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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 2002 Amoroso Cask Finish (bottled 2013) - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

The 2002 Distillers Edition of Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, finished in Amoroso casks. The sweet, Italian fortified wine casks add a rich, juicy character to the classically smoky single malt.…  More info

Talisker 2002 Amoroso Cask Finish (bottled 2013) - Distillers Edition
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Talisker 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A single barrel 6 year old Talisker bottled at 46% with no chill-filtration or artificial colouring. Distilled in December 2008 on the Isle of Skye and bottled by Douglas Laing in August 2015, the…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 10 Year Old with Gift Tube

70cl, 45.8%

A top island dram, that Talisker 10 year old. If you want to show someone else you care (and show them the glory of Talisker), you can't really go wrong with this handsome gift tube, featuring a 70cl…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old with Gift Tube

Talisker 10 Year Old Atlantic Challenge Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%

This gift pack contains a bottle of mighty Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and two glasses with a rounded base so that they do not tip over when used on boats (very handy).  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old Atlantic Challenge Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
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Talisker 30 Year Old (2011 Release)

70cl, 45.8%

A restrained and elegant Talisker 30, this really was one of the best of 2011's Special Releases. Its three decades of maturation have produced an elegant and sophisticated whisky.  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2011 Release)

Talisker 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10973) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Talisker single malt distilled in April 2008 and bottled by Douglas Laing in November 2015 having spent over 7 years in a single refill hogshead.  More info

Talisker 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10973) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 25 Year Old Sea Chest with 2x Glasses

70cl, 58.1%

A wonderful collectible piece from Talisker, this "Sea Chest" comes with a 2007 bottling of stunning 25 year old Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, a case for said whisky and two clever glasses…  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old Sea Chest with 2x Glasses

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

Bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range, this single cask Talisker single malt was allowed to mature in a single refill hogshead for 6 years, from 2008 to 2015. It was bottled with an outturn of 438…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (bottled 2015) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Talisker 2001 (bottled 2012) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

This is the award-winning 2001 vintage Talisker from the popular Distillers Edition range. It sees the peppery, peaty dram from Skye finished in top-quality Amoroso sherry casks before bottling. This…  More info

Talisker 2001 (bottled 2012) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Talisker 57° North With Bottle Flask And Two Metal Cups

70cl, 57%

This gift set of Talisker 57° North features a full bottle of the top quality cask strength Island whisky alongside a plastic bottle flask and two metal cups. While the flask does look a bit like a…  More info

Talisker 57° North With Bottle Flask And Two Metal Cups

Talisker "Young & Feisty" (casks 10227+10229) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Celebrate Spring with this bottling of Talisker single malt from the Isle of Skye, which has been described by Douglas Laing as being "Young & Feisty", perhaps one of our favourite ways to personify…  More info

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Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 10699) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of Talisker single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in winter 2008, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled in…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 10699) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 2003 (bottled 2014) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

The 2014 bottling of Talisker single malt Scotch whisky Distillers Edition, which was distilled in 2003. After the initial maturation, the Talisker Distillers Editions are given a finishing period in…  More info

Talisker 2003 (bottled 2014) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 363 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

From the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye comes this 6 year old single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range. It was distilled in 2008 and left to mature until 2014, when…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 (outturn: 363 bottles) - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled single cask Talisker, matured in a refill hogshead for 6 years. The distillery on the Isle of Skye filled the cask in 2008 and left it to age until it was opened for Hepburn's…  More info

Talisker 6 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

Talisker 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 54.6%

Famously described as being "totes amaze", this is a fabulous 35 year old Talisker from Diageo's 2012 Special Releases. It was distilled in 1977 and aged in both refill American oak and European oak…  More info

Talisker 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)
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Talisker 27 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 56.1%

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER A 27 year old Talisker distilled in 1985 and matured in refill American Oak casks, this is some serious natural cask strength single malt whisky my friend! Only 3,000…  More info

Talisker 27 Year Old 1985 (2013 Special Release)

Talisker 5 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A quite spiffy 5 year old Talisker, housed in an equally spiffy ceramic decanter! Part of Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel range. 495 bottles were produced.  More info

Talisker 5 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Talisker 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 53.1%

What a dram! Every year Diageo offer up some "special releases". These are limited edition, cask strength bottles, rare and often stunning! This Talisker is part of a release of 3,000 bottles, sure…  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)
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Talisker "Young & Feisty" (cask 9870) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Young & Feisty makes it sound like this might a dog or a rookie cop in an action movie, but in actuality it's a single cask whisky distilled Talisker, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the…  More info

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Talisker 1994 - Managers Choice

70cl, 58.6%

An incredible single cask from Talisker, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in cask 7147 before bottling in 2009. Each bottle is individually numbered.  More info

Talisker 1994 - Managers Choice
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Talisker Tumbler

A cracking tumbler from the only distillery on the Isle of Skye.  More info

Talisker Tumbler

Talisker 25 Year Old (2005 Special Release)

70cl, 57.2%

Always a highly anticipated special release from Diageo, this 25 year old Talisker was released in 2005 at cask strength, part of an outturn of 15,600 bottles.  More info

Talisker 25 Year Old (2005 Special Release)
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Talisker 1999 (bottled 2010) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

Lovely sweetness from the Amoroso sherry casks, this Talisker distillers edition is a wonderful example of the effects of peaty whisky matured in sherry casks.  More info

Talisker 1999 (bottled 2010) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Director's Tactical Selection Talisker 18 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Distilled at a super top secret distillery on Skye (an Island known for its many distilleries, and by many we mean one). This Tactical release was distilled in February 1988, and aged in refill…  More info

Director's Tactical Selection Talisker 18 Year Old 1988 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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