Talisker
Distillery
Founded in 1830
The Talisker Distillery resides in Carbost, a village on the Isle of Skye. It is Skye's only operating distillery. This remote parcel of land sits at the Western tip of Scotland, hanging over the Atlantic Ocean.

Two brothers, Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, founded Talisker distillery in 1830. A series of false starts at other locations saw construction of the facilities delayed until 1831, when they acquired the lease of Talisker House from the MacLeod clan.

A vicious fire in 1960 ravaged the works, and the whole of Talisker was rebuilt subsequently. A bridge from the Scottish mainland opened in 1995 and visitors can now access the distillery by car.

Talisker is capable of producing between three and four million liters of spirit each year with two wash stills and three spirit. Water for the mashing arrives from the Burn am Cnoc nam Speirag—possibly the most difficult loch to pronounce there is. Talisker's malting floors were demolished in 1972.

Talisker's tall wash stills have a unique bend in the lyne arm, which refluxes heavy elements back into the still. This, in combination with low copper contact results in the sulphury, peppery flavors Talisker is admired for. The make is matured in a variety of refill and rejuvenated casks, including ex-Port for special releases.

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What does Talisker taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Talisker Scotch. It's based on all Talisker drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Talisker before actually tasting it.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
    Islands
  • Established
    1830
  • Owner
    Diageo
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    2 wash, 3 spirit
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8SR, United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1478 614308
  • Website
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When the lease was up for the land Talisker was built on in 1892, the parcel was held by clan MacLeod. Their leader negotiated for an annual payment of £23.12, and a ten-gallon cask of best-quality malt Whisky. Not a bad deal.
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Islands
There are hundreds of islands scatered arond the perimeter of the Scottish mainland, but only a handful of them - ArranMullJuraSkye and Orkney - are home to a distillery. 

Island Whiskies are tempered by saline shores, brewing storms and the purply peated moors. But when it comes to flavours, shapeshifting is an island game. Though most Island Whiskies are salted by the sea and you can find plenty of challenging drams full of maritime notes here, some are sweet and herbal.
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