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Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Skye
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HCD_CARD_016
PLACENAME
Carbost
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
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Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
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12839
KEYWORDS
alcohol
building
buildings
architecture
Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Skye

The Talisker Distillery is located in the village of Carbost, on the shore of Loch Harport, Isle of Skye.

Talisker Distillery was built in 1830 by Hugh MacAskill, who had purchased Talisker estate in 1825. The Distillery's origins are very much bound up in the Highland Clearances, for MacAskill and the estate's previous owner Lauchlan MacLean had both been involved in removing people from the land around Carbost and replacing them with more profitable sheep. The Distillery was, in part, built to provide employment to those left.

It took several years, and several owners, before the Distillery became a successful business venture. In 1848 Hugh and his brother Kenneth gave up the Talisker Distillery, and in 1857 it was purchased by a Donald MacLellan (who was married to Hugh's daughter) for the sum of £500. Following MacLellan's bankruptcy, the business was purchased in 1867 by John Anderson who invested heavily to improve the almost ruined distillery and to increase the reputation of the Talisker brand. By 1879, however, Anderson himself was bankrupt. The Distillery was then in turn managed by two experienced distillers, Alexander Grigor and Thomas MacKenzie, whose expertise finally established the business and the brand. Indeed, by the early 1900s, Talisker had become one of Britain's best-selling malts.

Today, Talisker Distillery is owned by United Distillers, and the distinctive whisky produced there is still considered to be one of the finest malts on the market. This photograph is also interesting in that it was taken at a time when Talisker distillery still had its traditonal conical 'pagodas', which have since been removed.


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Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Skye

INVERNESS: Bracadale

alcohol; building; buildings; architecture

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

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The Talisker Distillery is located in the village of Carbost, on the shore of Loch Harport, Isle of Skye. <br /> <br /> Talisker Distillery was built in 1830 by Hugh MacAskill, who had purchased Talisker estate in 1825. The Distillery's origins are very much bound up in the Highland Clearances, for MacAskill and the estate's previous owner Lauchlan MacLean had both been involved in removing people from the land around Carbost and replacing them with more profitable sheep. The Distillery was, in part, built to provide employment to those left. <br /> <br /> It took several years, and several owners, before the Distillery became a successful business venture. In 1848 Hugh and his brother Kenneth gave up the Talisker Distillery, and in 1857 it was purchased by a Donald MacLellan (who was married to Hugh's daughter) for the sum of £500. Following MacLellan's bankruptcy, the business was purchased in 1867 by John Anderson who invested heavily to improve the almost ruined distillery and to increase the reputation of the Talisker brand. By 1879, however, Anderson himself was bankrupt. The Distillery was then in turn managed by two experienced distillers, Alexander Grigor and Thomas MacKenzie, whose expertise finally established the business and the brand. Indeed, by the early 1900s, Talisker had become one of Britain's best-selling malts. <br /> <br /> Today, Talisker Distillery is owned by United Distillers, and the distinctive whisky produced there is still considered to be one of the finest malts on the market. This photograph is also interesting in that it was taken at a time when Talisker distillery still had its traditonal conical 'pagodas', which have since been removed. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />