Distillery Focus: Talisker

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Until the opening of Torabhaig in 2017, Talisker was the only distillery located on the Isle of Skye.

Talisker distillery was established in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, after raising over £3,000 to build it. The distillery was named after MacAskill’s estate, Talisker. However, in 1879, the distillery was purchased by a firm called R. Kemp & Co.

Talisker's signature flavour to their whisky can only be described as spicy with hints of chilli, which is very apparent in their primary bottling, the Talisker 10-year-old.

Location: Scotland
Region: Islands
Founded: 1830
Status: Active
Distillery Output: 2,600,000l


Talisker Distillery is an island single malt Scotch whisky distillery based in Carbost, Scotland on the Minginish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

Throughout its time since being founded, Talisker has been through some hardships. Prior to the distillery being purchased in 1879, it went bankrupt in 1863. Although, following the takeover in 1879, Alexander Grigor Allan contributed to the newfound success of the distillery. At the time of world war II, the distillery had to close due to a barley shortage.

Fast forward a little over a decade and the still-house had burned down, in 1960, but was rebuilt and ready for use again in 1962. Towards the start of the new millennium, Taliskers Scotch garnered massive popularity and the distillery output more than doubled from 1.5 million litres to 3.5 million litres.

Talisker distillery currently has 5 stills, 2 wash stills and 3 spirit stills. These 2 wash stills hold up to 10,000 litres in capacity. The 2  spirit stills hold up to 7,500 litres in capacity.

The warehouses at Talisker primarily store only two rows worth of casks and are located either near or next to the Atlantic ocean.


  • Talisker 10 Year Old
  • Talisker Skye
  • Talisker Storm
  • Talisker Dark Storm
  • Talisker 18-Year-Old
  • Talisker 25-Year-Old
  • Talisker 30-Year-Old
  • Talisker Distiller's edition
  • Talisker 57° North
  • Talisker Port Ruighe
  • Talisker Neist Point
  • Talisker 8-Year-Old Cask Strength

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