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Talisker 57º North

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

14th Apr 2017


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Talisker 57 Degrees North. Named as such because of the distillery's coordinates. Also bottled at 57%. Cool marketing that I don't mind because of the symbolism to the distillery. Bottle has been opened for a week and is 50% full. Yes we've been drinking it that fast...

Nose: Sea salt, smoke, seaweed, and pickles. Also a nagging cleaning agent that I can't get past. Like clorox or something.

Palate: Nice! A blast of flavours. White pepper, salted smokey pickles, hickory bbq sauce, spicey oak that is balanced with a sweetness of overly ripe oranges.

Finish: Medium-long with smoke and salted pickle.

Overall: Aside from the weird cleaning agent in the nose, this is a delightful whisky. Strong, similar notes to the 10yo. This is big boy Talisker. I tried with water but it just dulled the flavors and made it slightly sweeter. Better without it.

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Victor commented

You waited only 6 days instead of 10 days before reviewing...don't be surprised if you see more changes, for the better. I think that you'll like this one better if you don't gobble it down quickly.

One of my bottles of 57 North showed a lot of change around 10 days open; another took much much longer.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

I liked this one. It was attacked, specially by one person, at my New year's tasting (almost wish I had kept mum about its existence... I have a bit over half a litre left and w going to review it after Passover...

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

Pete1969 commented

Tried at airport in January and intend to buy a litre when travelling in May very good example of how NAS should be done but you could not give me a bottle of the Dark Storm just tasted of burnt wood and pepper. Also planning on the PC CC01 again, Glenmorangie 18, Glen Garioch 15 and either the Bowmore 18, Jameson Gold or a back up bottle of Lagavulin 8, half way through current bottle. Would appreciate any advice on last choice the first 4 are fairly well set in stone.

6 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Pete1969, you make me very curious to taste Talisker Dark Storm. You disliked it enormously, and Mr. Murray gave it a very high grade. My sister owns an unopened bottle of it. One day I will have some to see for myself.

As regards your choices, there is much we do not know, such as possible differences in batches of Jameson Gold. I've loved what I've had of it, but Murray thinks a recent batch has been off. Should his opinion be trusted here? That is a total unknown. Bowmore 18 is basic quintessential Bowmore, but I don't find it different enough from the 12 yo to spend 2 1/2 times as much for it in my local store prices. As for buying another bottle of one you already like, Lagavulin 8 yo, that is never a bad idea. It is your call as to whether reliability trumps novelty in your current mood.

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

Pete1969 commented

@Victor I generally like Talisker and whenever I open a 10 always make sure I get another in stock for when it's gone. The Skye and Storm I can take or leave but pick up when discounted. The 57N I absolutely loved on first taste but already had my airport allowance so deferred for this trip, but the Dark Storm had little to offer IMHO. I could not say how long it has been open and the amounts given in tasting at airports mean it could have suffered with oxygen but it is one bottling I will not be looking for.

Roll on May and my trip, then I will be scouting the internet for a Talisker 18 for my Xmas present to me.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

Ol_Jas commented

"How NAS should be done" is to put an age statement on it.

6 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

@Victor , @Pete1969 : Lagavulin 8! Buying another bottle of one you already like—and then put away for the future—delivers both reliability and novelty.

6 years ago 0

Robert99 commented

@Ol_Jas As I am now drinking Lagavulin 8, I can confirm it is good, reliable and good value.

6 years ago 0

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