Whiskies created for travel retail market tend to have a bad reputation. Let’s face it, usually they are mediocre. Talisker Dark Storm is exception.
This intense creation from the distillery which creates heavy character whiskies, is (with today’s prices) a real bang for buck single malt. Especially because you’ll get it in typical travel retail sized 1 liter bottle.
Dark Storm has been matured in heavily charred oak casks, a method more typical with American whiskey maturation rather than Scotch. These casks give more smoke to that signature Talisker palate, which is already intense.
I couldn’t find more details about cask types being used. Talisker Storm (not the dark one) was aged in refill and toasted American oak casks, so my guess is that Dark Storm has American oak influence as well.
I absolutely love this dram. Probably gave it a too low overall score because it’s hard to take travel retail NAS (non-age statement) whiskies seriously. Elitist I know, but what can I say, I’ve had too many bad experiences with travel retail NAS.
Great release from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. Very powerful with smoke, intense aromas and taste. A character!
I can almost hear this whisky singing to me “Johnny I hardly knew ye”! With Storm Weather Shanty Choir voice, of course. Because of my prejudiced attitude towards its kind.