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Talisker ‘Neist Point’ (2016, OB, 45,8%)

The very last trouvaille from the House Talisker (a tormented house, these days, and controversial as all the icons that find themselves forced to change their image – or better, that try and reconstruct their character under an image that is not so different from the past) is a NAS that will only be available in Travel Retail: called Neist Point, it is grafted in the Skye/Storm/Dark Storm trunk, but at the higher branch, since it costs about 100/120€. Curious as we are and avid of experiences, we diligently nose and taste.

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N: even if we don’t know about the age, the peat is quite alive and robust: with full notes of oil, tar and bonfires. There’s also quite a strong sweetness, very sticky, on caramel and cola, licorice (very sweet, it’s almost a licorice gum). Caramelised apples? Very ripe oranges? Chinotto? Banana, for sure. All this to the detriment of some Talisker hallmarks, like salt and spices: if waves and salted water are completely absent, black pepper stays aside and we only find a small, distant hint of cinnamon.

P: a bit waek, we must say, surely not explosive. All the flavours are quite intense and clearly detectable, even if a bit simple: it bets everything on peat/smoke and sweetness, and it’s all a bit too loud. Licorice, a lot of, then wood, creme caramel, cola and stewed fruit. No coastal notes, a vague pepper and some deep peat smoke.

F: burnt wood and honey, caramel and burnt wood. In short, sweetness and burnt wood.

The wood takes it all, covering many facets of the distillery’s character. It’s kind of bidimiensional: good, can’t deny it, but it really lacks in restoring all the complexity that runs out of Talisker stills – complexity that, for example, you still can find in the delightful 18 years old, that more or less costs like this, sometimes even less. Of course it’s subjective, but we wouldn’t spend 100€ for this: pleasant but too simple, 84/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Tom Jones – The Lonely One.

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