sell out when this was released in 2006. Just develops and develops, a classic Talisker. Please note: The rear label is peeling slightly but this is still a…  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2006 Special Release)

Talisker 2008 (bottled 2014) "Young & Feisty" (casks 10228 & 10462) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A Provenance bottling of "young & feisty" Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the winter of 2008. This bottling was produced using two casks, which were cracked open and bottled in…  More info

Talisker 2008 (bottled 2014)

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