Talisker

Location and contact details

Location" Location: Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye, IV47 8SR
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre, but booking recommended
Co-ordinates" Co-ordinates: 57.300968, -6.352443
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0) 1478 614 308
Email" Email: talisker[at]diageo.com
Web" Web: https://www.discovering-distilleries.com/talisker/
Twitter" Twitter: Talisker (@TaliskerWhisky)

Facts and figures

LocationTalisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye, IV47 8SR
Founded1830
OwnerDiageo
Water SourceCarbost/Cnoc nan Sopeireag (Haw Hill)

Opening Hours

January – March

  • Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • Tours: 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.30pm
  • Silent Season: No tours will be available between 10 February 2016 and 7 March 2016. The Visitor Centre and Shop will be open during this time and we would love to welcome you for a chat and a dram.

April – May

  • Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
  • Tours throughout the day, last tour at 4pm

June

  • Monday – Saturday: 9.30am -5.00pm Sundays: 11.00am – 5.00pm
    • Tours throughout the day, last tour at 4pm

July – August

  • Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm Saturdays: 9.30am – 5.00pm Sundays: 11.00am – 5.00pm
    • Tours all day, last tour 1 hour before closing

September

  • Monday – Saturday: 9.30am -5.00pm Sundays: 11.00am – 5.00pm
    • Tours throughout the day, last tour at 4pm

October

  • Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
    • Tours throughout the day, last tour at 4pm

November – December

  • Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.30pm
    • Tours: 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.30pm
Christmas & New Year Closed 23rd & 26th December 2016 & 2nd January 2017.

Tours

Talisker Classic Distillery Tour

Adults: £8.00/ Children: (8-17) £3.00 The adult admission charge includes a discount voucher redeemable in our distillery shop towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky, as well as the opportunity to taste of our award winning Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes. Adults: £20.00 A bolt-on tasting for those who want to experience some extra expressions of Talisker in a less formal setting or don’t have time to enjoy the full Tasting Tour. This tour will be run at noon on weekdays and will take approximately 1.5 hours. Included in the price is a discount voucher redeemable in the Distillery Shop against any 70cl bottle of Single Malt Whisky.

Talisker Tasting Tour

Adults: £35.00 This is an in depth tour of the Distillery followed by a tutored Tasting of 5 expressions of Talisker. Included in the price is a discount voucher redeemable in the Distillery Shop against any 70cl bottle of Single Malt Whisky and a complimentary nosing glass. The tour takes approximately 2 hours and will normally be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 1.30pm. from April until October (please enquire outwith these months)

Group Bookings

Large groups and coach parties are by appointment only, if you are not pre-booked you might be disappointed on arrival to find out we can’t tour you or you have a long wait for tour availability so help us help you by getting in touch first.

Silent Season

No tours will be available between 10 February 2016 and 7 March 2016. The Visitor Centre and Shop will be open during this time and we would love to welcome you for a chat and a dram.

History

Talisker is one of Diageo's Classic Malts.

Talisker distillery is an {Cpl]Island[/Cpl] single malt Scotch whisky distillery based in Carbost, Scotland—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 brand is sold as a premium whisky.

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. When a new lease for the distillery was negotiated with the chief of Clan MacLeod in 1892 the annual payment was to be £23.12s and a ten-gallon cask of best-quality Talisker. 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.

Talisker was the favourite whisky of writers Robert Louis Stevenson and HV Morton. In his poem "The Scotsman's Return From Abroad", Stevenson mentioned "The king o' drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Islay, or Glenlivet."
Information correct as of 06/05/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Talisker Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *