Talisker Whisky is a single malt scotch whiskey that is produced and distilled by the Talisker Distillery, Carbost Scotland. It is the solo distillery located on the Isle of Skye. Operated by the United Distillers and Vitners for Diageo, it is an exclusive right for the marketers of the Classic Malts series. It is known as a premium whisky among whisky drinkers. It can be referred to as whisky, Scottish whisky or just scotch, gaining the name as only whiskies produced in Scotland have rights to.
Talisker Whisky was founded by High and Kenneth MacAskill in 1830, and began production after being built at Carbost in 1831. Although originally built in 1880-1887, it was expanded in 1900 and then again in 1960 after it sustained considerable damage from a fire. It uses a different production than standard distilleries, operating five stills that use worm tubs (condensing coils), rather than modern condensers used by their competitors, which is what is attributed for its “fuller” flavor.
The malted barley which is a main ingredient for Talisker Whisky comes from the Muir of Ord. Like the condensing coils, another piece of production that sets it apart is the features of a swan neck lye pipes. It is a loop that is in the pipes which causes the alcohol to be distilled twice.
Talisker Whisky has been described as being complex with a rich dried fruit sweetness. With a cloudy taste of smoke and strong barley malt combination it has a peppery burst that is said to covet the back of the throat.
There 10 year old whisky is an award winning spirit described as having an Island malt bottled at above average strength. The following are characteristics of its taste:
- 45.8% ABV strength
- A brilliant gold appearance
- Peat-smoke with the saltiness of sea-water, a citrus sweetness and the liquor of fresh oysters nose
- Full body
- A rich dried-fruit sweetness with a smokey overtone and a very intense barley-malt flavor that lends to the peppery nature in the back of the throat palate
- An appetizing sweetness with a long peppery finish
Known as a premium malt scotch whisky, Talisker Whisky has a unique and traditional taste and quality that sets it apart from other whiskies in its class. It is the perfect drink to accompany seafood, as it has its own version and hints of the sea with a saltiness that comes from the ocean. It is an award winning spirit that has a soft peaty water process that is drawn from 21 underground springs that rise from the grounds around the distillery. They are the same springs that supplied it from its inception.
Adhering to the tradition that began this distillery, there is still a double distillation process that is said to be the reason for its rich, deep character. Still maintaining its character, it remains lodged far away from civilization in one of the most remote distilleries of the Skye’s Island.