Talisker Island Whisky Distillery
Brothers Kenneth and Hugh MacAskill founded the Talisker distillery in 1830 and really just viewed it as a bit of extra cash to support their farming business. At the time the Isle of Skye was deeply religious (some say still is) and the local minister commented it was ‘one of the greatest curses that could befall it or any other place’. It wasn’t until later in the 19th century that Talisker was been taken seriously as a good quality single malt whisky. Talisker distillery is located on one of Scotland’s largest islands of the west coast called Skye. The picturesque village of Carbost on the shores of Loch Harport is a fitting home for any Scottish Whisky Distillery. The water supply comes from the springs on Hawk Hill and run into ‘Cnoc nan Speirag’ (Carbost burn). The name was given due to the amount of birds of prey in the area. So if you like whisky and bird spotting then a visit to Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye is essential.
Talisker really shot to fame after the acclaimed author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about Talisker in his book The Scotsman’s Return from Abroad where he wrote the words ‘The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Islay or Glenlivit’. Although this book never reached the dizzy heights of Treasure Island or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde it did have a big impact on the Skye Distillery. The whisky from this Isle of Skye distillery was suddenly in great demand. The distillery has been running since 1830 with just short closures for World War 2 and a fire in 1960.
After the fire the employee’s worked tirelessly to create an exact replica with the unique wash stills which had U shaped lye pipes coming off the main neck to trap vapours and then a small secondary copper pipe to carry the vapours back to the wash stills for 2nd distillation.
The malt whisky produced at Talisker has is being used in Diageo’s Johnnie Walker and Whitehorse blends but the single malt is now highly regarded. Part of Diageo’s Classic Malt whisky series this now one of the best-selling malt whiskies in the world.
Taste: The most popular 10 year old is smoky and peppery with a strong hint of sea.