Talisker

The Isle of Skye's only single malt, and one that is loved all over the world for its maritime character. On the shores of Loch Harport, the village of Carbost is home to Skye’s only distillery producing a wonderfully powerful and award-winning Island malt bottled at above average strength.

Talisker's soft, peaty process water is drawn from 21 underground springs that rise from Hawk Hill (Cnoc nan Speirag) beside the distillery. These same springs have fed Talisker from the beginning. As its name suggests, the hill is home to birds of prey, usually including Peregrines.

Today, 20,000 gallons an hour of cooling water from the fast-running Carbost Burn fill a traditional Talisker feature – five wooden worm tubs, located outside the still house. Talisker's two wash stills, carefully recreated after the 1960 fire, are unique. The lye pipes leading off from the main neck are U-shaped, to trap vapours from the first distillation before they reach the outside worm tubs, whilst a small secondary copper pipe carries the vapours so trapped back to the wash stills for a second distillation.

Faithfully following the original design, it is believed that this double distillation ensures that all of Talisker’s rich, deep character is captured first time. So there is, indeed, nothing withdrawn or reserved about Talisker – a fact confirmed for visitors whose first experience before they take the distillery tour, is a taste of the malt itself.

Talisker embodies all the spirit of this rocky, storm-lashed island and its strong, steadfast people. Skye's only distillery this may be, but like the men of the island the malt has character enough for ten.

Talisker 1982 14 Year Old '14.7' SMWS 62.70% 70cl
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Talisker 1986 'The Distillers Edition' 45.80% 70cl
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Talisker 1989 20 Year Old '14.17 – Earth Shaking and Eye Watering' SMWS 57.20% 70cl £780.00 GBP
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Talisker 1975 25 Year Old 59.90% 70cl £950.00 GBP
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Talisker 1981 20 Year Old 62.00% 70cl £2,150.00 GBP
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Talisker 1953 24 Year Old 'Connoisseurs Choice' Gordon & MacPhail 43.00% 75cl £2,650.00 GBP
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Talisker 1952 21 Year 'Connoisseurs Choice' Old Gordon & MacPhail 43.00% 75cl £2,500.00 GBP
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Talisker 1951 21 Year Old 'Connoisseurs Choice' Gordon & MacPhail 43.00% 75cl £2,500.00 GBP
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Talisker Classic Malts Selection 53.90% 70cl £300.00 GBP
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Talisker 10 Year Old 45.80% 70cl £550.00 GBP
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Talisker 1955 Gordon & MacPhail 40.00% 70cl £2,500.00 GBP
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Talisker 1973 28 Year Old Single Cask Oddbins' Exclusive 43.30% 70cl £4,500.00 GBP
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Talisker 10 Year Old 45.80% 70cl
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Talisker 1956 Gordon & MacPhail 40.00% 75cl £1,800.00 GBP
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