Talisker 12 Year Old John Walker and Sons 1980s
For a long time, Talisker was the sole distillery on Scotland’s iconic Isle of Skye. Renowned for the quality of its output, the distillery has rarely changed hands, joining DCL (now Diageo) back in 1916. Despite this, releases were not the most common. An 8 year old was bottled officially and Gordon & MacPhail produced what are now classic and sought after vintage bottlings under official license from the distillery. When a 10 year old expression became a founding pillar of United Distillers’ Classic Malts range in 1988, the popularity of the distillery exploded, and it is now one of the most revered and exported in Scotland.
This is a 1980s bottling of the 12 year old age-statement. DCL included an 8 year old Talisker as part of their Ascot Malt Cellar collectionin 1982, in the process licensing the bottling responsibility to one of their blenders, John Walker & Sons. This was common practice at the time, and continued until the company's subsequent iteration, United Distillers, began to restructure. Bottling responsibility for Talisker was returned to the distillery with the introduction of the Classic Malts, which saw this expression discontinued.