Talisker Distillery was founded in 1830 by the brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill of Eigg, sons of the doctor for the Small Isles. Along with most other malt distilleries, Talisker was closed between 1941 – 45 because of government restrictions on the supply of barley to conserve food supplies during the Second World War. Production ceased for a second time when the stillhouse was destroyed by fire on 22nd November 1960 and in a major exercise to conserve the unique flavour of Talisker, the five stills which had been lost in the fire were replaced with exact copies when the distillery re-opened in 1962.
Matured exclusively in American oak refill casks. The nose offers a very attractive blend of rich, spicy fruit and smoke from a bonfire beside the sea. With time, the fruit fades somewhat, and spent matches appear. Perhaps they were used to light the bonfire! Full-bodied and warming on the complex palate, with initially intense fruitiness followed by increasing smoky spice and pepper notes. Water teases out sweet peat and barley sugar. The finish is long and gently smoky, with characteristic Talisker chilli powder lingering to the very end. Another cracker from the shores of Loch Harport!