Founded in 1830 on Loch Harport, Talisker was sold to businessman Donald MacLellan in 1857, but began to develop a reputation when Alexander Grigor Allan from Morayshire and Aberdeen agent Roderick Kemp took over in 1880. A merger with Dailuaine distillery, owned by Thomas Mackenzie in 1898 made Talisker one of the largest selling malt whiskies in the country. The wash stills were rebuilt after a fire in 1960, and a copper mash tun and new worm tubs were installed in 1998. In 2011, a limited edition 34 Year Old was released.
Although it’s the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker has a subtle peat flavour that’s the link to other island malts. And because its water has been sourced from underground springs in the neighbouring Cnoc nan Speireag hill, Talisker has a purity and freshness behind the huge spice and peppery notes.
How to Enjoy
The warm, subtle smokiness of Talisker 10 Year Old makes it perfect sampled neat. A drop of water opens out the seawater saltiness, while serving the whisky over ice can enhance subtle sweet citrus flavours. New Talisker Storm is delicious with a drop of water to broaden its salty maritime flavours. Sip Talisker neat to enjoy the subtle red fruit flavours that come from being matured in oak casks that previously contained port. Talisker Distillers Edition is ideal served with a drop of water, or over ice, to draw out the tantalising sherry notes.
Don’t snub good old H20. Stay refreshed by drinking water between drinks.