Talisker Storm

70cl / 45.8%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Talisker Storm
Web Exclusive Price £41.25 £34.38 ex VAT (£58.93 per litre)
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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.
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.

96 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    29 November

    Got a bottle of this for my birthday today. Don't have a lot of experience with scotch, but it's good. Nicely complex, bit of an ocean flavor (though some of that could be me being primed to expect an ocean flavor due to the theming and packaging). Was on sale for $15, and at that price, I'd certainly recommend it! It's not worth full price for me personally, but if you're someone big into whiskey, it might be for you.

  • 4
    7 October

    Picked a bottle of this up in Asda for ?33, fairly pleased with the product and I think the price is reasonable. Taste: Big on the Talisker trademark; smoky, briny and peppery with a lingering sweet bitterness in the background. Now, with regards to the price/special editions status of this whiskey, it is young; clearly. However I will give Talisker a pass on this one, this edition is more spiky and lively that the 10 year old. Different product, different experience and it stands out on its own...45/8% ABV! Great!

  • 3
    9 September

    Don't get suckered into this whisky – avoid buying unless you can find it deservedly on sale for $40 bucks or so. Just like Oban Little Bay, you want to like a scotch from a reputable distillery, but these no-age-statement special editions aren't nearly as good as the standard releases. This is an obviously-young whisky with the Talisker trademarks. There's too much alcohol bur – if I paid $60-70 bucks for this, I'd be pretty miffed. It's interesting to check out if it's cheaply available, but you might as well just buy the 10 year if it's at the same price. Might be interesting to taste this in an old fashioned or something.

  • 1
    5 September

    This tastes like a bandaid soaked in vodka.

  • 5
    17 July

    Very nice. A sip of it brings you back to Scotland

  • 5
    9 July

    Totally delightful...

  • 5
    19 June

    Very good

  • 5
    5 April

    Best single malt smoky whisky tasted - leaves you with a feeling of pleasure from the smell to the taste to the afters.

  • 5
    1 April

    Tried last night and it was really pleasant . Not too overwhelming for 45.8 Vol. whisky.

  • 5
    13 February

    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.

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