Talisker 8 Year Old 1970s Highland Malt Whisky

Talisker 8 Year Old 1970s Highland Malt Whisky

$1,850 AUD

80 proof 26 2/3 fl ozs

This Talisker 8 year old was bottled for the Distillers Agency Ltd., a long established subsidiary of DCL, and carries the moto 'The Golden Spirit of the Isle of Skye'. What is interesting about this particular bottle is that it is from the era when the distiller’s licence for Talisker was still held by the Distillers’ Agency prior to it being transferred to Johnnie Walker & Sons Ltd (also a DCL subsidiary) in the autumn of 1982.

Tasting Notes

Chocolate with heavy vanilla influences followed by fresh fruits with a peat hint which continues to develop on the palate with almonds and hazelnuts. The finish lingers with smoke and fruit - think golden apples.

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Distillery

Talisker Distillery

One of Scotland’s more remote distilleries, it can best be described by some historical extracts from “The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland and Ireland” (1987).

“The approach to Talisker is through rather bleak countryside which eventually opens up into a green, fertile valley which leads down to Loch Harport, on whose banks the distillery stands.

Talisker – also known for a time as Carbost – has had a colourful history…… It was built in 1830 by the brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill……. The distillery was purchased in 1868 by J.R.W. Anderson, who was later imprisoned for accepting payment from customers for whisky which he claimed had been distilled and placed in bond for them, but which, in fact, never existed”.

 The MacAskill brothers, who were said to have been active in the clearances of small tenant farmers from the Talisker estate, were bankrupted in 1848. Volatility and uncertainty seem to have been the order of the day for the next 50 years until a merger took place in 1898 with other whisky interests to form Dailuaine-Talisker Distilleries Limited. However, even that venture had its problems until it was eventually acquired by a consortium of major Scotch whisky blenders in 1916 and through that route became part of the DCL empire in 1925.

Its island location on Skye’s Minginish Peninsula, remote even by today’s standards, has ensured that the Talisker make has a very distinctive character. It has been bottled as a single malt for many years and is now one of the leading players in Diageo’s Classic Malts collections. I recorded the fact that at the time of my visit in 1985 the then manager, Mr Derek Bottomer, a keen mountaineer, set me on the road with “… a 1972 whisky straight from a sherry wood cask at 64.2% ABV. A magnificent dram, which has been described as halfway between an Islay and a Highlander”. There is nothing to suggest that that is still not the case today!