What, the 1st day of September already, where has the summer gone? And I know, this post should have posted yesterday but I was feeling a bit under the weather so I took the afternoon to rest and get better. Today I am feeling loads better and am back at it with a whisky I acquired at the duty free in London’s Heathrow during my June trip to Spain. And that whisky is… Talisker 57° North.
Talisker is an Isle of Skye whisky. It is also the only distillery located on the island. They’ve been distilling for over 175 year and their whisky is always double distilled. 57° North is a no-age-statement whisky named after the latitude line on which the Island sits. It is bottled at Cask Strength and I’ll warn you, the taste of this whisky is absolutely SUPER strong, no joke.
Nose: the smell is intense with notes of smoke, wood and brine
Palate: It starts off sweet but then I get hit with spices, pepper, and notes of wood, salt and just as it’s ending I get a bit of honey.
Finish: It goes down smoothly with ending notes of pepper
When I think of this whisky, the show Deadliest Catch comes to mind. If I were a King Crab fisherman out in Alaska and I just spent all day out there in the cold fishing, you better believe that at the end of the night you would find me below deck drinking 57° North.
57° North is truly rugged and the strongest Talisker I’ve had to date. Even as it kept punching me in the face I still couldn’t stop drinking it. Maybe I am one that is glutton for punishment, but I truly did LOVE it.
If you’ve never had Talisker before, I would not recommend starting with this one. I would suggest you start with the 10 year-old. I’ve provided the link below to my blog post of the 10 year-old (and other Talisker posts). If you do happen to love Talisker, or if you are looking for a strong whisky, this is it. The one thing to note is that you can only purchase this whisky in duty free, so it’s not a whisky you will find in your local liquor or whisky shops.
It’s not a your regular sipping whisky and it’s not made for everyone, but it’s darn good whisky. It is a pungent whisky with many complexities that still manages to have a bit of smoothness to it. I would definitely recommend.
Other Talisker post on my blog: Talisker 10-year-old; Talisker Distillers Edition – Distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2013; Talisker Storm.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.
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It seems we have very similar opinions about this drop! I recently described it as the “ultimate winter warmer”! http://whiskywaffle.com/2015/06/11/talisker-57%CB%9A-north/
Really great review and I can relate to the addictive face punching. It seems we are both gluttons for punishment ;D
Keep on waffling,
I agree! It definitely is an “ultimate winter warmer.” If we have the same winter as we did last year… I am going to need it. Cheers!