Talisker Storm

70cl / 45.8%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Talisker Storm
Web Exclusive Price £39.95 £33.29 ex VAT (£57.07 per litre)
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Customer Rating
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.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Country
Scotland
Region
Island
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Orange Orange
  • Brine Brine
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Oak Oak
  • Stewed Fruit Stewed Fruit

Talisker Storm Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    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.

    Body: Medium.

    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.

87 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    10 days ago

    Sweet salty smoky pepper this stuff is NAS? Tastes better than the 10 year old to me! Significantly. Is it less delicate and balanced than the 10? Maybe. But I'll be damned if it isn't deeper, fuller and more flavorful. This is Talisker, through and through. If you're here rating it a one star because you've never tasted remotely smoky whisky before, stick to Jack and Coke - and don't rate things you don't understand.

  • 4
    1 February

    I tend to like smoke and pepper and so was pleased with finding that. Combined with sweet fruit, salt, oak and caramel the flavors bled into each other well; making me wonder what, and if a blend, the ages of the blends are used to create this. Very good.

  • 1
    29 January

    This is quite possibly the most overwhelming Single Malt ever to fill a glass. While I am by no means an expert, I never thought I would see such regard for this bottle. The flavor is simply that of burned wood, I imagine this is what the tar on your backyard grill would tast if it where whisky. At little sweet on the approach, this has been described (by my friends) as nauseating to drink. I have tried to serve this to guests several times. Not one person has finished a glass. So if you live in the Chicago area, the bottle is yours. Please, please take it.

  • 1
    25 January

    Unfortunately I left it to the last minute to buy a bottle of Talisker for Burns night. I was confronted with a choice of either Sky or Storm, having previously drunk the triple distilled version I wasn't familiar with either option. I opted for the Sky version and was presented with a whisky that was very, very poor. It was unlike any Talisker I have drunk before, very disappointed.

  • 5
    7 January

    The ideal Breakfast Scotch ;)

  • 5
    30 December 2017

    This Storm is replacing my sadly empty Talisker 10. I am a huge Talisker fan and this did not disappoint me, if you already like Talisker this should not dissapoint. If it’s your first bottle, get the 10 year so you know what to compare this to.

  • 5
    28 December 2017

    A little up front on the nose but quickly rounds out with a swish around the mouth, pleasant and definitely a salt component with honey and a superb finish. Smooth and tasty, worth every penny.

  • 5
    20 December 2017

    I am no purist nut I am a beekeeper and can attest to both smoke and honey! This is a feast for the senses. Reading Seamus Heaney makes it all the better.

  • 4
    18 December 2017

    Pleasantly surprised. Tried on a whim after seeing it on sale. It was 100% worth it.

  • 4
    6 December 2017

    Relatively new to the world of single malts, and this is my first drop of any of Talisker's offerings. It packs quite a punch for me personally so I drink it with a drop of water, but after a few sips, you get used to it, and it sort of mellows out a bit and you can begin to detect the sweeter, creamier notes followed by a peppery bite and a peaty finish. I am actually quite partial to peated single malts (which is unusual for a 33 year old lass, or so I am told!) having enjoyed several bottles of Laphroaig, but I think that as a fan of Aberlour and Glenfiddich varieties the Talisker Storm is just a tad too peppery for my palate.

  • 4
    3 December 2017

    One of the best deals for island scotch, it's of surprising flavour and complexity for a NAS whisky. In terms of how it tastes, it's pretty much what is says: Taliker's NAS whisky with some extra kick. I have had far more expensive scotchs which had far inferior taste. If you like island whiskeys definitely give this one a try.

  • 1
    17 November 2017

    I've tried several varieties of whiskey over the last several years. A majority of them I will buy again. This will definitely not be one of them.

  • 5
    11 November 2017

    You know, I'm not the person who judges single malts or any fine spirit by its taste. It's where it brings you that is important and how it leaves you in the morning without any lingering side effects. I truely believe that Storm reached a certain untouched, virgin if you will, part of my cortex that just sent me above my body and into a zone I never visited. That was with only with two ozs. and a splash of branch. You won't need more. What a delightful gift from my older brother on my 68th birthday. This my friends is absolutely the best Scotch whiskey on the planet!! Enjoy.

  • 3
    6 November 2017

    Varies by the batch. I've had quite good Storm that is like the mother-brand except a little sharper to the palate. And I've had stingy Storm - like the one I'm sipping now - that might have a better use as antiseptic.

  • 5
    18 October 2017

    1st time... birthday gift from my son...smoky peaty goodness with a smooth spicy finish that lasts

  • 5
    10 September 2017

    This is the malt that got me started into peated scotch, and it remains right up there in my top 5 whiskys. A wonderful play off between fruit (mainly orange), peppery spice, and the renowned Talisker smoke and peat. An excellent dram.

  • 5
    31 August 2017

    :-)

  • 4
    5 August 2017

    The sweet, creamy fragrance like bananas and honey throughout the glass really adds a delightful layer to this dram. The palate is slightly lacking(compared to the complexity of the fragrance) and the roughness of young whiskeys cannot be completely masked. Palate-wise I prefer the Laphroig 10, but overall a good dram

  • 2
    2 June 2017

    A Talisker Storm is a rare weather phenomenon where 3 year old whisky feels like lightning when it hits your tongue

  • 5
    10 April 2017

    superb warm tasting dram

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