Whisky Review: Talisker Storm
Category: Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Origin: Talisker Distillery
Cost: £40.00 buy from Master of Malt
What they say:
Talisker Storm offers the drinker Talisker’s full maritime majesty, all unfettered elemental power and confidence.
In a sentence… An intensely dark, smoky, more brooding Talisker with swirling notes of wood, brine and spice that puts you right at the heart of a storm at sea.
Powerful, fresh-clean and growing in complexity like a gathering storm to reveal a sweet maltiness with ripe red berry fruit. Eventually well integrated mellow smoke drifts across the scene as a wild sea turns up briny, fresh clean notes, and an oily explosion of pepper.
At first 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.
Drier and of medium-length, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which light peaty burnt embers can be found.
What I say:
The first of the recent no age statement whisky releases from Talisker Distillery was this Storm expression. The Storm expression presents with a greater level of peat influence than the standard Talisker bottling although how this was achieved I can only guess? As the barley is malted at the Glen Ord maltings near Inverness perhaps peatier batches of malt were made to produce this?
Full amber gold (10/20), large oily tears leave finer legs
Smoky peat, dark chocolate, malty barley, sweet putty and linseed oil, a mixture of banana and butterscotch angel delight, tarry rope
Black pepper spice, butterscotch, smoky and woody, tinny/metallic, ripe banana and chilli pepper, tar
Long, spiced but quite closed with persisting oily/tar/bitumen
Quite simple with lots of peppery smoke, I have to admit it is not Talisker’s smoky side that draws me to it and isolating these elements for presentation in this whisky for me didn’t do it many favours. An interesting/educational expression but not one I’d like to drink a lot more of neat – I’d rather have a Lagavulin instead!
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