Review: Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

100% Malted Barley
Distiller Talisker (Carbost, Scotland)

One of the big non-age-statement releases back when they were just beginning - Talisker ventured there with this, Dark Storm, and Port Rhuige. This cost the same as the 10, but no guarantee on its age (not everything, but it is something). I guess it rests on the taste:

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: L4078CM000 01613047
  • Bottling Date: 2014

Almost a bit sour with some of the younger whisky coming out a bit too much – to me, it tastes the youngest of the regular Taliskers. I am generally not a huge fan of the new make harsh and oily sourness, but this one is integrated very nicely together to bring a large amount of complexity forward. The grain plays through a bit - certainly seems more complex than the 10 year old, but less deep. Plums, peaches, roasted peanuts, uncooked bacon, and some pretty fragile smoke and ash woven throughout. The finish is quite complex with a fruity body and smoke and the lightest spearmint. Overall, it would do a lot better for me if there was a bit more maturity to a few of the components, but this is wonderfully blended stuff nonetheless – the complexity and balance weight-for-weight of the fruit and the smoke, the sweetness and the spice is quite worthy of appreciation.

Score: 87/100

Value: 47/100 (based on $100)

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A
  • Bottling Code: L4238CM000 05756672
  • Bottling Date: 2017

Lots of dried fruit – figs, currants, raisins – and ashy smoke. Lightly oily with young distillate driving parts of the whisky. Complex - roasted peanuts, plums, burning leaves, pickled lemons, celery, vanilla, baking soda, applesauce, and light mineral notes (I think many people might call this „salt”). The palate is full of smoke, digestive biscuits, malt, lemon, and vegetal notes. Lots of movement on the palate, and the citrus, smoke, and mineral balance is terrific. The finish is ever so slightly sour, but also with lots of smoke and vegetal notes appearing. Continues to be a great whisky.

Also, oddly, it’s gotten cheaper at the LCBO.

Score: 87/100

Value: 55/100 (based on $90)