Whisky Focus - Talisker Dark Storm Review

Talisker Dark Storm Travel Retail Exclusive

25th June 2013
Introducing Talisker Dark Storm, the smokiest whisky produced by the remote island distillery.

Following the release of Talisker Port Ruighe and Talisker Storm in the domestic market earlier this year Talisker have revealed another new no age statement expression of its world-famous scotch – Talisker Dark Storm which will be available exclusively in travel retail is said to be the smokiest whisky produced by the remote island distillery.

Matured in deep charred oak casks for extra spice and smoke, Talisker Dark Storm is a new Travel Retail exclusive, bottled at 45.8% ABV.

Speaking at the launch of the new variant Steve White, Diageo Marketing Director Global Travel and Middle East, said:

"Talisker Dark Storm is an incredible new flavour-offering from one of the world’s best known and most loved Scotch Whiskies.

"It’s a Single Malt that captures the untamed spirit of a full-blown storm at sea. It is intense and powerfully flavoured, a whisky that offers an element of ‘rugged luxury’ to today’s travellers – adventurers and whisky connoisseurs alike."

"Talisker Dark Storm is an intense new whisky experience," commented White. "One that we believe will capture the imagination of consumers, drive purchase and deliver fantastic results for our customers.

"It is a whisky that is true to the Talisker house style but takes its trademark intensity to a whole new level – it is like a whole new ocean of flavour."

The supremely rich flavours of Talisker Dark Storm are the result of careful cask selection – the heavily charred oak in which the whisky has matured ensuring an inimitable spiciness and distinctive smoky character.

Priced from £42.00 Talisker Dark Storm will be available in 1 litre bottles in Travel Retail outlets across Asia, Europe and the Middle East from June 2013.

Talisker Dark Storm Review

Matured in deep charred oak casks, Talisker Dark Storm is a Travel Retail exclusive, bottled at 45.8% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes (Reviewed 21st July 2013):

Colour: Dark amber as you would expect given its name.

Nose: Light pepper and smoke which becomes spicier. Some oak then sweet poached pear.

Taste: A lovely balance of mild smoke, vanilla and citrus. A young energetic spiciness, lemon and poached pear fruitiness, a touch of fresh dark fruits also, all with a light coating of liquorice and oak.

Finish: A deliciously long, rich, smooth finish with vanilla, oak, spice, pepper and mild smoke all slowly fading away.

Comment: I am guessing that this is a mix or I should say a balance of young and 10ish year old and I have to say it is a great balance. Hasn't got a big in your face nose but it won me over with the taste, another quality Talisker expression. At £42 for a 1 litre bottle it is definitely one to watch for when passing through the airport.

SMW Score 91/100

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