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Overall rating
85.50/100
votes
716
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2012
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Label
New Map Label (2012)
Barcode
5000281024325
Added on
22 Jan 2013 8:28 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 67.22

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716 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 57° North

71 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.!

  2. 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.

    Nose:
    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.

    Palate:
    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.

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

  3. 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

  4. AnnEm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I needed something to warm up with him. The bottle has been open for many years. Now I really like it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Oak wood - creamy, with green notes. Toffee. Grass. Salty sea breeze and very light peat. Malt sugar. Dark chocolate. After longer standing, prunes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      First a sharp start. Caramel. Fishy-algae, mussels. Shoe polish and motor oil - but rather subtle. Then develops in the direction of ginger wort and allspice towards black pepper. Then peat again. From sip to sip it becomes more acidic (citrus), which fits well.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Herb-peppery. Young wood, charcoal. High-proof bitter chocolate. Lemon juice (looks somewhat artificial). Sea spray.

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Amazingly mild for the percentages for a NAS. Sweetness, vanilla, light ham smoke, somewhat reminiscent of an Ardbeg, this saltiness is more present than the typical pepperiness that a Talisker normally has.
    • Taste
      More bitterness, bacon smoke, good, but a bit too dull overall. Well balanced, but not as diverse or complex.

  6. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    At the front I have to say that I always dilute every whisky to 48-49% first, smell it, taste it and then pure.
    Then I experiment with water, sometimes a drop here, sometimes 2 drops there.
    What I find great about Talisker is that the peppery hotness is always exactly the same. No matter whether with 48% or with 57%.
    This whisky is easy to drink in bottled starch.
    • Nose
      maritime; light fruit; sweet malt; delicate orange; Pear, smoke
    • Taste
      light fruit; salty maritime, intense smoke; sweet malt and citrus at the same time; some heather; Smoke becomes cool smoke, ash, typical peppery Talisker pungency; another delicate pear
    • Finish
      Ash; Mouth becomes drier; always sweet notes

  7. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cold smoke, ash, menthol, citrus, apple, pear, some earth, maritime, some wood
    • Taste
      Honey, very light apple, light grapefruit, pepper

  9. A0525 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

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