THE ISLE OF SKYE
In 1960 when fire destroyed most of Skye's most famous distillery, its five uniquelyshaped stills – odd-looking might be a less diplomatic word – were rebuilt in exacting detail. Everyone agreed that the shape of the stills might somehow be responsible for the whisky's unique spicy flavour.
A maritime location alongside Loch Harport also affects the taste in a subtle way. Talisker was much enjoyed by Robert Louis Stevenson who praised the whisky in his poem “The Scotsman's Return from Abroad”. Today Talisker is held by many to be the quintessential Islands Whisky.
Where to stay
Twenty miles north of Talisker stands Skeabost, a former hunting lodge that was rebuilt for comfort in 1871.
With the River Snizort running through its grounds this is the perfect place for salmon and trout fishing. It is also the only hotel on Skye with its own golf course. The recent renovation has blended the original Victorian features with contemporary furniture and tweeds in dramatic primary colours.