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Talisker Whisky

Talisker is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye, enjoying a long and very successful history. Talisker 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 Talisker 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 Talisker 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 Talisker 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 Talisker distillery was completely rebuilt meticulously according to 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 Talisker 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.

Talisker's annual output ranks at almost three and half million litres of unmistakable Scotch whisky. That's plenty enough to go around, so why not see what takes your fancy below?

Talisker 11 Year Old (Special Release 2022)

70cl, 55.1%

This tremendous Talisker joins Diageo's 2022 Special Release lineup following 11 years of maturing in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Deliciously sweet and fruit-forward, with all the classic layers of…  More info

Talisker 11 Year Old (Special Release 2022)
£109.84

Talisker 2011 (bottled 2021) Amaroso Cask Finish – Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

The Talisker Distillers Edition bottlings are marvellous indeed. Delicious single malt from Skye, finished in Amaroso sherry casks? Yes please! This particular release was distilled back in 2011 and…  More info

Talisker 2011 (bottled 2021) Amaroso Cask Finish – Distillers Edition
£62.74

Talisker 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

A classic Island whisky 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
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£43.95
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Talisker 18 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

From the Isle of Skye comes this Talisker single malt, which has spent 18 years in casks which previously held bourbon and sherry. A sweet and smoky malt, a must have for any Talisker fan. If you…  More info

Talisker 18 Year Old
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£174.84
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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
152
£42.90

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)
£2,000

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
176
£40.90
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Talisker 10 Year Old with Waterproof Dry Bag

70cl, 45.8%

Should you wish to keep this bottle of Talisker 10 Year Old completely dry wherever you may be, you're in luck because it also comes accompanied by a branded reusable dry bag! Whether you're on the…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old with Waterproof Dry Bag
£55.94

Talisker 12 Year Old 2009 (cask 15638) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A single malt Scotch whisky from the terrific Talisker Distillery, independently bottled up by Douglas Laing. This one spent 12 years maturing in a single refill hogshead, from 2009 t0 2022, and then…  More info

Talisker 12 Year Old  2009 (cask 15638) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
£125

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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£450

Talisker 43 Year Old - Xpedition Oak

70cl, 49.7%

Here's something really special from the tremendous Talisker on the isle of Skye. It's the distillery's oldest release to date! Talisker 43 Year Old Xpedition Oak is a phenomenally well-aged single…  More info

Talisker 43 Year Old - Xpedition Oak
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£3,500

Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series 2

70cl, 50.7%

An exciting and exceptional bottling from Talisker, this is the second release in the Bodega series from the Island distillery. It was distilled all the way back in 1978, when Bee Gees Night Fever…  More info

Talisker 41 Year Old 1978 Bodega Series 2
£2,800
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Talisker 30 Year Old (2012 Release)

70cl, 45.8%

A 2012 bottle of Talisker 30 Year Old, this one is number 2,075, from a total release of 3,186 bottles. The powerful character of Talisker's single malt remains, but gently mellows with age, with…  More info

Talisker 30 Year Old (2012 Release)
£1,200

Talisker 10 Year Old 5cl with Mug

5cl, 45.8%

A treat from the Isle of Skye, this charming little gift set includes a 50ml miniature of Talisker 10 Year Old single malt, accompanied by a branded enamel mug. A perfect pressie to warm up a Scotch…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old 5cl with Mug
£10

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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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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£51.95
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Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2021)

70cl, 59.7%

One of the superb selection of whiskies from Diageo's 2021 Special Releases, this expression is a Talisker single malt which has matured for eight years. It's a bold and vibrant expression, having…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2021)
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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 44 Year Old - Forests of the Deep

70cl, 49.1%

Following on from Talisker's 43 year old Xpedition Oak, this exceptional expression is a 44 year old single malt dubbed Forests of the Deep! Not only is it impressively old indeed (44 years!), this…  More info

Talisker 44 Year Old - Forests of the Deep

Talisker 1993 (bottled 2007) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 45.8%

A vintage release from the Talisker distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1993 and finished in Amoroso sherry casks. A great example from Diageo's range of distillers editions. This bottle…  More info

Talisker 1993 (bottled 2007) Amoroso Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

70cl, 57.9%

A fantastic Talisker here, released as part of Diageo's 2020 Special Releases! This 8 year old expression was aged in ex-pot still Caribbean rum casks - a first for the distillery! The result is…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
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£89.95
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Talisker 30 Year Old

70cl, 48.5%

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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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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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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Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release 2019)

70cl, 57.3%

From Diageo's Special Release 2019 series comes a particularly marvellous 15 year old Talisker! Matured in freshly charred American oak hogsheads, it's got spice, sweetness, smoke and sea breeze…  More info

Talisker 15 Year Old (Special Release 2019)
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