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Talisker Storm Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Talisker

Talisker is a single malt whisky produced at the Isle of Skye on the North of Scotland. Talisker has really worked hard to have his whisky related to the maritime tradition of Skye habitants and this whisky is just an step further.


Talisker Storm was introduced in the range at beginnings of 2013 as a “more Talisker” dram. In contrast with their introductory Talisker 10 years old, Storm has no age statement. Really I care very little about age statements but the problem ( the big problem ) with all the round of NAS whiskies we are seeing lately is that although first batches of most of them are reasonably good the producers may be tempted ( by the dark side ) to introduce younger and younger whiskies into the mix so they can reply faster to demand.

I am not stating on the other hand that older means better as good cask control and ageing is absolutely a must if you don’t want to end with an overwoody whisky ( Chivas 12 years old anyone?! )

Anyway… the whisky

“The nose of this Talisker Storm is fantastic but the palate is a bit flat. Anyway it is a great whisky to know Talisker”

Talisker Storm Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. peat, honey, pepper, citrus, vanilla, apples, spices, cloves. Sweet, with a good amount of peat and spices

Palate (89): powerful, oily. honey, peat, pepper, wood, spices, citrus.

Finish (89): longer than average. peat, spices, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Talisker Storm Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky with 90 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

I was not huge fan of Talisker. After tasting North 57 and 10 years old I really realized that the smoky peppery thing of Talisker wasn’t for me… but one day, one bad day, I tasted Talisker 25 years old and oh man! That was different stuff.

This Talisker Storm is a really exciting whisky were nose is fantastic but the palate isn’t still there. Nonetheless it is a whisky that I have enjoyed a lot, even more than their 10 years old. I will try to grab a sample of the new one finished in Port Casks to see what they have done.

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