Whisky Review: Talisker Neist Point

Category: Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Talisker Distillery

Bottling: Diageo

ABV: 45.8%

Cost: £92.40 buy from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Talisker Neist Point

Named after the headland on the Isle of Skye’s westernmost shore, Neist Point’s depth of flavour showcases the Talisker distillery’s supreme skill and flair – combining spicy, powerful, rich and sweet elements from a hand-selected palette of rare, smooth matured stocks to create an intense Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Appearance:

Deep yellow gold, with copper lights.

Nose:

Immediate traces of spent match and peppery spice rise above clear maritime notes of brine and seaweed, to introduce a sweet, soft malty layer of fresh-baked bread and ripe red fruits with a hint of fresh planed wood.

Body:

Smoothly substantial, pleasing and firm.

Palate:

Sweet at first, then salty and slightly honeyed, then savoury – rather like beefy, highly seasoned homemade potato chips – before giving way to glorious dark chocolate laced with chilli pepper

Finish:

Sublime. Long, warming and unmistakable. Hot-smoked and minty, with later hints of wood ash, dark chocolate ginger and beach tar. Growing cooler, with subdued, late chilli heat and a last, lingering savoury smokiness.

What I say:

Originally released for the Travel Retail Market, Talisker Nesit Point is named after the westernmost tip of the Isle of Skye (home to the Talisker Distillery). An expensive (dearer then the standard Talisker 18yo) no age statement whisky, reportedly produced from some of the finer casks on offer at the distillery (sounds like marketing and PR nonsense). A representative from Diageo once attempted to explain that these NAS bottlings are more difficult to make due to the time and care required to identify all the extra wonderful casks – which implies they have rather a lot of not so wonderful casks to scour through to find them…? Anyway as a big fan of Talisker’s usual expressions I was glad to try something new/a little different from them.

Colour:

Full amber gold (10/20), medium-large tears leave oily medium legs becoming fine

Nose:

Toffee, toffee-covered popcorn, orange peel and zest, marmalade with ginger, old rope, hessian sacking, smoked sea salt and sea spray

Taste:

Smooth, medium-bodied, toffee, caramel and butterscotch, hints of leather and salted caramel ice-cream, old rope, hessian bungcloth, pear drops and pineapple cube sweeties / estery, coppery metallic, slightly youthful and abrasive on the palate

Finish:

Medium, sweet and drying, old spice

Overall:

To say I have tasted better is an understatement. Sadly this is Talisker Nil Points for me. I wondered if they were trying to produce here a whisky for people who don’t actually like Talisker as they seem to have missed all its best points by a wide margin. Sadly my inner cynic would have to agree that this seems to be overpriced and underaged whisky released purely for profit. I was happier when it was confined to travel retail but poor sales there have driven this into general distribution. Buy 3 bottles of Talisker 10 year old or snag their 18 instead for less!

Score: 72/100

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