“The Wilds of Skye meet the Warmth of Spain”
Standing on the shores of Loch Harport, in the remote town of Carbost, lays Talisker Distillery. The longest running distillery on the Ilse of Skye, founded in 1831, produces a spirit that has the ability to completely encapsulate a sense of place and convey this message to all who taste it, a phenomenon known in the wine industry as “Terroir”.
When the distillery was originally proposed by brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill it initially faced fiery protests from the local parish Minister, who declared it “one of the greatest curses that could befall it or any other place”. Proving to be anything but a curse, Talisker’s reputation continued to prosper and soon became a favourite of many, including famed Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson, who called it “The King O’Drinks”
Released as part of Diageos classic malt range in 1989, Talisker has continued to go from strength to strength, and their latest release, the Talisker 40 year old “Bodega Series” marks another milestone in the history of the distillery: The Talisker 40 is the oldest available release from the distillery and is aged in refill American oak barrels before being finished in amontillado sherry casks from famed sherry producer Delgado Zuleta. Bringing just a touch of “the warmth of Spain” added to “the wildness of Skye.