Talisker Distillery was founded by Hugh and Kenneth Macaskill. Travelling from the tiny island of Eigg, to the south of Skye, they had not planned on bringing the island to the world, instead they had originally planned on bringing sheep to the island! They built Talisker Distillery in 1830, against the incandescent anger of the devoutly religious Skye community. Once the dram was tasted across the country, news spread of its superior quality. World famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson recommended it as one of the best malts he had tasted, and demand grew quickly for this remote distillery. The distillery is located some 20 miles from the island capital of Portree, partly along single-track roads, and stands in the shadow of the magnificent Cuillin Hills, which attract thousands of climbers every year. Indeed, Talisker’s whisky has been referred to as ‘the lava of the Cuillins,’ and the aptness of that description is apparent to anybody who has sampled this mighty single malt.