Both Marte and I have shared our tasting notes on Talisker Storm. You can read the articles here and here, both in Norwegian. At our last meeting for The Ladies’ Share we tasted Talisker Dark Storm. Do you wonder what is the difference between those two? Dark Storm is supposed to be “the peatiest” whisky from Talisker. Although “the peatiest” does not actually mean a higher ppm level, but the casks have been heavily-charred for an intensely smoky flavour.
Talisker Dark Storm is bottled at the traditional ABV for Talisker: 45,8. The whisky is released for Travel retail.
Both sweet and salty on the palate. I get a lot of different fruits. After a while it reminds me of warm apple cake with cinnamon. The peat is hiding in the background, I think. The peat behaves in a different way when it comes to the taste; it is the first thing to hit the palate. Then the peat changes to sweet licorice. The licorice gives it a warm and rich taste. Salt and pepper as well. Quite clean. Still a lot of peat and smoke on the finish. To me the finish is the most complex part of this whisky. At first it is quite dry from all the peat. Then there are dried fruits which gives it warmth. And then it turns more sweet like a brown sugar swizzle stick.
My score: nose 21 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 85