Talisker Dark Storm Review

Exclusive for the travel retail sector, Talisker Dark Storm is the younger sibling of Talisker Storm which was released in 2013. The “no age statement” whisky has been dubbed as the smokiest single malt produced by the isle of Skye distillery. But for fans of peated whisky, how does it fare?

Talisker Dark Storm
Talisker Dark Storm

Talisker Dark Storm is bottled at 45.8% ABV and matured in heavily charred American oak casks.

Dark amber in colour, the nose is initially sweet with butterscotch and honey followed by briny salty notes and peat smoke at the end. The palate exhibits some vanilla and butterscotch sweetness progressing to sea salt and seaweed, earthy at times with a hint of nuttiness before it end with salty and smoky notes.

The finish is long, warming and lingers with sea salt then spice and ends with a peppery kick on the smoky finish.

Overall, this is a fine dram for fans of peated whisky but don’t expect the peat – either on the nose or the palate – to be significantly bolder than the Talisker Storm. Nonetheless it is an enjoyable single malt whisky that is worth keeping an eye out for in your travels.

Talisker Dark Storm is available in travel retail in 1L bottles.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.