Scotch whisky giant reaches for the Skye

Talisker Distillery latest to benefit from Diageo’s visitor centre investment

Diageo has unveiled the new visitor centre at its Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye.

Part of a £185 million investment by the drinks giant in its distillery visitor centres, the new facility at Talisker Distillery, on the banks of Loch Harport, has two bars and a retail space; and three new tours have been created: the Distillery Tour, which provides a guided tour of the site followed by a tasting of three Talisker expressions; the Made by the Sea Tasting Experience, which offers a “multi-sensory tasting session”; and the Talisker Cask Draw and Tasting Experience, which offers the chance to taste five cask-strength Talisker expressions.

Barbara Smith, managing director of Diageo’s Scotland brand homes, said: “From the tours to the bars and retail space, there’s so much to experience at Talisker whether you’ve travelled two miles or two hundred miles to be there, and whether you’re already familiar with this wonderful whisky, or discovering it for the first time.”

Talisker is the sixth site to be transformed as part of Diageo’s investment in its distillery visitor centres, and follows the launch of a new visitor facility at the Glen Ord on the Black Isle.

The revamped visitor experience at the home of The Singleton features a bar, tasting area, deli counter and retail space; there’s also a 90-minute distillery tour.

Smith said: “The Singleton is one of the most exciting single malt brands in the world and we are delighted to be opening the doors to the brand’s new home at Glen Ord Distillery.”