Each whisky in the Mac-Talla range has been carved by Island’s weather-beaten shores. It’s a taste of the untamed that leaves a lasting impression. As one of Scotland’s oldest whisky families, the Morrisons have had a strong presence on Islay for five generations.
Stanley P. Morrison joined the firm of T. William Walker & Co as a trainee whisky broker in the 1930’s, eventually marrying William Walker’s daughter, Elizabeth. He then obtained resources from his father-in-law due to his strong relationship with various distilleries on the island. The long-established connection has enabled them to receive supplies from the distillery, allowing them to produce the finest whisky.
William Walker had influential power in the whisky business, even advocating on behalf of the Islay whisky trade to American businesses on the repeal of US prohibition in 1933. He grew very fond of Islay, where he eventually purchased a home, and played an integral part in developing transport, trade and marketing of the Island’s produce.
His philanthropic nature was deeply appreciated by Islay residents – with the Glasgow Islay Association (of which he was a life member and chairman) noting in 1934 “In the Island itself, he has closely identified himself with every cause worthy of support”.
In 1963 a chance lunchtime encounter at a Glasgow restaurant led to the agreement of the purchase of Islay’s oldest distillery — Bowmore (established in 1779) — that evening.