Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L5253CM000 05616554
Bottled for
Travel Retail
Added on
11 Dec 2015 9:20 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 96,46

35 × in wishlist

224 × member ratings

606 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker Neist Point

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.90 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good whisky, he looks quite young, but not too young. He is very soft and moderate and could thus be an interesting addition to the standard range, but he would have to move down the price significantly. The older Talisker offer much more, especially in the price / performance ratio. For me personally, he is a bit too pushy or sweet.
    • Nose
      Distinct smoke and sleepy feet are the first impressions. A strange nose! Reminiscent of the air in Pozzuoli, a town in Italy near Naples, it lies almost like a cork on a volcanic bubble, sulphurous vapors occur there directly through rock crevices. The height above sea level changes here several times a year. After a while, the nose normalizes, the maritime talisker notes emerge, and a bit fruity towards apples, apricots and limes. Later also caramel, which warmed up even more clearly. The focus is shifting steadily between sweet fruity and salty mineral. The alcohol is palpable and sometimes tickles quite clearly in the nose.
    • Taste
      The taste is a typical Talisker, quite strong sweetness with earthy and rocky notes, smoke, some salt and the developing peppery pungency, which is framed in this case, however, of some alcoholic sharpness, which, however, knows how to hide well.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long, the focus is on the earthy notes. The sweetie has a slightly watery touch here. In the end, a tender, sweet smokiness with a slightly soapy sensation on the tongue will last the longest.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicate smoke, fine enough for a Talisker. Is it vanilla behind? No pepper on the horizon but a nice balance found in the mouth between moderate peat and a fruity. It is soft. Final rather short and discreet. Easy to drink.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  3. LDB scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Not what you want from a Talisker.
    Too young by far, you notice the lack of maturation on both nose and palate. I was extremely underwhelmed by this malt after several tasting sessions, just my personal take on it, but I can not really understand the positive echo it has received.
    Besides, this Talisker is massively overpriced. I just wonder when the hype will decrease. Even remotely comparing this whisky to Talisker 18yo (let alone the 25yo) is absurd. You might just as well buy Laphroaig Select.
    • Nose
      77 77
      The nose is not particularly memorable. A whiff of wet wood, smoke plus some fruity aromas.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Very thin mouthfeel, and unbalanced as well.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Okay, there is the pungent chili catch, but it dries out incredibly fast, sweetness fades too quickly

  4. Sandman23 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Varrek scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Young, as for me
    Punch of smoke, iodine and minerals. Not balanced well, finish salty and mounthfull

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Falls over the other Talisker OA. He can not hide his youth and the typical Talisker character that I value comes up only a little bit down here. Acts like a soft-washed Talisker with little draft. The price is in comparison to the great 18J way too high.
    • Nose
      80 80
      smoky; Sweetness (orange, citrus) in the background; maritime character; Change between sweet-fruity and salty-maritime
    • Taste
      81 81
      soft start; earthy mineral; smoky; Sweet discreetly in the background; Hints of citrus; Toward the end comes a little bit of the Talisker; Chili-catch; Youth clearly noticeable
    • Finish
      82 82
      peppery spicy; Oak emerges; smoky

  7. Gregers scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Huge disappointment from Talisker. The worst and most expensive one I've tried. And I usually really like this destillery.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Seawater, peat, lemonpeel, hint of toffee and green apples. Could be a good mix, but the peat and alcohol are too dominant.
    • Taste
      70 70
      Very disappointing. Mostly peat, oaky dryness, and lack of sweetness. Notes of dried hay. Just a little bit of muscovado sugar on the center of the tounge, but the peat and dryness on the gums take focus and kill it. Not a great balance, to say the least. And worst of all, I can't pick up anything else in the taste!
    • Finish
      78 78
      Long enough and leaves a decent warm mouth with nothing turning worse, but then again how could it. Sadly nothing new to the mix in the aftertaste, just sort of simmers down.

  8. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    An overpriced Talisker that I believe is no more than 12 years. Previously rated as 86 when I started digging into Talisker, however a low 78 now. It's nothing like the other products they have. Sure there's the trademark maritime made by the sea features. Common sea spray salt, oysters, seaweed, sometimes even sea bass and even cod oil.

    Even with those points, this Talisker is a failure. Mainly due to the high price point at £120 in the high street and £150 in the duty free (Heathrow). I would say it's a 86 pointer perhaps if the pricing was put down to about £70. Paying so much for so little. Normally I never complain about the price and review based on taste alone. Money is no object to the taste of a scotch.
    • Nose
      81 81
      As above on maritime-ness.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Citrus and Talisker 10 features. Mix a bit of dark storm inside.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Long, thirsty and warm. Salty, wood like, herbaceous coastal samphire.

  9. maltwhisky_de scored this whisky 80 points Newbie


    Our conclusion: The Neist Point is not a typical Talisker: The smoke plays only a minor role, instead chili sharpness, sweetness and spicy wood are emphasized. The result is an exciting whisky with character, but the taste is not quite round. By comparison, the older Taliskers are more complex and balanced. Really off the cliff, however, the Neist Point comes across the price: Between 80 and 90 euros costs the chic bottle. The Talisker 18 years is for a few euros more the better deal.

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Sweet & Salty

    Last year I hosted a Talisker Masterclass in my neck of the woods. What we tasted was top notch, but this Talisker Neist Point was not in the line-up then. I had not even tasted this Travel Retail Exclusive yet. Pascal, one of my whiskybuddies present at the tasting, told me it was very good and even went so far as to offer me his bottle with a few drams left. So I was able to taste it at last and share my thoughts with you.

    The nose is rather atypical in fact. First I get some Granny Smith apples, followed by peach and apricots and only then the soft smoke and some maritime elements emerge. I do believe some sherry casks were used. Caramelized nuts. A salty edge that is completely smothered by the caramel and other sweet notes. But it has to be said: it works! Wonderful nose, if you ask me.

    Nicely oily and immediately peppery as you are used from Talisker. Sweet and salty at the same time, mildly drying and with a bitterness from grape pith. The spiciness becomes louder as the malt settles on your tongue. The smoke, however subtle, is unmistakable.

    On the finish – which is long without a doubt – becomes even more drying. A strange, somewhat floral, almost soapy note, lingers (without being disturbing).

    Still to be found left and right (and at the distillery itself) for around 80 EUR. Not cheap, but very good. Thanks, Pascal. It convinced me to buy two bottles for my personal pleasure!


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