Talisker

Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye in the group of the Inner Hebridian Islands. It produces a peated, very spicy Single Malt Scotch.

Information about the Distillery
140 Bottles
Scotland, Islands
-6.356738 57.302331
Active
Diageo
2 x 10,000 l
Normal
3 x 7,479 l
Normal
6 x 50,000 l
8 t
1832
1,500,000 l
Average Tasting Notes Calculated from 590 Tasting Notes
Nosing
Peat Smoke
Sweet
Seaweed
Fruit
Salt
Spices
Sherry
Vanilla
Malt
Oak
Chili
Pepper
Bonfire Smoke
Honey
Orange
Plum
Caramel
Leather
Iodine
Medicinal Smoke
Lemon
Chocolate
Alcohol
Pear
Cherry
Berries
Peach
Dried Fruit
Apple
Raisin
Oil
Heather
Hay
Grape
Tobacco
Ham
Grass
Banana
Dark Chocolate
Blackberry
Herbs
Floral
Mint
Barley
Melon
Wheat
Cinnamon
Nuts
Coffee
Green Apple
Lime
Date
Hazelnut
Ginger
Nutmeg
Grapefruit
Cheese
Tropical Fruit
Anise
Pinapple
Tasting
Peat Smoke
Pepper
Chili
Sweet
Spices
Fruit
Salt
Malt
Oak
Sherry
Seaweed
Chocolate
Oil
Vanilla
Bonfire Smoke
Alcohol
Honey
Orange
Dark Chocolate
Berries
Lemon
Leather
Dried Fruit
Apple
Heather
Barley
Grass
Iodine
Caramel
Cherry
Nuts
Medicinal Smoke
Floral
Ginger
Grape
Mint
Coffee
Wheat
Ham
Peach
Raisin
Tobacco
Nutmeg
Almonds
Clove
Cinnamon
Herbs
Plum
Hay
Banana
Green Apple
Blackberry
Date
Pear
Cake
Finish
Peat Smoke
Chili
Spices
Pepper
Sweet
Malt
Oak
Salt
Fruit
Seaweed
Chocolate
Sherry
Dark Chocolate
Tobacco
Vanilla
Leather
Coffee
Bonfire Smoke
Alcohol
Nuts
Orange
Oil
Tropical Fruit
Berries
Lemon
Heather
Hay
Medicinal Smoke
Ginger
Honey
Mint
Grass
Plum
Iodine
Nutmeg
Ham
Cherry
Peach
Cheese
Cake
Herbs
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The Whisky of the Talisker distillery is very spicy and the distillery character is often described to have a chili catch. The spicy character is most prominent in the main distillery bottling the Talisker 10 year old. There are a lot of whiskies that have been matured in Amoroso sherry casks to make the Scotch a bit milder and sweeter. The whisky is peated and has a phenol content of 20 to 25 ppm. Unfortunately most of the younger whiskies from the Talisker distillery are coloured.

The view from the street of the Talisker Distillery
The view from the street of the Talisker Distillery

The Production

The production capacity of the distillery is between three to four million liters of alcohol per year. This rose a lot over the last two decades, due to the high popularity of the Talisker Scotch whisky. The water for the distillery comes from the Burn am Cnoc nam Speireag.

The Pot Stills

The Talisker distillery has five pot stills. These are divided into two wash stills with 10,000 liters and three spirit stills with about 7,500 liters. The the three wash stills have a reflux bowl and are rather tall. The lyne arm is completely horizontal with a 90° crank at the end. The three smaller spirit stills don't have any reflux bowl or constricting piece. In addition the stills are rather short and are mainly responsible for the spicy distillery character. The alcohol fumes are condensed in the old traditional copper worm tubs. The worm tubs are still very common in the Scottish distilleries.

Some Pot Stills of the Talisker Distillery
Some Pot Stills of the Talisker Distillery

The Malting

Unfortunately the malting floors of the Talisker have been demolished in 1972. The mashtun is already made of stainless steel with a copper lid to reduce the heat dissipation.

The Warehouse

The warehouses of the distilleries are rather flat. Most of the casks are stored only two rows high. Also the the warehouses are close to or exactly next to the Atlantic ocean.

History

The excise act during the 1820s and means that the Talsiker distillery was never in the illegal whisky distilling business. In 1863 the distillery was bankrupt. Later in 1880 the distillery picked up business again and the new tenant Alexander Grigor Allan brought the distillery to new success. During the years of the second world war the distillery was closed due to a shortage of barley.

In 1960 a great disaster struck when the still-house burned down. It was rebuilt and opened in 1962. During the year of 1972 the distillery was renovated and modernized. The malting floors were closed and the stills were changed to steam heating that replaced the old coal heating. During the 1990s and the turn of the millennium the Talisker Scotch became more famous and the annual output of the distillery was increased from 1.5 million liters of alcohol to the present 3.5 million liters.

A old visitor´s book from 1900 of the Talisker Distillery.
A old visitor´s book from 1900 of the Talisker Distillery.

The Visitor Center

The shops and the visitor center is very nice and informative. There are three distillery tours. The top tour includes a extensive tasting and include a full tour through the distillery. Since 1995 there is a bridge to the Scottish mainland and allows the people to visit the distillery by car.

Chronological rating history

User Notes about the Distillery

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Stig
Stig
12. Mar. 2016
Well hello there,

funny thing, almost to the date, when the above Pictures where taken, my girlfrind and I where at Talisker destillery, as part of a round trip to Scotland, celebrating my 50th birthday.

It was a great visit to Talisker and well worth visiting. They have a guided tour through the distilliry. A Word of warning though, if your English is not your "second" language as it is for me and most of my Fellow danes, you will have to be on your toes. The guide we had was a sweet Young girl with a scottish accent so thick, you could cut it with a knife :-)

At the end of the tour there is a tasting venue. I and they have a substantial gift and whisky shop. As with most of distillries your best of buying your Talisker at your local whisky shop. Though keep an eye out for those special on location only whiskies.

When you have finished the tour, or before you visit the distilery, walk or drive around the distiliry up the road. If you like oysters there is a Little place located in a barn selling fish and fresh cought oysters from around the bay at the end of the road.

Stig (Denmark)
Top 5 rated Talisker whiskies
Original bottling - Distillers Edition (Diageo)
Original bottling - Distillers Edition (Diageo)
Original bottling - Distillers Edition (Diageo)
Original bottling - Distillers Edition (Diageo)
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