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Talisker Storm

Lovely new NAS. worth getting.

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@galgReview by @galg

5th Mar 2013

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Nose: A lovely melange of young fruity notes with quite some peat and sprinkle of pepper. Sweet malty notes and a bit of mint and seaside air to add another dimension. The nose does feel young but well rounded and balanced.

Palate: A lot of smoke on the palate here , with big chunks of earthy peat. Much more than the 10 year old. After the initial peat and smoke impact more fruity tones are revealed with pear and berries and a salty edge. Another swirl in the mouth reveals a certain nuttiness that follows the fresh ground ‘signature’ pepper. We’re dealing with a Talisker, after all…

Finish : Quite long, nutty and peaty, soot and hint of fruit.

Very impressive stuff. It’s very different than the 10, while maintaining some similarities (mainly the earthy peat and pepper), but on a very different scale. It’s different, and that’s good since it’s a very good dram. NAS or no, spectacular work on behalf of Diageo (yes, it’s me Gal. I’ve said a good word about Diageo, i know. slap me). It’s going to be a very solid seller this one in shops. It shot up to the top of my “to get” list for the near future. All i can say: do yourself a favour and try this one. I am pretty sure you would think it’s worth your time and your coin. Don’t expect it to be the best dram of your life, but it’s good. damn good.

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6 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Gal, can you make comparisons of the Talisker Storm to Taliskers other than the 10? ...such as 57 North?

9 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

@victor as far as i can remember the 57 north is much more peppery and much less fruity than this one, also the peat is milder. look at my blog for notes: whiskyisrael.co.il/2010/03/…

9 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I'm very big on Talisker 18 right now. A wonderful whisky. I wonder how the Storm stacks up against the 18? I suspect the 18 is still richer, deeper, and more complex. No way to tell until I can lay hands upon the Storm. Thanks for the review, galg.

9 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

@rigmorole : yes you are correct. the 18 is indeed more "refined" sort of, and more complex, but this one doesnt have to be shy. have you tried the lovely 25?

9 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

It seems that more and more distilleries are cutting the agestatements (12,18) and/or practical info (sherrycask, doublewood) and just give their whisky a name. Is this because of the way it sounds or just a way to ask more money for younger whiskies?

9 years ago 0

@Martberg
Martberg commented

@PeatyZealot : Yes I think it's a way to ask more money for younger whiskies. Laphroaig is doing it with the Cairdeas, Ardbeg is doing the same thing with the Blasda, both of them cost much more than their 10yo regular entry. I really wanna try this scotch because I'm a big fan of the 57 North and the 10yo. But if this 6yo scotch is pricier than the 10yo, heck I'll stick to the 10yo.

9 years ago 0

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