Talisker, 57 Degrees North, Island, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (57%)

Talisker, 57 Degrees North, Island, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (57%)

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Talisker, 57 Degrees North, Island, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (57%)


Highlighting the latitudinal position of the distillery - one of the most remote and northerly at its rugged home on the Isle of Skye, Talisker 57° North has no age statement. Drawn from 100% American oak refill casks, it has a purity which emphasises Talisker’s unique and intense distillery character. Clean and intense, with light smoke like a struck match. Creamy toffee balanced by fruit. Hints of seaweed, heather blossom and vanilla.

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Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye

Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye

Talisker is one of the most remote distilleries, lodged far from any neighbour in the small coastal community of Carbost at the head of Loch Harport.

It was in 1825 that Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill came here from the smaller island of Eigg, first to bring sheep to Skye, leasing Macleod land at Carbost. They built Talisker Distillery in 1830 against the fiery protestations of the former parish Minister, the Rev. Roderick Macleod, who declared this "one of the greatest curses that... could befall it or any other place”. Disaster struck the distillery in November 1960, which was then still coal-fired, when fire burned down the still-room. The distillery was rebuilt fastidiously around exact copies of the old stills.

Today, Talisker is one of the single malts in Diageo’s portfolio since 1988. A great deal is marketed as single malt, but Talisker is a part of the Johnnie Walker and White Horse blends too.

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Skye is home to only one distillery, but my, what a distillery. One of Diageos finest, Talisker is a highly distinctive whisky with a strong, smoky, peaty flavour because both the malt and the water used to make it are heavily peated.

Talisker was built in 1831 and named after Talisker House which was traditionally the residence of the eldest son of the Macleod clan.

The stills are great onion-shaped kettles, richly gleaming and radiating heat, with ever-narrowing swan-neck tops which gracefully lead their vapours away through the stillroom wall to cool and condense beyond. There are five stills at Talisker, two large ones for the first distillation and three smaller for the final. Their precise size and shape, even the angle at which the swan-neck lies, are vital to the continuing production of spirit with the authentic Talisker signature in aroma and flavour.

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Intense,big. Farmyard by the shore. Dry straw,briny whiff. Then a fruit note spring up. Autumn fruit. Apples and pears and sultanas.
Palate: Lusciously velvety. Deceitfully smooth then a spicy outburst shakes the tastebuds. The sweetness comes back with maltynotes.
Finish: Soothing on caramelised nuts. Hint of nougat. Touch of smoke. Salty feel.
The palate does not show as much complexity as the nose and finish. But a rich interesting character.
Martine Nouet, Whisky Magazine

Back to smoke, this time with an added leathery note. Smoldering leaves,malt,cypress wood. Smooths slightly with water but still robust with dense smoke,salted fish,dried seaweed. Oily rich and rewarding. Would be great with sashimi.
Palate: Slow and chewy. Fine grip. Broad and complex. Needs water to bring out a mix of dry/charred smoky notes.
Finish: Long,tingling.
The polar opposite to Talisker 18. Rugged and warming.
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