Talisker Dark Storm

Overall rating
83.56/100
votes
945
Whiskybase ID
WB80418
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Matured in Charred Casks
Bottled
2013
Casktype
Heavily Charred Casks
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
L3294CM000
Barcode
5000281033631
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
26 mar 2016 11:57 am by KonstUA
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 64.80

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Whisky reviews for Talisker Dark Storm

49 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.56 points.

  1. henryguo73 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  2. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The aftertaste is on the verge of new-make in terms of level, but it is already out of childhood - a lad. In general, I will remember him as a rude Talisker, which I did not like. Of all the NAS-s, I liked it the least, although it is brighter than the usual Storm.

    20 21 20 20
    • Nose
      The first thing I heard was the cattle drive, and this is the phenolic component, then the classic beer motifs: duchesse, apples, bread mash, solvent.
      Weak and not saturated. Almost identical to Storm, but more mature and rounded.
    • Taste
      But the taste bloomed aroma: the sweetness of fruits, a light smoke from dry fruit trees burned in the gardens, phenol, citruses, salt, the bitterness of the tree (a lot of bitterness)
    • Finish
      Peaty, sweet, tingly, very, very slightly woody and bitter.

  3. TimkoT scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    First, a little charcoal, pepper. These barrels must have been well burned. Then, iodine. We smell black fruits, berries, blueberries. Evanescent smoke, topped with vanilla. It's a bit austere. The distillery markers are vague, but still there. Heather, salt. After a while, quince jelly, which makes the whole thing a little more pleasant. The palate is better, with lemon, light vanilla, very ripe white plums. Then the spices rise. It's solid, we recognize the distillery, with a little relief. In the finish, we come back to the quince, it's also a bit earthy, sunny. Slight bittersweet aftertaste. Sweet and sour sauce. White currants.

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    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Talisker Dark Storm matures in heavily charred oak barrels. This approach gives the fine drop an extremely intense intensity and gives it a lot of power. This makes the Dark Storm one of the smokiest bottlings from the Talisker Distillery.
    • Nose
      Smoke and salt, very maritime, with spicy impressions and oak, with fruity-sweet accents.
    • Taste
      Initially fruity, with notes of currant and liquorice, then a rush of smoke and spices.
    • Finish
      Long lasting and sweetly smoky with spicy oak.

  6. GlasMost scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Easy drinking, tasty and pretty smoky NAS Talisker, not overly complex, but absolutely fine for a cold day. Nicely priced when it came out years ago in comparison to todays tags for young malts. I was not overwhelmed back then but consider it a decent dram nowadays. THe 45,8% are just fine and I am quite happy the abv is not any lower.
    Better than the Storm and the Skye in my opinion, but far away from the 10 and 57° North in flavour and quality . Neist Point used to be twice to tree times as much.

  7. Albaron scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    An atypical talisker. I would probably not have recognized him blindly. It's drinkable, no question about it, but unfortunately also no flavor bomb
    • Nose
      Raisins, dried fruits, a little sherry, brown cane sugar, light smoke, alcohol slightly pinches the nose, also slightly mineral and somewhat sour
    • Taste
      The alcohol is noticeable, here a few solvents, a bit sour, raisins, brown cane sugar, very light smoke that almost disappears between the other aromas
    • Finish
      the raisins and the caramel, as well as the cane sugar remain and at the end a few tannins

  8. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Don't let your minds be darkened from the E150a and get the 10 instead. ;-)

  10. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. Lorion scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Well, the nose still knows how to please. What comes after that is rather unspectacular. 68 points.
    • Nose
      Amazingly smoky for a talisker. Not ashy, but fiery. In addition, hints of various fruits. Red apples, apricots.
    • Taste
      Quite weak in the beginning, quite smoky, slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Unfortunately, I can't really find the fruit.
    • Finish
      Mittellang, rauchig.

