Talisker Storm70cl / 45.8%
- Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Talisker Storm Reviews
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 NotesNose: 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.
46 Customer Reviews
First proper foray into whisky after years of saying I didn't like it. I love this! Not over powering like other whisky I've tried. It still has a kick and u have to put in a bit of water to tame it. Just lovely.
just finished the bottle. We had a few friends round over xmas and this was my choice for the evening. Not one person made a bad comment on the Talisker storm. It went down very well . Even the ladies enjoyed . I love it It just did what it says and that's all we ask. Lovely tones. Its on my new order list I assure you.
This is most enjoyable .
Quite light smokey flavour. Very pleasant after taste. This was a gift, immediately looked it up. Definitely on my wish list. Recommended.
You absolutely must let it rest. This is obvious to most scotch lovers, but I occasionally see reviews where only the smoky/medicinal nature is noted. Let it rest. This is a fine whisky that always transports me to a place of warmth, thought, and introspection.
As an individual taking his first tentative steps into the world of whisky I found this Scotch undeniably tasty. One can really taste the salty and sweet contrast which I found to be utterly exquisite. Anyone looking for a decent malt whisky for that cheeky winter toddy can't go far wrong in purchasing this tipple.
I usually drink Oban so nothing else to compare to. This storm is different but I like it just as much. It is gentler than Oban but still delicious powerful and enjoyable. Not an expert, just like my occasional drink on a cold winter night
Not a fan. Bought this having been drinking the normal 10 year old for years. Harsh is the word that comes to mind and reminds me of the cheap Island malts sold as super market owns. I will definitely not be buying this again.
Not a fan of the smokey flavor. It was my bad for not reviewing more. If you like the smokey flavor then this is a scotch for you.
Enjoyed this one. Very light smoke taste, easy to drink. May add a bottle to my collection for the winter.