Talisker 57 Degrees North

Bought – Whisky Galore (Green Welly Stop), 11th March 2014

95/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
84/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 10 reviews)

As a Talisker lover and a fan of cask strength whiskies, you’d think the 57 would be a match made in heaven. That’s what I thought, so I was desperate to purchase a bottle as soon as I could justify the cost. Thankfully Talisker produce a box set of 3 x 20cl which allows you to get the 10yo and Distiller’s Edition at the same time. Three different tastes for £45 seemed quite reasonable.

In the Whisky Bible 2014 the 57 gets a fantastic score of 95/100, with almost a perfect score for taste with 24.5/25. The 10yo, which I’m more used to drinking, gets 93/100. The Malt Maniacs score the 57 a good 84/100 but, interestingly, they give 85/100 for the 10yo. Clearly there’s not much in it.

When I tried the 57 I must admit I was disappointed. Having experienced the phenomenal quality of ‘cask strength’ with the Aberlour A’bunadh last year, I was expecting too much of the 57. The fact of the matter is, the 10yo Talisker is so good, it doesn’t need to be stronger to be better. The 57 is still a fantastic whisky but I didn’t get the same length of finish as I got with the A’bunadh. But, during the body of the tasting, the 57 has everything going for it that the 10yo version has. Those classic Talisker tones are delicious. All in all I’d say the 57 is worth trying, especially if you’re already a fan of the 10yo or Storm versions of Talisker.

Here’s Horst Luening with his thoughts on You Tube (November 2014):

Talisker 57 Degrees North NAS 20cl

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