  13. P.K.S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I reely like Talisker. Never had one bad this, this is bloddy impressive. Love the stuff!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet,pear,pepper, some lakerish, green tea notes, oransj. Oily complex
    • Taste
      85 85
      Reely Oily,pepery, mild sweet spisyness,oak,oransj
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long oily pepper finniah with spisyness to it oransj, aprocote ,dark drapes

  14. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I like it a lot
    Easy-drinking-dram
    the ChilliCatch can only be felt minimally
    • Nose
      sweet apple, warm wood?, sherry, sweetness, minimal smoke, light malt, plastic ?, raffia basket, Schiken, light ash
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      light caramel, dark malt, sweetness becomes more, slightly spicy, slightly salty, (rice) waffle, light orange, smoke, pepper or chilli
    • Finish
      medium to long
      very pleasant, light oak, light sherry, sweet, warm, nutty, earthy, astringent, ChilliCatch

  15. mattheww scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. mattheww scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  17. EvilAFI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Thin palate and a pretty lackluster peated dram, sweet and tart, light oak and spice try their best but cannot save this one
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweetened peat, ham, tobacco
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, bbq ribs, thin, salty,
    • Finish
      83 83
      Tart, vanilla, baking spice

  18. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Easty79 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    A very nice smooth whisky - very smokey and peaty, flavourful.

    Have taken this to a whisky tasting and everytime everyone prefers it over everything else in the room.

    A good one for the collection and to have on hand for guests.

  20. ConvalRen scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A relaxed all day dram without a lot of Tam Tam, which does not need much thought. Just into the glass and enjoy.
    • Nose
      Immediately strong smoke and the typical maritime note with paired peppery spice. At the same time I still have an extreme, sweet malty note with vanilla and honey; some caramel; again and again campfire
    • Taste
      Smoke (smoked ham) quickly changes to campfire smoke; Peppery pungency; Then the smoke becomes cold ashes (cold smoke), smoldering campfire; properly charred, but not unpleasant, becomes dry in the mouth. From time to time always the sweet touch, which stimulates the production of saliva; then again this maritime, rough note, which I really like with Talisker.
      He is in the mouth but clearly sweet. Really interesting. I really like it.
      He is totally accessible and uncomplicated. A relaxed All Day Dram without much Tam Tam.
    • Finish
      Smoke, becoming bitter; then again full board cute; dark chocolate, short espresso, then smoke again. Smoldering coal.

  22. Valérie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice game of peppery spice, intense smoke and a subtle fruity sweetness - beautifully matched. Somewhat more complex than the Talisker Storm, but might be even more here. Overall, a good malt.
    • Nose
      84 84
      powerful maritime note; spicy; clear smoky note; tart-sweet; some leather; overall a bit softer and less peppery than the Talisker Storm
    • Taste
      85 85
      clearly smoky (more direction ash); with peppery-spicy (chili-catch); with fruity sweetness; nice interplay in the mouth
    • Finish
      84 84
      peppery-spicy, clearly smoky; some coffee and oak

  24. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 83 points Expert 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

  25. ErrHaBe scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    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.

  26. Lakerfield scored this whisky 78 points Expert 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.

  27. d1scostu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Tim-R scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

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

  29. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  30. KOQ24 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

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

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

    Finish:
    long and surprisingly smooth for a Talisker

    Overall:
    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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. ApricotOne scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sherry influence is clearly visible from the nose to the finish. However, the intensity of the color does not match what you have in the glass. An appeal of leather, chocolate, tobacco, dark fruits, etc. what is known from the Dark Sherry bottlings ago is available, though not so intense. The Talisker own Chilli Chatch is well noticeable in this malt and has the property to cover the metallic youth. I could not recognize her. A good all day dram, which does not require to be analyzed for hours and sometimes, together with a porter, can be watched in front of the TV when it gets a bit more autumnal outside. An attractive price - performance ratio, considering that it is a liter bottle, which is filled with 45.8 ABV.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Paszko scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. fileosoph scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2013]  I had this dram during a Charlie Smith tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I took no detailed notes.

  38. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2014]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  I took no detailed notes.

