Everybody has their own personal favourite beverages. Some people don’t enjoy alcohol and don’t choose to drink, and tend to favour warm drinks such as tea or coffee perhaps. Others however, are partial to a little tipple now and then and like to relax with a glass or two of their favourite spirit in the evening to help them relax and unwind. Providing you drink responsibly and know what your limits are, there is absolutely no harm in enjoying a glass or two of your favourite alcoholic beverage in an evening to help you to relax and unwind after a busy and sometimes stressful day. As far as popular drinks go, whiskey is by far one of the most popular and comes in a variety of different tastes and recipes. People often think of more generic brand names of whiskies and bourbons, meaning that some of the slightly lesser known strains simply don’t get the recognition they deserve. Thankfully people are now discovering the delicious taste of Talisker whiskey and are enjoying it more and more. Talisker malt whiskey is smooth, subtle, aromatic, and incredibly delicious which is why we’ll be taking a more in-depth look at it right now.
A brief history of Talisker whiskey – Talisker whiskey gets its name from the distillery, located on the remote yet incredibly beautiful Isle of Skye, just off the West coast of Scotland up in the highlands. Talisker whiskey is now world-famous for its fiery, smoky, and peppery flavour that whiskey lovers simply can’t get enough of. It is a multi-award winning whiskey that actually scooped the ‘Best Single Malt’ category in the World Whiskey Awards back in 2007. Back in the 1820’s heavy taxes and laws were levied on whiskey producers and distilleries, which hit them incredibly hard. Up until early 1820, the Hebrides Islands had been home to a number of whiskey distilleries, but these new laws, plus the extreme remoteness of their locations meant that many distilleries were forced out of operation. Two brothers however, named Archie and Hugh Macaskill, moved to Skye and converted a large building named Talisker house, as well as the surrounding buildings, into a fully legal distillery. They struggled for years until 1881, when Alexander Allen and Roderick Kemp saw huge potential and help to expand and refit the distillery. Talisker went from strength to strength until Kemp left and Allen merged the Talisker brewery with his other brewery which happened to be the biggest whiskey producer in Scotland at the time. Surprisingly this venture worked even better and business boomed until a fire forced closure of the distillery in 1960. Talisker however, was re-built bigger and better than ever, and it went from strength to strength and is now one of the most visited island distilleries in all of Scotland, receiving over 40,000 visitors each year, which is remarkable given the extreme remoteness of the location.
Serving suggestions – This classic malt makes the perfect aperitif before a meal, and also works incredibly well with foods such as cheese and chutney. The best way to enjoy Talisker whiskey however, is surprisingly with water as the water unlocks hidden flavours and aromas. Still Scottish mineral water works best, adding a drop at a time, taking a sip each time until you find the perfect blend. It also works great over ice, and with lemonade or ginger ale.