It was started in 1843 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill from Eigg. Hugh was a tacksman (senior tenant farmer, who leased land to others) and acquired the lease of Talisker House and estate of Macleod of Macleod. After the brothers' deaths the distillery was eventually acquired by a partnership between Grigor Allan, Procurator Fiscal of Morayshire, and Roderick Kemp, a wine and spirits merchant, and substantial sums of money were invested in rebuilding and refitting the distillery. By this time the whisky was gaining a reputation for itself. Robert Louis Stevenson mentioned it in a poem, 'The Scotsman's Return from Abroad' in 1880.
Talisker, the Golden Spirit of Skye, is a turbulent
Gaelic malt ; the only single malt from a spectacularly beautiful island of wild
moorlands and dramatic mountain peaks. Sip Talisker and savor the bold marine
influences of the Island of Skye. Talisker merged with Dailuaine to form the Daluaine-Talisker Distilleries Ltd. This company extended the premises at Talisker, built a pier, a tramway to link it to the distillery and houses to accomodate the employees and excise officer.
In 1925 through a previous merger with some of the founding memders of the 'big five' the distillery became fully owned by United Distillers. The distillery was partly rebuilt in 1960 after a fire and its own floor maltings were demolished in 1972. One of the original features of the distillery is the presence of traditional condensers.
Single Malt Scotch 10 Year
Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, a
citrus sweetness. Full-bodied, with a rich dried-fruit sweetness, clouds of
smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, the palate is warming and intense.
Color: deep gold;
Nose: slightly sweet, phenolic and sea loch - a big island aroma;
Body: full, well-balanced and round;
Palate: a robust, smooth balance of smoke, salt, spices, malt and wood;
Finish: long and deep. Peppery, peaty and salty, with a profound Hebridean depth
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Single Malt Scotch 18 Year
Rich, sweet fruit on the nose introduces gradually smokier, more maritime aromas that devotees will swiftly
recognize. Full-bodied, this pleasingly smooth expression opens sweetly on the palate, then becomes more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. It has an
unmistakable, richly warming finish, more subtle here than in the 10 year old.
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