It’s Time To Talk About Sourced Whiskey

As a comparatively recent convert to Irish whiskey, one of the more confusing things to come to terms with has been the practice of distilleries sourcing their spirit. I initially scratched my head when trying an 18-year-old from a distillery that had only started production in 2013. So how is it that something like this can be released, and what does it mean for the consumer? Sourced whiskey seems to be a widely acknowledged but seldom discussed topic.

Talisker Skye

Talisker describes itself as “made by the sea”. In the literal sense, this is quite right: the Talisker distillery in Carbost on the West coast of the Isle of Skye is a few yards from Loch Harport, which opens onto the Atlantic. The whisky that Talisker produces is famously maritime in character, displaying salt and seaweed in spades. Clearly, when Talisker looks to establish a link with their branding, they go all in, which should s branding, it goes all in. This should mean good things for the Talisker Skye, the distillery’s entry-level offering, named after its island home.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Sitting in the gulf between the islands of Jura and Scarba, the Corryvreckan whirlpool is one of the largest and most dangerous in the world. The unique underwater topography results in a tide that flows at 9 knots and in over 9 metres high waves. This is a truly terrifying force of nature, and any whisky bearing its name can only be fearsome.