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Talisker 57º North

Graceful Bruiser

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@RianCReview by @RianC

11th May 2018

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Many good folk on here recommended this and I was hesitant. Thanks to @victor and many others for convincing me to take the plunge!

Bottle has been open about 7 weeks with over two thirds left.

Nose - Surprisingly soft on the alcohol for its strength. This can easily be drunk neat. Dense, toffee'd malt with cracked black pepper, iodine, Bolton Fish Market at the start of the day and an array of spice, but ginger and something akin to Chinese five spice stand out. Thick honey. Fresh and clean. Wonderful.

Adding a quarter of a teaspoon of water: Lovely swirling when adding the water that lasts a long time. More peat and pepper for sure.

Taste - Almost tar like in texture. Lovely warming dram with the toffee and a slight figgy sweetness with some honey coming through. The peat comes into the development more. With water, again more of a peaty tang attack on the tongue.

Finish - Quite long and peaty with an almost refreshing dryness from the wood. With water it's a little longer and the sweetness keeps going after the peat has subsided. Nice balance of sweet and sour actually. After a minute or so there's a slight milky coffee with pepper taste that lingers nicely at the back of the throat.

I was very lucky to pick this up for £50 (usually around £70) and had I more cash to spend i'd pick up a couple at that price. This is a graceful bruiser that encapsulates lots of what makes Scotch malt whisky so appealing. Fit for a fireside or a summers evening - really!

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13 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@RianC, thanks for your very nice review.

Talisker 57 Degrees North is my everyday Talisker. It takes air extremely well, and will taste good many months and even years after opening it. Sometimes it needs air at first to get to it good zone.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Victor - This was pretty good as soon as I opened it but time is really bringing out the musty toffee notes. I didn't put leather in my review but still sipping away at the dram and it is definitely there.

5 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

It's the only Talisker I keep in my cabinet.

5 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

If you ever see that Talisker 175th Anniversary, man that's good! As are the older ones, 18, 25 etc.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@RianC The only problem with the 57* is it’s price in Quebec around 100£, but it is a charmer.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

RikS commented

Nice read. Tried it as I was going out of Heathrow recently and I agree with you, is great. I can also recommend the distillers edition. Good price around and I think it's outstanding! Where did you get your, MoM?

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@RikS - Yes, MoM. I think it's gone back up a little but still under £60 last time I checked. It feels strange saying that's good value for any whisky to be frank, but given the current market I'd say that is still pretty good vfm.

5 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@Robert99 - You Canadians have my sympathy when it comes to Scotch prices. On the flip side it seems that lots of the home grown stuff is quite stellar at the moment so every cloud and all that . . . relaxed

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

RikS commented

@RianC Heathrow £75 but that's a litre. So £52,50 equivalent for a 70cl.

5 months ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@RianC 7 years ago I was all about Scotch. I found at that time that all bourbon were too sweet and tasted the same and that all Canadian whisky had that over the edge maple flavor with lower quality. At that time, the alcohol board in my province offered in most store only a low quality selection. With time, the selection improved and I learned to appreciate each style for their own merits. Fortunately, the Canadian distilleries are now bottling single cask and older barrels. Because of the relative bad reputation of the Canadian whiskies, the price are quite good for the moment. Still, I do prefer Scotch, therefore I am still entitled to nag about the Canadian price. wink

5 months ago 4Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

Lovely review. This is truly delightful stuff. I have the 10yo always around as a go to Talisker(but I bring it back from China because I'm not paying $77 + tax for Talisker 10). 57N is hard to come by in Tennessee and it runs over $100USD. So it's usually an overseas treat for me.

5 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Pete1969
Pete1969 commented

Love the Bolton Fish Market reference @RianC do you live close to GMP or Lancashire? Not many other ways to know that smell which was identical to Preston’s fish market which has sadly become a couple of stalls tucked away near a pet store.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Pete1969 - Talk about getting late to the party . . . apologies for the _slight _ delay in response time relaxed Must have slipped me by!

In answer to your question, not anymore. I was born and bread in Bolton (as the saying goes) but haven't lived there since my late teens I guess. Hung around Manchester for a good few years and now live in Bristol. You could say I exchanged whippets and mild for cider and carrots smile I think all the local 'old-style' markets have struggled, sadly - except the 'World Famous Bury Market' - which I'm sure all fellow connosrites are overly familiar with lol!

Are you in the Preston area then? Used to love walking in the Ribble valley area and up in Bowland - gorgeous!

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