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Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Carbost, Skye Scotland IV47 8SR
Tel: +44 (0) 1478 614308 / Fax: +44 (0) 1478 614302
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Talisker 175th Anniversary EditionHere, lodged far from any neighbour in the small coastal community of Carbost at the head of Loch Harport, is one of the finest yet most remote distilleries of all. It was in 1825 that came here from the smaller island of Eigg, first to bring sheep to Skye, then to bring Skye's wild spirit to the world.

Leasing Macleod land at Carbost, the MacAskills built Talisker Distillery in 1830 against the fiery protestations of the abstainer and former parish Minister, the Rev. Roderick Macleod, who declared this "one of the greatest curses that... could befall it or any other place". However, it wasn't long before their elixir was commented on more favourably, by no less a writer than Robert Louis Stevenson. These succinct lines appear in a poem which might have been subtitled "A Simple Guide to Malt Whisky" - "The king o'drinks as I conceive it, Talisker, Isla or Glenlivet" The Scotsman's Return from Abroad - RL Stevenson 1880.

Stevenson's words clearly had their own effect. The workforce quickly grew and Talisker became the successful enterprise, which it remains to this day. But not everything ran smoothly during the distillery’s history. In November 1960, a simple lapse of concentration led to the leaving open of a valve on the No. 1 spirit still, which was then still coal-fired.

When the spirit reached boiling point a disastrous overflow occurred onto the flames below and the resulting fire burned down the still-room. The distillery was rebuilt fastidiously around exact copies of the old stills. Today, its seductive malt enjoys more adherents than ever before, many of them introduced to Talisker’s™ charms by its place among the Classic Malts.

Loch Harport Food suggestion: Enjoy Talisker™ with smoked salmon, kipper fillets, grilled smoked mackerel and oysters on the half shell.

Taste style: Complex. A rich dried fruit sweetness, clouds of smoke, strong barley-malt flavours and a peppery eruption at the back of the throat.

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Talisker 10 Year Old
A wonderful award-winning Island malt bottled at above average strength with a comforting smooth afterglow.

Strength: 45.8% ABV

Appearance: Brilliant gold.

Nose: Peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, a citrus sweetness.

Body: Full.

Palate: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of pepper.

Finish: Huge, long, peppery finish with an appetising sweetness.


Talisker 18 Year Old
The first regular bottling of an older Talisker™. Time has rounded not tamed its might.

Strength: 45.8% ABV

Appearance: Amber.

Nose: Rich and fruity – Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel – with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water maritime characteristics emerge – dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.

Body: Full. Pleasant, smooth.

Palate: Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee.

Finish: Medium length. Talisker’s™ characteristic chilli ‘catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.


Talisker 175th Anniversary Edition  

A one-off bottling to commemorate Talisker's founding in 1830. A malt of striking contrasts, this scotch whisky is soft and sweet at heart, yet austere and impressive.

Strength: 45.8% ABV

Appearance: Light gold.

Body: Medium.

Palate: An immediate sweet flash of coconut soon becomes medicinal, then starts to smoulder. The smoke ignites into flame then starts to dry. Water calms this down and out come the maritime notes, alongside the embers of a now-dead wood fire.

Finish: Becomes increasingly spicy approaching the big, maritime, robust and lingering finish. When dilute, increasingly subtle and liquorous, but the smoke still drives through towards the finish.

Tasting Notes Courtesy of Talisker Distillery


Talkisker 25 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky  

Appearance: Bright olive gold.

Nose: Nose drying. Seaweed and old oranges, with smoke in the distance and some chalk.
Surprisingly fruity and juicy, although with clear Talisker identity. With water almost soapy, a waxy sweetness. Smoke still present, but now more fragrant.

Body: Firm. Slippery smooth.

Palate: Sweet and meek to start, with some acidity and saltiness. Extraordinary flavour development. Becomes dry, stony, minerally, dusty, toasty. Ground white pepper. Chillies.

Finish: Medium to long, slightly bitter, drying finish. Vegetal.

Tasting Notes by Talisker

The Talisker Distillery
Talisker Distillery

On the shores of Loch Harport, the village of Carbost is home to Skye’s only distillery producing a wonderful award-winning Island malt bottled at above average strength.

Talisker's™ soft, peaty process water is drawn from twenty-one 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.

Visitor Centre Manager: Mark Lochead

Visitor Centre Opening Times

November - March:
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Set tours at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.30pm.

April to October
Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Tours throughout the day, last tour at 4.00pm

July and August - We're also open!
Sundays: 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Tours throughout the day, last tour at 4.00pm

Tour Availability and Booking
During our busier summer months there can be a wait for tour availability on arrival at the visitor centre, as our tour sizes are limited, so advanced booking is advised if you are on a tight time schedule or if you want to tour at a specific time. We also strongly advise contacting us if you plan to arrive for the last tour as this tour can book up in advance of the 4.00pm departure time.

Winter Months
During the winter we only have 4 tours a day so to guarantee a place on one of them we again advise contacting us in advance.

Our Tours aren't Standard - they're Classic...
The adult admission charge of £5.00 for our Classic Distillery Tour includes a discount voucher, redeemable in our well-stocked distillery shop towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky, as well as a taste of our Talisker 10 year old. Children (8-17 years) are also welcome on this tour, admission charge of £2.50 (no voucher or taste). Children under 8 years are welcome in our Visitor’s Centre but are not admitted to the production areas

The Talisker Tasting Tour, for those seeking a different experience...
On selected weekdays our Talisker Tasting Tour starts at 1.45pm and includes a more in-depth tour of the distillery as well as a 5 sample nosing and tasting session of whiskies selected from our award winning Talisker range. The £15 admission charge for this tour includes a limited edition Talisker Nosing Glass for you to take away and enjoy your favourite Talisker in at home as well as discount voucher, redeemable in our well-stocked distillery shop towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky. Please contact us for more information.

Group Bookings
Large groups and coach parties are by appointment only, if you are not pre-booked you might be disappointed on arrival to find out we cant tour you or you have a long wait for tour availability so help us help you by getting in touch first.

Contact Us
Talisker Distillery
Carbost Skye
Scotland IV47 8SR
Telephone: +44 (0) 1478 614308
Fax: +44 (0) 1478 614302
E-mail: Talisker Distillery

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