On the shores of Loch Harport, the village of Carbost is home to SkyeХs only distillery producing a wonderfully powerful and award-winning Island malt bottled at above average strength. Talisker's soft, peaty process water is drawn from 21 underground springs that rise from Hawk Hill (Cnoc nan Speirag) beside the distillery. These same springs have fed Talisker from the beginning.
As its name suggests, the hill is home to birds of prey, usually including Peregrines. Today, 20,000 gallons an hour of cooling water from the fast-running Carbost Burn fill a traditional Talisker feature Р five wooden worm tubs, located outside the still house. Talisker's two wash stills, carefully recreated after a still house fine in 1960 which gutted the distillery, are unique. The lye pipes leading off from the main neck are U-shaped, to trap vapours from the first distillation before they reach the outside worm tubs, whilst a small secondary copper pipe carries the vapours so trapped back to the wash stills for a second distillation. Faithfully following the original design, it is believed that this double distillation ensures that all of Talisker's rich, deep character is captured first time. So there is, indeed, nothing withdrawn or reserved about Talisker Р a fact confirmed for visitors whose first experience before they take the distillery tour, is a taste of the malt itself. Talisker embodies all the spirit of this rocky, storm-lashed island and its strong, steadfast people. Skye's only distillery this may be, but like the men of the island the malt has character enough for ten.
The 2005 vintage of Talisker's ever-popular and excellent Distillers Edition is Double matured, with the finishing period occurring in amoroso (a sweetened and fortified Spanish wine) casks, this is a sweet and smoky whisky. The nose is all sea breeze and toffee dotted with plump raisins from the Amoroso cask. On the palate the balance of sweetness and smoke tips in favour of dark chocolate, vanilla and intense fruit (though the coastal qualities Talisker is known for still impress). More coastal wafts continue on the finish.
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Name Talisker Distillers' Edition Country Scotland Region Isle of Skye ABV% 45.8% Size 700ml Dietary Information No