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Talisker 10 vs Talisker Storm: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Talisker 10 vs Talisker Storm in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

Talisker 10

NoseSmoke, pear, apple
PalateSmoke, dried fruit, mineral notes
FinishLong and pleasantly peppery
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat or add water
Similar toHighland Park 12, Laphroaig 10

There is a fair amount of smoke on the nose at first, followed by hints of pear, apple and a bit of iodine.

On the palate, the Talisker 10 displays a creamy texture. Flavor offers a moderate hit of smoke at first, that quickly mellows out into rich dried fruit sweetness, with hints of cereal, black pepper and a mineral note.

The finish is long, with a satisfying warming peppery note and mineral finish with a bit of oak spice and caramel.

Adding a dash of water tunes-down the pepper, while releasing sweet notes, making it easier to sip.

Talisker 10 is a creamy and full flavored whisky. This is a peaty whisky but not as heavy as some of the Islay malts as it does not overpowers other flavors.

Talisker strikes a nice balance between smoke, salinity, peppery notes and honey-like sweetness.

Overall, Talisker 10 is not an entry-level single malt but it makes a solid option for true whisky aficionados that like peat in moderate amounts in their drams.

I’ve included this bottle in the list of the best 10 year old single malts that you can buy today!

There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:

  • Aged in ex-bourbon barrels.
  • Was rated Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Awarded with 94 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2013.
  • Rated the “Editor’s Choice” by Whisky Magazine.
  • Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.

Talisker Storm

NosePeat, smoke, citrus
PalatePeat, charred oak, earth, salt, caramel
FinishMedium length, smoke, pepper
Alcohol content92 proof (45.8% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toTalisker 8, Lagavulin 8

This is the same whisky as the 10 Year but with no age statement, hence more smoky, a bit rougher and tastier yet quite good.

Storm slaps your nose with heavy peat and smoke followed, by hints of orange peel.

On the palate, Storm provides a heavy peaty note along charred barrel followed by earthy and mineral notes.

Finish is pleasantly rough, full of smoke and a peppery blast.

This whisky is a smokier, peatier and more mineral version the 10 YO but not nearly as intimidating as it might sound.

It’s a bit wild and unrefined but if you are fond of peat, charred oak and peppery notes this release from Talisker definitely has a place in your collection.

If you have enjoyed the Lagavulin 16 there are certain notes that will taste familiar although the Lagavulin is still a better dram… but way more expensive.

Talisker Storm also makes a good substitute to the Ardbeg 10!

There are a few facts worth knowing about Talisker Storm:

  • Bottled at 92 proof (46% ABV).
  • This whisky does not carry an age statement as it is a blend of of both rejuvenated and refill casks of different ages.
  • Was named the 2013 Highlands Single Malt of the Year by the Whisky Advocate.

Talisker 10 vs Storm: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Talisker 10$70
Talisker Storm$50

Talisker 10 vs Talisker Storm: Which is better?

Storm is the rough and young version of the 10 YO

  • Storm is good, although a bit rough so if you are new to this type of whisky I suggest you start with the Talisker 10 before moving to smokier drams.
  • Talisker 10 has a moderate peat content, that does not overwhelm sweet and mineral notes making a nice and tasty dram and one of my personal favorites.
  • Storm is to the Talisker 10 what the Johnnie Walker Double Black to the Johnnie Walker Black Label, that is, a more challenging whisky to sip but good nonetheless.

Why do I mention Johnnie Walker when talking about Talisker??? because both brands are owned by the same parent company and Talisker is a major contributor to Johnnie Walker Black Label and Double Black Blends.

That does not mean that the Black Label drinks like a Talisker, but it certainly has features in common, so if you are a price conscious buyer the Black Label is a good option.

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