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Dark Storm is a bottling from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye. Talisker is one of 10 distilleries producing malt whisky on the Island, and this one differs from most of the others in that it is not trying to be a heavily peated whisky. A good majority of distilleries in this region make heavily peated whiskies. Because this one is not peated at all, it allows the distillery to focus on the flavor of the barley and the other stuff that comes in along with it.
But this one is also different than many of the others in that it is quite formal and proper. This is 100 percent different than the 10 year old, which is even older than the main distillery’s offering. They make a double cask, non-chill filtered version as well as an 18 and 25 year old.
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Dark Storm is a dark amber color. It is opaque, but it is possible to see some light shining through if it is held up to a light source. It has a coating of thick legs that fall very slowly. They are thick and sticky. For this reason, it is best to allow it to drip into the bowl before swirling. It coat the inside of the glass and the glass rim as well.
The nose is very classic and slightly sweet. It is earthy, but not peaty. It has lots of baked apple and cinnamon flavor. It has notes of brown sugar and a bit of candy corn. This is an excellent place to start.
This one is not very spicy at all, despite what the nose would lead one to believe. The palate is much sweeter, with notes of maple and brown sugar. Other notes of caramel, vanilla, and root beer are present as well. There are also some oaky and floral notes. There is a very faint note of apple on the far end of the palate.
This one is surprisingly sweet on the finish as well. All of the notes noted on the palate come into play and linger for a very long time. There are essentially no tannins or other flavors that come into play on the finish. It is sweet and lightly oaked. There also is a bit of a cooling sensation present, as if the glass was submersed in ice water.
This is an extremely polite and mainstream whisky. It is slightly sweet, but not overly so. It is very smooth, but not abrasive. It has a bit of a kick in the alcohol content, but that is understandable due to the age. It is complex in a way that a lot of Glencairns and Canadian Club’s are not. It is not trying to be the kind of whisky with the kind of history and expectation that comes with Longmorn or Balvenie.
Instead, it focuses on the great flavors that come from ingredients that are sourced from a single island. Additionally, it is different and offers a great flavor profile that can be a bit refreshing and interesting. The combination of sweet and earthy flavors with no smoky complexity or fire creates a great flavor profile that is a bit unique as well.
This is an excellent drink to have while sitting on a porch swing or a hammock, contemplating the deepening of the days and the approach of the autumn months. It also creates a relaxing get together with friends or family. And, of course, it is also excellent for having solo in a dark room with a blanket, something to read, and a good smoke.