Talisker Dark Storm
In the poem ‘The Scotsman’s Return from Abroad’, author Robert Louis Stevenson mentions Talisker as king of drinks; such is the patronage of the 175 years old whisky brand. The distillery was originally founded in 1830 on the Isle of Skye in Scotland by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill and built in 1831 on when Talisker House was acquired. In 1960 a fire destroyed the distillery, it was rebuilt with 2 wash stills and 3 spirit stills. Currently, Talisker and its distillery are under Diageo’s umbrella with portfolio of 4 expressions, a 10 year old, 18 year old, 25 year old and a special The Distiller’s Edition.
Talisker Dark Storm is the distillery’s latest introduction, launched in June last year, available on travel retail stores and duty free. The 45.8% ABV Dark Storm follows Talisker’s house style of smoke and spice dominated whiskies and takes it up a notch with by ageing the single malt in charred barrels. Age of the whisky hasn’t been specified but it is obvious that it is a well matured whisky which has then been further treated to create Dark Storm. The name does whisky full justice with its good depth and intensity.
Nose: The time spent in extra charred wooden barrels is quite obvious with smoke and vanilla dominating the nose, along with leather, butterscotch and olive brine. Quite a complex nose, also some hints of banana and white pepper.
Palate: Consistent with the nose, the palate starts with pepper and peaty notes leading to honey, nutmeg and ginger. While it has oceanic saltiness it does open up with hints of sweetness like that of liquorice towards the finish, with pepper notes coming back. The whisky has a rich mouthfeel and a long finish.
Dark Storm is essentially a more expressive and concentrated version of Talisker 10 and once you have a couple of drams of this, you might not want to go back to the Talikser 10. The color of Dark Storm is deeper than Talisker 10 as well.