Talisker is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky made on the Isle of Skye beside the shore of Loch Harport in the jagged shadow of the peaks of The Cuillin.
Founded in 1830 by Hugh MacAskill, Talisker distillery remains faithful to traditional values. A hundred and eighty years of knowledge has been passed down through generations of distillers.
The result is this much prized whisky, described by famous Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson as the “the king o’ drinks”. Made by the sea in every sense, the powerful peat smoke and maritime character of Talisker reflects its storm-lashed surroundings.
A pure expression of Talisker from American Oak refill cask, 57° North is bottled at 57% ABV (100 proof) to honour the latitude of the distillery. Sweet to start, it explodes with smoke and volcanic pepper.
Photography from Cailean Maclean
“This turbulent winter image looks across a cold and stormy Lock Savaig to where the dark mountains of Skye, their outlines dimly glimised behind the crashing wave, rise above the warring sea and rocks”
Nose: The nose is very pungent and full. Notes of sour citrus develop with rich peat smoke. Hints of peppered oak and notes of sea spray pounding stones and a little kelp.
Palate: The palate is thick and full. Creamy manuka honey and lemon juice, notes of peppered oak and spice, a little butter perhaps and plenty of dry wood.
Finish: The finish is long with black pepper and oak.
Talisker 57° North takes its name from this remote, rugged and windswept distillery’s latitude. And rightly so, because this is an untamed, natural expression of the Talisker’s full power: a volcanic, intensely appealing flavour that most drinkers will have only experienced in a cask strength bottling.
Appearance: Full gold.
Nose: Clean and intense, with the light smoke of a struck match. Creamy toffee balanced by fruit. Hints of seaweed, heather blossom and vanilla.
Body: Explosive, intense and smoky.
Palate: Sweet, with smoke and tar exploding around the middle – evoking the raw volcanic power which formed Skye’s famous Black Cuillin mountains.
Finish: Oily, tingling with the signature pepperiness. Smoother with water.
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*Info taken from bottle