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02 May 2013

Talisker Storm

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Talisker

While the focus is now more on the port-finished Talisker Port Ruighe, we’re trying Talisker Storm, another new member of their family. Two new expressions in just a few months, and a makeover of the packaging, a Talisker boost!

Talisker Storm is assembled from rejuvenated and refill casks, containing spirit of different ages (nowadays called “multi-vintage” which sounds so much better than just NAS).


Talisker StormTalisker ‘Storm’
(45,8%, OB 2013)

Nose: I don’t really like the first impact. It’s got a mix of butter and overripe berries. But it gets better, with more coastal and medicinal notes. A bit of trademark pepper but it never seems to express the classic Talisker character. Ginger. Some smoke. Mouth: a mixture of ripe fruity sweetness, lots of roasted malt and maritime notes (brine and seaweed). Slightly earthy and oaky. Pepper and ginger again. Tiny hints of vanilla and burnt grass. Finish: medium long, with a pepper & salt combo and lingering soot.

It’s a funny mixture. You can feel younger components, with more peat, more spices and more oomph than in the standard 10. I’ve tasted more of this than I do for other reviews, trying to grasp it, but I’m still not sure whether the rejuvenated casks story was an experimental quest for quality or just a way to sell younger spirit from depreciated casks. Around € 45.

Score: 80/100

Talisker Storm 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-05-02
  • Ricardo

    The problem Talisker has with these”new” offerings is they have to somehow beat their regular old classic 10YO. Perhaps they should forget about these “new” things. They already make the Distlller’s Edition. Too many gimmicks will shoot them in the foot. Something real would be more appropriate in my opinion.
    At some point they could have too many bottlings like Bruichladdich and who can keep track of those?

  • Ricardo

    Short cuts, do they really work with single malt Scotch whisky? Maybe they could ship their casks to Amrut for faster aging.

  • Pieter

    I wondered about that too, that if they ship their casks to warmer climates, then they would have quickly a decent product. But then they can’t label it as Scotch, as Scotch have to be distilled, matured AND bottled in Scotland.

  • WhiskyNotes

    It isn’t stated whether it needs to be a FULL maturation in Scotland, so you could ship it to India for a couple of years, leave it in the cask for one day in Scotland after that, and bottle in Scotland.

  • two-bit cowboy

    HI WhiskyNotes,

    I beg to differ.

    The Scotch
    Whisky Regulations 2009 states, “3. (1) In these Regulations “Scotch Whisky” means a whisky produced in Scotland— … (d) that has been matured only in Scotland;”





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