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Island of Skye Scotland Talisker Distillery Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Talisker Dark Storm

Review of Talisker's Dark Storm.

Origin: Isle of Skye (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 45.8%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon charred
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Diageo
Average price: € 64.00
Official website: taliskerwhisky.com
Vote: 80/100

After trying Storm, the NAS that, along with Skye, was made by the distillery to give a breather to the production of the 10-year-old, I find in my glass the version initially launched exclusively for airport duty-free in 2013.

As the name suggests, the intention is to offer a darker and more “extreme” whisky than its brother without adjectives, an effect obtained by ageing in “heavily charred” casks which should therefore have had a considerable effect on the smoky component of the distillate.
Will this be the case?

Tasting notes

The nose has a smoky note grafted onto marine and slightly peppery hints, with white peach, green apple, dried apricots, vanilla and caramel. Over time, the smoke becomes burnt plastic. Not particularly incisive and a little monotonous.
And it’s precisely the burnt plastic that enters first to the palate, with a dusting of black pepper mixed with apples, crème brûlée, walnuts and toasted wood. Touch of liquorice, widespread savouriness.
The finish is quite long, salty and toasty, with liquorice, dried fruit and wood.

It was supposed to be a version of Storm on steroids, but instead it turns out to be a storm in a glass of water: you sense the influence of charring, but it’s not as incisive as the label would lead you to believe. The aromatic palette appears a little dull and underwhelming, a rain that has diluted the Talisker distillate leaving ash in its wake. Absurdly, the persistence of the finish is better than the overall dram.

Reviews of Talisker whisky in the blog:
Talisker 8yo Special Release 2018
Talisker 8yo Special Release 2020
Talisker 10yo
Talisker 15yo Special Release 2019
Talisker 18yo
Talisker 25yo
Talisker 57° North
Talisker 2008 The First Editions
Talisker Distillers Edition 2019
Talisker Port Ruighe
Talisker Select Reserve Game of Thrones – House Greyjoy
Talisker Skye
Talisker Storm

Other perspectives:
Peated Perfection

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