Originally released for the Travel Retail market, Talisker's Dark Storm is matured in heavily charred oak casks, imparting yet more smoke and spice to the already intensely smoky whisky. A fantastic release from the distillery on the Isle of Skye. Nose: Smoky bacon, black pepper and red chili, dressed with a touch of orchard fruit and golden malt. Palate: Huge oak influence, with a big burst of smoke on palate entry. Beyond that, though, you find red fruit, citrus and fresh honey. Finish: A very, very long finish, peppered with honey-roasted nuts.