Talisker fortæller om sit hjemlands barske, forblæste skønhed ved det vilde hav på Isle of Skye. Den kraftfulde whisky er siden 1830 tilbedt af mange for sin havsalte næse, den tørvede, røgede karakter og pebrede eftersmag. Taliskers maritime tilknytning har ledt til tætte forbindelser til udfordringer på vandet, herunder verdens hårdeste roløb, Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, hvor besætninger fra hele verden i december 2013 ror fra De Kanariske Øer til Antigua. Talisker 10 år og Talisker Storm distribueres bredt, mens Talisker 18 år, Talisker Distillers Edition og mere begrænsede og ældre varianter findes i specialforretninger.
The Cuillins are the the dramatic hills of Skye, the island home of Talisker. The distillery is on the exposed west coast of the island, on the seaweedy shores of Loch Harport. The distillery was founded in 1830 by two doctor's sons, Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill. After a number of false starts on other sites, the distillery was established in 1831 at Carbost and expanded in 1900 at which point it had its own pier, tramway and tied cottages. It even had its own currency, denominated in days worked. It switched to double distillation in 1928 and was partly rebuilt in 1960 after a fire. It still retains the tradition of using wooden fermentation vats or washbacks. Water for the process comes from Hawk Hill, beside the distillery. The distillery has five stills (a relic from the days when all Talisker whisky went through triple distillation) and the wash stills are unusual in having U-shaped lye pipes to take the vapour. A small secondary pipe recycles some of the vapour back to the still. The wooden tubs for the condensors ('worms') are outside the building and survived the fire in 1960 courtesy of a last-minute change in the wind.
Diageo Highlands (Skye)
Founded: Status: Visitor centre:
1830 Active (vc) 2 600 000 litres
Address: Carbost, Isle of Skye,
Inverness-shire IV47 8SR
01478 614308 (vc) www.taliskerwhisky.com
1830 – Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, sons of the local doctor, found the distillery.
1848 – The brothers transfer the lease to North of Scotland Bank and Jack Westland from the bank runs the operations.
1854 – Kenneth MacAskill dies.
1857 – North of Scotland Bank sells the distillery to Donald MacLennan for £500.
1863 – MacLennan experiences difficulties in making operations viable and puts the distillery up for sale.
1865 – MacLennan, still working at the distillery, nominates John Anderson as agent in Glasgow.
1867 – Anderson & Co. from Glasgow takes over.
1879 – John Anderson is imprisoned after having sold non-existing casks of whisky.
1880 – New owners are now Alexander Grigor Allan and Roderick Kemp.
1892 – Kemp sells his share and buys Macallan Distillery instead.
1894 – The Talisker Distillery Ltd is founded.
1895 – Allan dies and Thomas Mackenzie, who has been his partner, takes over.
1898 – Talisker Distillery merges with Dailuaine-Glenlivet Distillers and Imperial Distillers to form Dailuaine-Talisker Distillers Company.
1916 – Thomas Mackenzie dies and the distillery is taken over by a consortium consisting of, among others, John Walker, John Dewar, W. P. Lowrie and Distillers Company Limited (DCL).
1928 – The distillery abandons triple distillation.
1930 – Administration of the distillery is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
1960 – On 22nd November the distillery catches fire and substantial damage occurs.
1962 – The distillery reopens after the fire with five new identical copies of the destroyed stills.
1972 – Malting ceases and malt is now purchased from Glen Ord Central Maltings.
1988 – United Distillers introduce Classic Malts, Talisker 10 years included. A visitor centre is opened.
1998 – A new stainless steel/copper mash tun and five new worm tubs are installed. Talisker is launched as a Distillers Edition with an amoroso sherry finish.
2004 – Two new bottlings appear, an 18 year old and a 25 year old.
2005 – To celebrate the 175th birthday of the distillery, Talisker 175th Anniversary is released. The third edition of the 25 year old cask strength is released.
2006 – A 30 year old and the fourth edition of the 25 year old are released.
2007 – The second edition of the 30 year old and the fifth edition of the 25 year old are released.
2008 – Talisker 57O North, sixth edition of the 25 year old and third edition of the 30 year old are launched.
2009 – New editions of the 25 and 30 year old are released.
2010 – A 1994 Manager´s Choice single cask and a new edition of the 30 year old are released.
2011 – Three limited releases - 25, 30 and 34 year old.
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