Reviewed by: Ted
Thunder crashed and wind howled across Skye as the Taliskerians prepared to bottle their new whisky, a non-age statement barrelled in extra-heavily charred oak casks. Keith glanced at Nev and shouted over the noise “what do you reckon we should call this stuff?”
“Dunno… Sunny Skyes?”
“Nah, that’s the name of Mark Lochhead’s villa on Majorca. What do you reckon Taranis?”
Taranis, the Celtic god of thunder, had started working at the distillery after a bit of a slump in the smiting business and a failed attempt to break into Hollywood. After a moment’s pause, he reached into Nowhere and pulled out a bronze goblet covered in spoked wheel designs that made the world spin if looked at for too long.
Plunging the goblet into a barrel, he scooped up a god sized dram and breathed deeply of the captured spirit. Rich stewed fruits, heavy spices, grilling meats, chocolate, banana and curling sweet smoke rose up to meet him.
Planting his feet, Taranis took a mighty draw, amber liquid spilling down his braided moustaches. Sharp, crackling salt on burning driftwood burst across his tongue, followed by dark honey and cured meats. Over the top rolled curling smoke, like a forest fire seen on the horizon. The finish was bright, sharp and lingering, yet somehow contained it’s opposite, the void.
Keith and Nev looked at each other nervously. The brooding 8ft tall figure in its leathers and woad was a forbidding sight. Suddenly Taranis stirred, his eyes sparking with distant lightning, and spoke in a voice like far away thunder rolling across the hills:
And so it was.
How it compares
The Dark Storm is quite raw and robust compared to the 10yo, which is (slightly surprisingly) smoother and lighter. The Dark Storm makes big leaps and bounds over its other Talisker NAS stablemates, the Storm and the Skye. We’ve had the Storm and found it to be lacking in guts, a bit… bland, and from reports the Skye is even lighter. If you’re looking to try a NAS Talisker, the Dark Storm is definitely the way to go.
The God of Thunder has spoken.
Haste ye to taste the storm within.
Completely agree if going for a Talisker NAS, Dark Storm is the way to go!
Nice review guys, and I really like the idea of a NAS week!
Have you ever tried the Talisker Port Ruighe? Another recent Talisker bottling, and absolutely stunning stuff! I’m a huge sucker for port finishes and this is one of my favourite NAS expressions out there. Maybe for next NAS week 😉
Cheers! We certainly enjoyed doing it. We have indeed had the Port Ruighe and rather enjoy it. Can’t beat a port finish
Odd, I was just reading about Taranis earlier today. He had quite a following a while back. This sounds like a great whisky, but alas, not available in my unenlightened state. I’ll keep an eye out during my travels. Thanks for the heads up on the Storm. Like many NAS, more $ than the standard expression.