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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 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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$318.78

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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$102.43
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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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$57.73
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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
328
$45.83
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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
146
$44.41

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
153
$45.61
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Talisker 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 14410) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

A single cask Talisker here, distilled in November 2009 and filled into a refill hogshead. There it rested for the following decade, until Douglas Laing bottled it in October 2020 at 10 years old for…  More info

Talisker 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 14410) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$125.26

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
$23.86

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
$56.89

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
$3,985.48

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
$3,302.26

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)
$2,277.42

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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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$86.48

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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