  39. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  41. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The smell looks like a heavier whisky, but in the final taste that is not so bad (or disappointing). Nice whisky, sipping easily and quite a bit of flavor, but certainly does not crush.
    • Nose
      Peaty, light smoke, leather, salty, honey. Fruity, apricot. And spicy.
    • Taste
      Relatively soft compared to the smell. No peat or smokiness can be detected now. Sweet, honey. Oil-like structure.
    • Finish
      Now some smoke and peat, but the light. Mid-length. Sweet aftertaste, honey.

  42. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. PeterCr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Not bad, but also not really complex and not that outspoken. Has quite some similarities with the Benromach Wood Finishes for me.

    Score = 81-83 / 100
    • Nose
      Sweet (light) smoke in the attack. Some winey cherry notes as well. Spicy notes follow with some woody notes. Leather notes as well. Similar to the Benromach Wood Finishes (Hermitage and Sassicaia).
    • Taste
      Spicy (pepper) attack. Quite an oily texture (thick legs in the glass as well). Sweet liquorice with hints of salt.
    • Finish
      A bit too short finish. Smooth but somewhat oily finish with liquorice and anise notes in the end.

  44. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    D: A nice Talisker, faced in the tasting the Port Ruighe. I would still prefer the 10 anytime.

    E: A solid Talisker. I have tasted it together with the Port Ruighe. Would definitely prefer the 10 if offered the three of them
    • Nose
      D: Light smoke (wood fire), clear sweetish-woody scent (dark forest honey), subtle salty sea air

      E: Pleasant smoke (bruning wood), sweet strong smell like forest honey, with a saltiness like a sea breeze
    • Taste
      D: First, a sharp start (chili peppers), sweetness of vanilla, which, however, turns into a woody bitterness. Reminiscent of sawdust

      E: Starts with spicyness (chilli), with vanilla sweetness devolving into woody bitterness, which reminds me of sawdust
    • Finish
      D: Long, a slight tingling sharpness and bitterness remain

      E: Long, a tenderling spicyness and bitternes remain

  46. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  47. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  48. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The clearly superior version for Storm, nice thing, would be 10 euros cheaper even much nicer;)
    • Nose
      Tannins, ginger, bitter orange, pepper, oil, a little more closed than the Storm and 10s, but looks more powerful like a sealed rough diamond
    • Taste
      Very full, chilli, grapefruit, some BBQ notes, thyme, in between a touch of berries, citrus and licorice
    • Finish
      Medium long, tobacco, oak, dry, malt, much nicer than the Storm

  49. kot1803 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  50. whiskybros scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Talisker-Dark-Storm/c21kp/5725fa130cf228a96f17ee12
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  51. malthead-sven scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    decent Talisker, but not fully convinced. On the one hand, you realize that the maturation time is missing, on the other hand, the chili-catch is not so intense. So one wonders a little about the reason of existence of this bottling. 83/100
    • Nose
      first sweet notes of wood, ashes, freshly quenched campfire, fresh pear, dried apricot, black chalk, somehow dusty, slightly maritime, then spicy gravy, barbecue sauce
    • Taste
      builds up slowly, malty, smoked meat and forest fruits are facing each other, to lightness, smoke comes through a bit more
    • Finish
      a bit of smoke, less pepper than the 10's, develops increasingly spicy with a slight hint of eucalyptus, medium long

  52. Achany scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I missed the peppery taste of the 10. there was some salt, some spices even some smoke but all in all nothing special - compared to the Talisker 10. finish was too short, typical duty free NAS.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  53. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I think that's not wrong now; a little sherry is good for the Talisker; However, the bottom line is a little too young and too shallow.
    • Nose
      Oranges and mandarins; slight cowshed smell; a very small amount of smoke; light raisin and chocolate notes; altogether a flat nose; after the first sip, the sherry flavors become more apparent
    • Taste
      very sweet for a Talikser; again a little raisins and chocolate; only minimal smoke; a little oak; the second sip is pretty sweet
    • Finish
      short to medium length; now the smoke comes out a bit clearer; very sweet again the oak presses again very briefly

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