Talisker Distillery: A Scottish Stalwart
Set on the shores of Loch Harport in the village of Carbost, Talisker distillery is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. It was founded in 1830 and built a year later, after Kenneth and Hugh MacAskill acquired the lease of Talisker House. The distillery produced the finest of single malt scotch whisky and was extended in 1900. But on 22nd November, 1960, a fire completely destroyed their still-house. It took another two years to rebuild the distillery with exact replicas of the previous five copper pot stills to preserve the essence of the original Talisker.
Talisker Distillery matures most of its spirits in American oak casks. However, the Talisker Distillers Editions are matured longer, with a finishing period in amoroso sherry casks. This gives a rich sherried note to the single malt, and is distinctly different from other smoky, spicy whiskies that the distillery offers. The malted barley they use comes from Muir of Ord. The water used in production comes from the Burn of Cnocnam Speireag and is known to add salty, peaty notes to their scotch.
Perched in the Inner Hebridean Scottish Isles, Skye is a place of extremes. Windswept rugged peaks of the Cuillin, and the gentle shores of the sea, the distillery tries to capture this contradiction in their scotch whisky. Talisker invites people from all across the globe to visit their distillery, witness their traditional pot stills, and the worm tubs that they believe make Talisker unique. Conducting several tours a day, all year round, Talisker wants the world to not just understand their craft but their homeland too.
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