Talisker Single Malt Whisky is made from malted barley sourced from the Muir of Ord, a village in Highland, Scotland. The barley is lightly peated to approximately 18 phenol parts per million, which contributes a slightly smoky flavor profile to the whisky. Once the barley has been malted and peated, it is mashed using soft water drawn from one of the 14 underground springs that rise fromHawk Hill — Talisker has been using the same water source since it was founded nearly two centuries ago. "I'm restless at heart so you'll find me poking my nose into the mash tun at all hours," says Mark Lochhead, Talisker's Distillery Manager.
After the barley has been mashed, it is fermented in the distillery's wooden washbacks before being twice distilled through Talisker's copper-pot stills. The stills are equipped with unique swan-shaped lye pipes and worm tubs. As a result of this configuration, a portion of the vapor during distillation condenses before reaching the cooler, and runs back into the still for redistillation. This process gives Talisker Single Malt Whisky its signature, full-bodied flavor profile.
Following distillation, Talisker 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in traditional oak casks for a minimum of 18 years. As a result, the whisky has a bold aroma, with notes of toffee, espresso, maple syrup and peat smoke. The aroma gives way to notes of honeyed nuts, orange zest, citrus and rock candy, and leads to a finish accented by hints of tobacco and leather.
Talisker 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky earned a score of 93 points fromWhisky Advocateand 90-95 points fromWine Enthusiast. It was also rated the "Best Whisky in the World" at the World Whiskies Awards in 2007.