Talisker Dark Storm


Dark Storm…it’s a cracking name, don’t you think? For me it not only represents the first night I visited Skye (when there was a very dark storm), but it also almost evokes a potential Transformer’s film title (Transformers 4; the dark storm cometh) or a new member of the Xmen team (Storm’s evil twin sister?). Perhaps even a film about weather control, dark matter and disaster, starring the man, the legend; Stephen Baldwin (Dark Storm-2006). I’m sure they begged Stephen Baldwin for a celebrity endorsement. I mean, look at the front cover of the film:

Either way, I like the name and I like the slight nod to whisky geekiness from Diageo. When they start to talk about heavily charred casks and youthful whisky showing a different peatiness, I get excited.

On a related point, I don’t know if I am the best person to evaluate Talisker though, as I have not always been the biggest fan of Talisker, so I quite like Storm and Dark Storm, as they are different from standard Talisker. More flavours, less overpowering pepper. I suppose what I’m trying to say, is I’d quite like to hear a die hard Talisker fans point of view on the Stormers.

I may not be Talisker’s ultimate fan, but I’ll still take a stab at reviewing Dark Storm:

Talisker Dark Storm
Airport Duty Free
About £42 quid a bottle

Nose: Apple strudel, followed by dark chocolate, resin, leather, bacon, a dusty library, a little burst of pepper and vanilla.
A lovely and complex, but somewhat restrained nose. I like its subtle, yet flavoursome notes, but someone who is expecting a smoky beast should look to another dram.

Palate: Blackcurrant, dark chocolate, lime, lemon, spice, oakiness, charcoal notes, honey, apple juice and a dry smoke. Really full flavoured and complex on the palate.

Overall: Very much a yes from me. A slightly quiet start to this storm on the nose, but the palate is very good. Rich and complex. Not the smokiest, but I don’t care. So very, very drinkable.

Chris Hoban

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