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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 10 Year Old

70cl, 45.8%

A classic Island dram 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
303
$40.43

Talisker 10 Year Old Campfire Hot Chocolate Kit

20cl, 45.8%

The perfect winter warmer here from Talisker, this nifty kit has everything you need to make the perfect boozy hot chocolate (minus the milk and water - you'll have to provide that yourself)! You'll…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old Campfire Hot Chocolate Kit
$24.34

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
$55.39

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
54
$84.22

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)
$2,217.75

Talisker 8 Year Old 2010 (cask 13454) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A gorgeous Talisker from Douglas Laing's Old Particular series, distilled in 2010. It spent just under a decade in a single refill hogshead until it was bottled at eight years old. Just 383 bottles…  More info

Talisker 8 Year Old 2010 (cask 13454)  - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$88.66

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)
$99.75

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
143
$44.08

Director's Tactical Selection Talisker 10 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A very special single cask Douglas Laing bottling from a super secret distillery on Skye. We can't tell you which distillery it is though, but it's one that's on Skye, the Isle of Skye, shhh! This…  More info

Director's Tactical Selection Talisker 10 Year Old 1999 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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)

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Talisker 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.8%

Could your Christmas Tree use a helping of coastal deliciousness? Of course it could. Rather than sticking it in the ocean for a few minutes and bringing it back inside your home covered in seaweed…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Bauble - Talisker 10 Year Old
$6.09

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Talisker 10 Year Old

3cl, 45.8%

A single Drinks by the Dram Christmas Cracker containing a wax-sealed 30ml dram of frankly fantastic single malt Scotch whisky - Talisker 10 Year Old! Exactly the kind of tipple that'll round off a…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Single Cracker - Talisker 10 Year Old
$4.98

House Greyjoy & Talisker Select Reserve - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection

70cl, 45.8%

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the licensing agreement, we're unable to sell this particular whisky to customers in certain countries. Hit 'Read more' below for the full list we can send to: Read more…  More info

House Greyjoy & Talisker Select Reserve - Game of Thrones Single Malts Collection
3
$53.17

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 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 45.8%

This gift set features a full bottle of Talikser 10 Year Old, a well-loved favourite from the Isle of Skye, and two Talisker glasses with round bases which won't tumble over when drinking whisky…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

Talisker 10 Year Old - Map Label

70cl, 45.8%

A very old, and very rare bottle of Talisker 10, bottled way back when they had maps on the labels. A collector's item for sure…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old - Map Label
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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 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 10 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

20cl, 45.8%

A 20cl bottle the wonderful Talisker 10 with a pair of branded tasting glasses in a handsome presentation case. Talisker produce a truly volcanic Island single malt.  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old with 2x Tasting Glasses

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 (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 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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$124.75

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 175th Anniversary

70cl, 45.8%

This was released to commemorate Talisker's 175th Birthday in 2005. This is part of a release of 60,000 bottles, crafted by Diageo's Maureen Robinson. This special anniversary edition contains…  More info

Talisker 175th Anniversary
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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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