Talisker Storm

70cl / 45.8%
  • Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Talisker Storm
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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. Talisker Storm seems likely to be a huge hit.
Distillery Bottling


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • 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.

58 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    6 September

    I never drink scotch but a friend made me try it. Loved the smokey richness in it. Went out and bought two bottles

  • 5
    28 July

    This is by far my favorite whisky. It tastes rich from the start and ends even better. It is my standard, and I have found nothing comparable.

  • 5
    19 June

    Love this single malt! The increase in smoke and spices has made Storm my choice before the 10 yo. Pairs so well with many of my favorite cigars. It is a staple in my cabinet!

  • 3
    14 June

    Big improvement over the regular Talisker. A much richer flavour. I was sceptical about this, as I consider the regular Talisker a bit bland, but it was on offer at a price too good to miss. I'm very glad I gave it a chance. Three and a half stars.

  • 1
    1 June

    I'm new to drinking whiskey...like only been a fan for 3 months even though I'm 52 ! But I'm loving trying out different types so time will tell what my faves will be. Unfortunately Talisker Storm will not be amongst them. I cannot comment on nose and palate as I'm not experienced enough...but I did find this way too smoky and a charcoal tinge to taste...with a lingering smoky medicinal after taste which I found unpleasant. I have tried Jura superstition which was a tad smoky and peaty and that was much better than this. I won't be buying this again.

  • 4
    29 May

    Damn fine scotch, NAS be damned. It has just enough of that smokey, peaty goodness along with a slightly sweet and flavorful finish to make this offering from the Isle of Skye one of my favorite single malts I've drank in recent memory. If I cannot get Laphrohaig 10, this is definitely my scotch of choice! (Plus, it was on sale!)

  • 4
    20 May

    I don't think this is as good as Talisker 10 Year Old or Distiller's Edition, but it is still a very nice, drinkable whisky, if you like it smoky and peaty (but not near Laphroaig level) with a salty edge. If you like Johnnie Walker Black you'll probably like this (as there's Talisker in JW).

  • 5
    18 May

    Left the Glencairn unwashed overnight with a cover on it. Was suprised the next morning to pick up a slight aroma of rotten egg. Could this come from the burning of a sulphur candle to fumigate this sherry cask? Of course, the smokey peat was still strong.

  • 2
    17 March

    Did not enjoy

  • 4
    10 March

    If like me your wary of non age designation whisky, don't be with this offering. Burnt toffee, smoke, chilli, spice and warmth. What a great glass. It is of course Talisker so be wary those who like the Glen whatever's.

  • 5
    19 February

    Bought this for myself as a birthday treat. The pepperiness alluded to in the sales pitch does not disappoint. A sweet honey taste on the first sip lours you into the warm peppery taste which lasts in the mouth as whisky slips down smoothly. Wonderful blend - and irrespective of "age" this oozes quality and "ok, I'll have another".

  • 5
    18 February

    Nose is honeyed, but on retreat to about one inch from the glass(Glencairn) lip the struck match comes through. Certainly smokey and peaty, but much more mellow than Laphroaig or Ardbeg. Fruits come through also. Taste is IMO immediately spices then fruits. Of course, smoke and peat are strong in presence. Finish is long and IMO spicey. Overall, as a Ardbeg and Laphroaig fan, this is a very pleasant change or alternative. I bought one bottle from a large chain supermarket, tasted it, then bought a second bottle. Both came in a duffel coat type container as opposed to the box. A very nice peated whisky which is a good alternative to the Kildalton distillery products. For what it is meant to be it deserves a high rating imo

  • 5
    23 January

    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.

  • 5
    14 January

    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.

  • 5
    7 January

    This is most enjoyable .

  • 4
    27 December 2015

    Quite light smokey flavour. Very pleasant after taste. This was a gift, immediately looked it up. Definitely on my wish list. Recommended.

  • 5
    24 December 2015

    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.

  • 4
    19 December 2015

    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.

  • 5
    5 December 2015

    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

  • 2
    30 November 2015

    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.

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