Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Heavily Charred Casks
45.8 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
22 Jun 2013 7:15 pm

Average value

€ 72.30

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401 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Dark Storm

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.67 points

  1. pgmguy scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Colour: Copper
    Nose: neat: smoky, peaty, sea-side maritime notes (although nothing to do with an Islay, it's very Talisker). there's also some sweet licqour-like notes. with water: now the sweetness comes forward, also more salty. otherwise remains with the same profile.
    Taste: neat: some peat, sweet but not honey sweet, very spicy , grassy, some leather and wood notes. I find it balanced, with good complexity and alcohol is under control (it's easily drinkable neat). with water: unchanged.
    Finish: medium-long duration, mainly on some peat and spices (heavy tingle on the tongue!). with water: as in the mouth, water doesn't really add much, despite being relatively high alcohol.
    Comments: love this whisky. it was matured (finished?) in heavily charred casks (or alligator, as it's known in the USA). Despite being a NAS whisky, it doesn't feel like young whisky. It's generally known that sometimes NAS, or no-age-statement, is used to cover very young whisky and the fact it's generaly overpriced. It has good complexity of flavours, very Talisker, good balance and alcohol is well mastered. I also feel it is good value for money (it's a 1 Litre bottle).
    MY SCORE: Highly Recommended

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    a Talisker who wanted to do something new
    but it is not quite done yet
    a tasty whisky
    which leaves no lasting impression
    I could not define my love for Talisker through him
    an always welcomed dram
    • Nose
      blind I would not have typed here on Talisker
      Nevertheless an interesting experience because so very different
      an association with cold chicken soup with vegetables
      something burned and alcohol
      Delicate licorice, blackberry leaves, currants and again soot
    • Taste
      the nose did not invite me to drink ...
      but he fills the mouth pleasantly smoky and intense
      the Talisker comes first in the back third of the tongue
      dark berry chocolate with salt
      > weak maritime note> beautiful sharpness
    • Finish
      Salt, pepper, smoke,> licorice> soot> slightly bitter, stimulating
      dry medium long

  3. Samy Malthead scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very easy to drink. Dangerous! The 1l bottle will not last long. Combines the typical Talisker values with good seasoning on the one hand, but also a certain lightness. You don't notice the typical 45.8%. Slightly flatter than the 10yo, but a great daily dram!

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion a young but good malt, which is cheap in the liter bottle in travel retail.
    • Nose
      pleasant smoke, sweetness, grapes, seasoning;
    • Taste
      full-bodied fruity onset, blackberries, chili, pepper, cold smoke, oily and warming, young not complex;
    • Finish
      medium length finish; in the end, pepper and smoke;

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I am undecided. The departure can not inspire me, but can also be due to the daily form. Otherwise he is strong, young, peaty.
    • Nose
      very smoky for a Talisker, raw peat, as in young Islay whisky, but just as young, that is a little new-makeish in its fruitiness. Later something maritime and a little vanilla is added.
    • Taste
      strong, peaty, smoky, tingling, peppery. Very straight the whole.
    • Finish
      surprisingly bitter, almost bitter (daytime?), the peat is not nearly as strong anymore, a bit menthol.

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    With a fairly wide palette of derivatives, molt is very simple, one-dimensional, no frills and reasons for thoughtful tasting.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, lemon peel, herbs, light peat notes, coated tablets, some boiled vegetables, nuts, spiced wood, mineral shades.
    • Taste
      Slightly dense, if you can say so, calm, oak, lemon peel, lemon pepper, ginger, pill bitterness, bitter-sweet herbal tones.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, lemon zest, pepper, herbal notes.

  7. whiskyd scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Really drinkable and enjoyable - could be a bit more punchy but is sufficient for a daily dram - anyway I like this one
    • Nose
      Intense, peaty, smoky, citrusy, bonfire - a little bit Ardbeg-like - really not bad
    • Taste
      Oily, rather sweet, peat, smoke, tobacco, more citrus fruits, cooked oranges - very good
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm

  10. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light campfire smoke, sweet blueberries and raspberries with vanilla sauce. Wood dust, dry gravel.
    • Taste
      Dark fruits with honey and pepper. Lavender with an artificial sweetness. Dark chocolate, oak, cleared campfire.


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