Released in early 2013, Talisker Storm has all the warm, smoky, peppery characteristics we all love in the standard Talisker 10yo - but they've been turned up a notch, with more smoke, more spices, and a bigger than ever flavour explosion. Talisker Storm seems likely to be a huge hit.
Nose: Rich and unexpectedly honeyed initially. Then some pleasing singed oaky notes and bandagey aromas. Now bonfire smoke comes through. There even seems to be some milk chocolate and appley fruit lurking in the rear. Everything in place; all very promising.
Palate: Medium-full, the usual Diageo polished mouthfeel, with initial honey and then a very decent dose of hot smoke. The oak is there too, with vanilla and some (actually quite polite) peppery spices. The young whisky component is well-masked and the whole is rather more restrained in terms of mouthfeel than I expected, but the flavour intensity is, in my opinion, unarguably greater than the standard Talisker 10, which to be honest I have found surprisingly tame of late. Gets sweeter towards the death as the pepper lingers, counterpointed with unexpected sweet fruit and even a note of strawberry liquorice which somehow works very well.
Finish: Woody and spicy without becoming bitter. Good length. Sweetness returns at the death.
Comment: As a NAS malt, perhaps this isn't one for the purists - but as a good-quality drinking whisky in its price range, it probably deserves to be.
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Salty (as you'd hope), with lime and orange peels, touches of mud and pine, damp blankets, woody spice and some caramel sweetness hiding underneath. Behind all of it is a layer of woody smoke, maybe with a few leaves thrown onto the fire for good measure.
Palate: Sweet and syrupy up front, quickly followed by ferns and bitter woody bark in a bit of a balancing act. Riding along with that is prickly white pepper, rock pool brine, a touch of sweet fruit and a nice waxiness. Again behind everything, standing a little separate but waving at all of the other flavours is woody smoke - beach bonfires and pungent peat.
Finish: Warm and peppery with some sweet dark wood.
Comment: Does what it says on the tin - regular Talisker (salty, smoky and a little bit sweet) turned up a bit (saltier, smokier and a little bit sweeter in places). Unlike the hypothetical NAS whiskies that many people seem to fear (and which generally haven't appeared) this doesn't taste like it's hiding younger spirit behind a flashy label - it's a nice whisky, even if it won't set your world on fire.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Nose: At first restrained yet spicy, with a hint of struck matches; fresh-clean and growing in complexity like a gathering storm to reveal a honeyed sweet maltiness with ripe red berry fruit. Eventually a little well integrated mellow smoke drifts across the scene as a wild sea turns up briny, fresh clean notes, and an oily explosion of pepper.
Palate: At first sweetly mellow and rich in the mouth then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through. It’s as if the pure, tongue-coating sweetness joins hands with a deep nutty smokiness to embrace those spicier notes. The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added.
Finish: Clean and of medium length, warming, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which late peaty burnt embers can be found.
Customer Reviews: (12 reviews)
being a fan of the 10 year old i decided to give the storm a go. the flavour is a fair bit more intense than the 10 year old. first off you get a strong brine, then a honey sweetness followed by the pepper, bonfire smoke and oak. really pleasant drinking.
- anonymous, 12th February
Really easy-drinking whisky...probably one of the smoothest scotches I've ever tasted; no burning sensation in the throat from the extra alcohol either, just the enticing peppery finish. I think it's smokier/peatier than the talisker 10 but not by much according to my slightly withered taste buds, although it's been nearly a year since I sampled the talisker 10.
- Adam, 12th Nov '13
I normally drink Isla whiskeys but this is really hitting the spot, would buy again.
- Robin from Barton Seagrave, 21st Sep '13
We've been enjoying this one over the last month. Interesting how people are saying its more smoky than Talisker 10. For me Id agree with Rummidge. Its smoother... more briny, more maritime than the 10. Less of the smash you in the face, more give you a glancing slap. Lovely in the glass, and between 30-35 pounds you can argue it punches its weight although at 40 quid there are MUCH better options out there.
- Sean Sankey, 8th Aug '13
Good Whisky, tasty!
- anonymous, 29th May '13
Sounds like what some Ardbegians hoped Ardbog might be
- Ardbummed, 14th May '13
This is a very nice Talisker. Not really that much of a 'storm' though. In fact, it has a rather lovely sweetness and smoothness which makes it an eminently drinkable. If you like the 10 you will love this. I recommend you buy 2 bottles!
- Rummidgie, 22nd Apr '13
While it isn't the classic Islay peat, there is a definite zingy smokiness to Talisker that most lovers of peaty whisky will enjoy. It may not be your father's normal dram, but it should definitely be something for him to enjoy.
- TWE Admin, 19th Mar '13
Thinking of my buying my dad this for his birthday, hes a fan of very 'peaty' whiskeys, my mum says the stuff he usually drinks taste like a mouthful of soil, would you say this is a good choice?
- anonymous, 19th Mar '13
Talisker 10 is a classic ...end of, this whisky is more expensive,younger in style,less rounded not as drinkable...lovely nose but too bitter for me or maybe that's the peaty burnt embers!
- Skyboy, 8th Mar '13
@Rico That's right. There is no age statement for this one.
- TWE Admin, 25th Feb '13
@ TWE: Is this a NAS whisky?
- rico, 25th Feb '13
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