Talisker Storm (45.8%, OB, 2019)
- ABV: 45.8%
- Age: NAS
- Bottling: OB, Diageo
- Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £38.95 available from The Whisky Exchange
- Origin: Talisker Distillery
- Vintage: undeclared
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.
Official tasting notes:
- Appearance: Full gold.
- Nose: 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.
- Body: Medium.
- Palate: 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.
- Finish: Drier and of medium-length, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which light peaty burnt embers can be found.
What I say
Another re-visit, this time Talisker’s Storm expression. Another no age statement expression released back in 2013. This expression accentuates the smoky and spicy nature of Talisker using re-charred ex-bourbon casks.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Amber gold (10/20), medium tears and long, medium legs.
- Nose: Orange liqueur/Cointreau, honey, peat smoke, mineralic, flinty, tarry ropes, shellfish.
- Taste: Intensely smoky, spiced and salty, black pepper, liqourice, black jack sweeties, treacle toffee, mace, smoked scallop meat, sweet & salty.
- Finish: Long, spiced, charred oak, cinnamon spice.
Full of tarry and bitumen-like notes, that smoky char is really evident here.
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