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Brief Story of Talisker Distillery

Talisker Distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in Carbost, Scotland, on the Minginish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. After numerous failed attempts, Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill founded the distillery in 1830. It opened in Carbost in 1831 after gaining the lease of Talisker House from Clan MacLeod.

The distillery was rebuilt between 1880 and 1887, and then expanded in 1900. In 1892, the chief of Clan MacLeod agreed to a new lease for the distillery in exchange for an annual payment of £23.12s (equivalent to £2,473 in 2016) and a ten-gallon cask of Talisker of the highest grade.

After a stillhouse fire entirely destroyed the distillery in 1960, the plant was rebuilt. There are five stills at the distillery: two wash stills and three spirit stills. Rather than a modern condenser, all of the stills use worm tubs (condensing coils), which are thought to give the whisky a "fuller" flavor (itself an indication of higher sugar content).

The whisky was originally made using a triple distillation method, but in 1928, it was switched to a more traditional double distillation method. Distillers Company bought Talisker in 1925, and it is now owned by Diageo. Following the fire in 1960, five precise reproductions of the original stills were built to retain the Talisker flavor. The stills were converted to steam heating in 1972, and the maltings floor was torn down. Talisker's water originates from a network of pipes and wells that run immediately above the distillery.

Muir of Ord provides the malted barley required in the manufacturing. Talisker is distinguished by its swan neck lye pipes. Because the vapour from the stills is routed around a loop in the pipes to the worm tubs, part of the alcohol condenses before it reaches the cooler. It then returns to the stills to be distilled once more. Talisker presently produces three and a half million gallons of spirit each year.

Robert Louis Stevenson and HV Morton were both fans of Talisker whisky. "The king o' drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Islay, or Glenlivet," Stevenson wrote in his poem "The Scotsman's Return From Abroad."

Talisker came under scrutiny in early 2020 after a radiocarbon investigation revealed that Talisker 1863 whisky was made much later, possibly between 1957 and 1958 or 2007 and 2014.

Why is it a great choice?

The spirit is often aged in American oak barrels. The malt is peated to a phenol content of 18–22 parts per million (ppm), which is considered medium peating. Furthermore, the water utilized for manufacturing, which comes from Cnoc nan Speireag (Hawk Hill), flows over peat, adding to the whisky's richness. Talisker makes a variety of single malt whiskey to suit a variety of preferences and types.

The Talisker family has a smokey, peated flavor. The peat burned during the malting process gives this flavor. Soft fruits and cereal notes can be found beneath the smoke, with a rich vanilla note imbued by the ageing process in the older expressions. Talisker neat allows guests to completely appreciate and enjoy Talisker whisky in all its glory.

Time to chug it up. Talisker Distillery still has a lot of quality and flavorsome products being produced. If you're curious about the other products of the brand, you can purchase them here in our shop and get the opportunity to taste them. Add it to the cart and buy it online now!

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