Talisker 57° North

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
57.0 % Vol.
200 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
New Map Label (2012)
Added on
22 Jan 2013 8:28 am
ColoredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 164.99

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 57° North

82 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.51 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    mmh I like them indeed
    • Nose
      sehr maritim: Rauch, Salz, Meer, Gewürze,Vanille,Zitrusfrüchte
      eine Assoziation von: Hafen im Orient
    • Taste
      deutlich der stärkere Alkoholgehalt, 

      subtile Noten die Zeit benötigen zum differenzieren,
      große Würzigkeit, Salz und Meer, Orange und ein Anflug von Nelke
    • Finish
      mittel, Salzlakritze mit Würze, sehr lecker

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Peatier than the 10yo OB in the glass next to it. More straightforward and youthful, but the sea salt and pepper that mark a Talisker are around. There is some oak of the plankish sort. I feel the nose loses some of its definition with water, but the palate and body come nicely together at one or two teaspoons. With water out comes some gunpowder as well. The taste is peaty and honeyed but slightly hollow. In the finish the youth shows again, as peat lingers and sinks into my tongue and gums, but otherwise there is very little action apart from slight oiliness and a faint taste of sand. Let me guess, this is 5,7 years old? 

    Tasted next to OB 10yo (87pts) and 2003 Distillers Edition (85). A big up to whomever had the good idea to make a 3x20cl pack of these malts. I'm at a stage in this hobby where I no longer care to buy full bottles of most entry level OBs (there's only so much time for whisky, and so _much_ whisky around), so these little bottles are much appreciated as I can still keep tabs with what's going on at that price range without having to stock much more whisky than I can or want to drink. Hey Laphroaig, make a tri-pack of 10yo, QC and Cask Str.!

  3. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by producer;

    in brief… All of Talisker’s full-on vigour, with the promise of wisdom to come. In a sentence… A classic, intense Talisker that’s like looking out to sea with a storm brewing, and which becomes deeper and more approachable when water is added.

    Very clean and intense, with light smoke soon appearing. Creamy toffee, with pronounced fruit acidity. Hints of edible seaweed, heather blossom and a calming influence of vanilla that balances the crisp attack. Chalky and minty. In time, chocolate, then salt. The chocolate becomes slightly nuttier: like praline. Water tempers the attack and brings out a slightly oily note. Initially there's a firework/struck match edge, then more seaweed, as if you’re at the high water mark on a sandy beach. Sweet yet salty, with a savoury sharpness.

    Tart fruit, sweet to start, with smoke and tar abruptly exploding around the middle of the mouth. Sweet-centred, a little like liqueur chocolate, yet tempered by a savoury edge that stops things becoming too polite. Water deepens the effect and smoothes out the abrupt shift between sweet and smoke. Mouth filling, silky and complex.

    Oily, tingling with the signature pepperiness. Smoother with water.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. bikenerd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice for the original price of about 60€ and clearly a step up from the 10 or DE but never worth north of 100€!

  7. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Comet67 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Don Cassi scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the 10, much more closed and paler. The nose is musty, and there is also an unpleasant alcoholic biting in the mouth. With water it gets a little better and approaches 10, but adds an unpleasant bitterness.
    Length: 6/10

    I'm not an advocate of the 10, but this one doesn't meet my taste at all.

    Grade: 3+

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Talisker at basically cask strength (definition of cs prevents it from being called such), what could go wrong? And indeed this one is bold, powerful, and can be lots of fun, especially if you get a good batch. My first, when it was released in 2008 was flavor/quality-wise weaker than the 10 and the 57 N is def. a mix of younger juice. Too bad this is no 10 yo at 57.1% abv. which would be a real cracker and - if priced fairly - my new favorite standard for sure. All in all still a pretty impressive dram, but buy on sale in 1 liter bottle to get the most out of the deal and don't be dissappointed, if it does not quite reach the 10 yo benchmark @ cs.


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