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Talisker 57º North

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

12th May 2012


Talisker 57º North
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I've been lucky enough to own multiple bottles of this beauty so I tend to drink this one at will! But I gloat. Let's talk about the nose, shall we? The powerful aromas makes me feel like a captain on a fishing trawler - braving the rough seas and the salty waves that pound the edge of the boat time and again. Strands of seaweed and kelp are flung on the ship in quick succession. No matter how hard the deck hands try they can never rid themselves of that. Out of the corner of my eye I see my first-mate neglecting his duties and tending to a succulent sausage barbecue. In between the sausages are the most delicious pieces of salty fish, sprayed with lemon zest, that I have ever tasted.

I want to discipline him but I can't - something tells me to just accept the things the way they are.

As I bring the crystal nosing glass to my lips I am treated to three distinct emotions. First the full bodied malt announces it's arrival with a touch of salt and a glimmer of smoke. Then, immediately fighting for attention are a tumble of autumn fruits and a lovely soft pudding. As your mind tries to come to grips with the two distinct flavors you are treated to the gentlest of iodine sprayed spices as they signal the end of the journey.

At 57% this is one of the longer finishes I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. If you don't have one I suggest you go out there right now and procure yourself possibly one of the best tasting single malts out there!

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Wills commented

Great review! As usual I have to add.

You prefer this one to Talisker DE or 18yo? I was just tasting these two. And did you try this one diluted?

12 years ago 0

Victor commented

@tabarakRazvi, this is a great favourite of mine, as well, though I have only had two tastes of it to date (thanks, @Pudge72). My first bottle of 57 d North is finally within two weeks of me, though. That is very nice that you have had quite a few bottles of it available to you. I would love to put several more into the cabinet.

@Wills, 57 North, DE, and 18 are three rather different whiskies, and different years of DE can be quite different from one another as well. 57 North is the throaty high-test big flavours version of Talisker. Talisker 18 is refined and elegant, by comparison...what I call a "watching the sunset" kind of whisky. I want both of them in my cabinet. I can live without Talisker DE, but some years of DE are quite nice too.

12 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

@Wills Thank you for your kind words!

I have only recently managed to procure the 18 year and so will post a review on that soon. It will be interesting to see how it compares with the 57 North though I make it a point not to pit one against the other.

12 years ago 0