Skye, Scotland: Highland Region

Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, off the west coast of Scotland. It is situated in a small, remote Gaelic-speaking community, in the heart of Clan Macleod territory.

More than half of the distillery employees are in fact Macleods. I wonder what their ancestor, the Reverend Roderick Macleod would think of them aiding and abetting the manufacture of the demon drink. The good Reverend, a staunch teetotaller, was apparently most vocal when the distillery was built in 1830 by the Macaskill brothers, calling it “one of the greatest curses” to befall Skye.

Luckily, the Reverend didn’t get his way, and production at the distillery commenced, to the delight of many, including the esteemed Robert Louis Stevenson. In his 1880 poem, The Scotsman’s Return From Abroad, he calls Talisker (along with Islay and Glenlivet) “the king o’ drinks”. Amen to that.

Today, the whisky is one of Diageo’s Classic Malts. It is not quite as strongly medicinal and seaweedy as the whiskies produced on Islay just to the south, but as an island malt, the sea does play a part in its flavour. It is peaty and smoky, with a spicy peppery kick.

General Tasting Notes

Talisker Whisky Distillery Tasting Notes

Talisker Whisky Distillery Tasting Notes

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Distillery Contact Information

Address: Carbost, Isle of Skye, IV47 8SR


Tel: +44 (0)1478 61 4308

Fax: +44 (0)1478 61 4302

Tours: Year round, with limited opening hours in winter and closures over the festive period.

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