TALISKER

British Travel Journal - - VICTUALS -

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.

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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.

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