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Talisker 57º North

Gremlin in a glass

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Sep 2011

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Talisker 57º North
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The 57° North obviously refers to the latitude of the distillery on Skye and is the only Talisker available at cask strength (57%, doh!). While it has no age statement, we do know that it matured on American refill bourbon casks. It is offered in 1 liter bottles in the travel retail segment, but you can also find it at the better retail stores. It comes with a compass…

The nose is simply marvellous. After a few minutes of patience, you’ll be catapulted all the way to a rocky and windy coast. Sea weed, bonfire, spent matches and wonderful lime. This one seems to contain a power that is ready to explode on the palate (I hope). The signature pepper sulks in the corner. Unless you dare to pour a few drops of water. Then the pepper screams like there is no tomorrow. Talk about your Gremlin!

It is very creamy on the palate and warms the mouth immediately. The quiet pepper explodes! Very fruity attack, but soon those tastes are overpowered by smoke and especially the pepper, that leaves absolutely no doubt whatsoever on who runs this particular show. That other typical Talisker aroma, sea salt, joins in as well. Yep, this is not for kiddo’s, boys and girls. The high ABV simply sets you on fire. I kid you not, I’m actually breaking a sweat! Adding water brings out more peat, with pepper in close pursuit.

The finish is hot and drying. With water, it’s is actually a salt- and pepper bomb!

I received this sample from our good friend @lucadanna1985 and am very grateful for it. This is one outstanding Talisker. Off to the shower, now. Djeezes!

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15 comments

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

this review puts mine on shame mate! :) I must pour myself a glass of this right now!

12 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Do that, you'll not be disappointed! Great dram. Thanks again.

12 years ago 0

@mattberg
mattberg commented

nearly finished my Tali 10 yo.. this is next on the list, great review

12 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Delicious whisky, 57d North. Thanks for the sample,a @Pudge72!

12 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

@Victor...happy to be of assistance in spreading the joy of Talisker! Fortunately, the LCBO has removed the gift pack (10, 98DE, and 57N) from the 'discontinued' inventory list. I hope to pick up another, as it's the only source for the DE and 57N in Ontario, sometime in 2012 if all goes well.

Wonderful review @markjedi1!

12 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Pudge72, you've probably noticed that the Talisker gift pack has been available at LCBO since before Christmas - I mean to pick it up for myself sometime soon....

12 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman commented

@markjedi1: Thanks for the excellent review. Mine is very much the same and you haven't exaggerated the power. Wow! or should that be POW!

Proost!

12 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

'Proost' indeed! Thanks for the kind words.

12 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

@talexander...yes indeed...unfortunately the Talisker pack came back at $100 when it used to be $75 for most of 2011!! :( As a result, it has gone lower on the priority list. I may just see if someone I know happens to be travelling, at some point, through an airport that carries it and have them bring me a bottle.

By the way, is there a way to determine what airports/terminals carry particular bottles of whisky?

12 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman commented

@markjedi1: Someone must have nicked my compass...Shame! Box sealed at Paris Duty Free but just the Whisky when opened. The 57deg. is superb, so shouldn't complain.

12 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Pudge72...that's a good question, I have no idea how to determine that...

12 years ago 0

IanABS94 commented

A lot of airport websites will tell you their Duty Free shop items. For whisky I really find anywhere in UK is the best (www.worldofwhiskies.com) is fantastic, you can pre-order your bottles and pick them up when you get through security!

11 years ago 0

Keith10284 commented

I love the Talisker 10, but I'm itching to try this one! I watched a review on YouTube & it sounds lovely.

11 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

I've spotted the Talisker 57 at one place: the Newark (USA) duty free. It was $141 for a 1L, which I thought was way too high and passed. I'd still really love to try it, though.

9 years ago 0

mpalef commented

$92 Can at Toronto airport dutyfree $120 US at Atalanta airport dutyfree

Very strange

9 years ago 0