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Talisker Dark Storm

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Heavily Charred Casks
45.8 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
26 Mar 2016 11:48 am by KonstUA

Average value

€ 62.70

Whisky Reviews for Talisker Dark Storm

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.40 points

  1. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A delicious Talisker, the finish is disappointing, but the nose and taste are better than the usual Talisker NAS. A malt to enjoy without much philosophizing.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh, lime zest, yellow apple, toffee, pepper, walnut, salty, maritime
    • Taste
      84 84
      Black pepper, ashes, Virginia cigar, seaweed, caramel, mussels, tangerine, honeywort
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short-middle length, cream, toffee, maritime

  2. wombat157 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    An intensely smoky whisky, which shows strong wood aromas and fruit at the beginning; those disappear, however, after some time, the whisky becomes quite watery. One can guess some sherry barrels involved. In my opinion, the character is more like a Lagavulin 16 than a Talisker, although the character is not quite as intense.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Pure: Intense smoke (cold ash), dark fruit (plum), slightly medicinal (gauze bandages), herbs, white pepper, some alcohol, which disappears gradually; sweet and fleshy aromas.
      Good aeration helps the aromas to become clearer.

      With water: the whisky weakens even with little water, the aromas simply become thinner.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Oakbarrel, cold ash, dark fruit and herbs (rosemary, thyme); mouthcoating dryness. Warming. Really intense at first, then somehow it loses it in the development
    • Finish
      84 84
      Relatively long-lasting; becomes sweeter over time, woody, the ash remains.

  3. Lakerfield scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    To answer your question directly, yes the Talisker 10 is better. The Dark Storm is a tasty whisky though, the development is just lacking. It does its thing but although being a travel retail exclusive, doesn't take you on a journey. 
    • Nose
      Ground pepper and smoky bacon fill the nose, accompanied by light lemony notes. Malt, sour apple, floral, slight sherry, peat smoke, chili pepper. It also reminds me of Zubrowka, a Polish vodka flavoured with a strand of bison grass (Prefer that to any plain vodka on a side note). Straightforward nose, nothing too complex.
    • Taste
      Thin mouthfeel although a big oak and pepper explosion. Black pepper, salt, red chili's, alcohol heat, peat, campfire smoke, slight iodine. Classic coastal flavours but it gets a little harsh and doesn't develop much. Could use some water/oxidization.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Hot, smoky and ashy finish. I can still taste this a few minutes later. After taking a deep breath a note of dark chocolate pops up, that surprised me positively.

  4. d1scostu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Tim-R scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      71 71

  6. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. KOQ24 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Smoke, Honey, black Pepper, Grapes, Caramel, Chocolate, Salt, spices

    Honey, Caramel, Ash, Tobacco, Chocolate, Licorice,Ginger.
    Much less Black Pepper than other Talisker Malts.

    long and surprisingly smooth for a Talisker

    A worthy addition to the Talisker Range.
    Noticeably sweeter and less smokey than the rest of Talisker's Range.
    People who couldn't get into Talisker because of it's spiciness and smokiness might want to try this Version.
    Price Point is absolutely o.k.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      100 100

  8. Shalfei scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    Against the background, the port of Ri was completely lost, young and prickly, but Tali's trademark notes could be found.
    • Nose
      Apple clarified juice, ash, dust, smoke, slightly burned sugar
    • Taste
      Young, prickly, fairly dense, pepper and sweet spices
    • Finish
      Simple, short, apple bones, ash, soot.

  9. vojt466 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    https://www.malts.com/en-ca/our-whisky-collection/talisker/talisker-dark-storm/ Possibly and a little less characteristic of Talisker, which is, of course, a nice surprise in the NAS edition of this distillery. Good for me and the price is not as hot as one would expect.

  10. Grutslurp scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Better than I expected. Makes me think of Lagavulin 16, only this is slightly improved. Too sweet though.
    • Nose
      Maritime peat & (very) sweet sherry, petrol, salt & pepper. Nice hints of some fried, smoked meat.
    • Taste
      Much like the nose, the sherry is very sweet. Pepper and a slight bitterness. The peat is stronger.
    • Finish
      Rather short, fading peat and sugary sherry.


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