Talisker Distillery

Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Talisker distillery is an Island single malt Scotch whisky distillery based in Carbost — the only distillery on the Isle of Skye. The distillery is operated by United Distillers and Vintners for Diageo, and is marketed as part of their Classic Malts series.

The distillery was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, and built in 1831 at Carbost after a number of false starts on other sites when they acquired the lease of Talisker House from the MacLeod of MacLeod. The distillery was rebuilt 1880–87 and extended in 1900. It was rebuilt in 1960 after a stillhouse fire completely destroyed the distillery. The distillery operates five stills; two wash stills and three spirit stills. All the stills use worm tubs (condensing coils) rather than a modern condenser, which are believed to give the whisky a 'fuller' flavour (itself an indication of higher sugar content). During this early period, the whisky was produced using a triple distilling method, but changed to the more conventional double distilling in 1928. Talisker was acquired by Distillers Company in 1925 and is now part of Diageo. After the 1960 fire, five exact replicas of the original stills were constructed to preserve the original Talisker flavour. In 1972 the stills were converted to steam heating and the maltings floor was demolished. Talisker’s water comes from springs directly above the distillery via a network of pipes and wells.

The malted barley used in production comes from Muir of Ord. Talisker has an unusual feature—swan neck lye pipes. A loop in the pipes takes the vapour from the stills to the worm tubs so some of the alcohol already condenses before it reaches the cooler. It then runs back in to the stills and is distilled again. Talisker now has an annual output of three and a half million litres of spirit.



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Founded: 1830
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom


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Erik Paterson (2 years ago)
One of the more fancy distilleries I've been to inside. A well stocked shop and a nice display of their ethos and history inside too. I liked that they have other whiskies available in the shop as well as their own - always a nice touch!
Alex Leyn (2 years ago)
The tour and the tastings choice were great for both, either experienced Talisker drinkers or novice ones. Mike is a real rock-star of tour guidance made it in extremely informative, pleasant, interactive and funny way. Totally recommended.
David Blanco (2 years ago)
Parking was free and there was plenty of it. I booked a tour and tasting. The tour was neat. Saw the processes they do on site. Got a glimpse of the SCADA system. Very cool. There is also a shop there that has some unique bottles and items. Would do again.
CrAzY mUnNa (2 years ago)
Must visit place.. one and only oldest working Talisker distillery... In Scotland.. do visit and taste the difference between neat and very mild varying with water(crazyyy)✌️
Anita Walkowska (2 years ago)
Great to visit even when closed! The view from the distillery is stunning and makes you think of the sea that influences the taste of the whiskey. It was fun to watch the smoke coming from the chimney and imagine the whiskey in the making. It's a pity the shop was closed - so many people passing by every day, it's a missed opportunity for business to stay like this when actually it could still earn money for the distillery... We'll definitely be back!
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