Talisker Storm Single Malt Whisky (45.8% / 91.6 proof, $66) is dark gold in color with a nose that is instantly recognizable as a part of the Johnnie Walker universe, especially the deep honey, apricot, and honeysuckle. Just underneath these bright, sweet, fruity, and floral notes is a nice light smoke and briny oyster shell that is a hallmark of marine style Scotch whisky. There is a peek of some of the younger malt in the nose with a touch of fire, but that’s well counterpointed by the more lush aromas in the nose. The entry for Talisker Storm is classic Talisker with honey, malt, apricot, pear, and honeysuckle leading the charge, but things quickly shift in the midpalate with a strong salinity and undercurrent of peat smoke. In the midpalate there’s also a nice amount of spice including black pepper and clove, and supported by a little heat from the young malt. The midpalate serves to showcase the balance between some of the older and younger malts in the mix as well as Talisker Storm’s sweeter and more savory notes. The finish is medium length and focuses much more on the spice and smoke elements of the whisky. It’s here where Talisker Storm is at its smokiest with a finish of ashy peat fire.
TALISKER STORM SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
$77.98Size: 750ML SKU: 9167712