Insider knowledge: Islay Storm whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Islay Storm whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Peat smoke, oily, briny, some malt/
Palate: Sweet rush initially, then onto medicinal peat and seaweed, some bourbon notes, spices, custard.
Finish: Smoke, long and spiced.
This has all the characteristics of an Islay. Some of the other reviewers suggest otherwise. Those reviewers must not drink Islay's. Yes, this is young (5-6 years) but for the price it is very acceptable. This scotch has a place in my cabinet.
26th May 2014
Really trows you of in your expectance of a islay malt button i think it's a good balanced whisky good peat notes and a fruity woodsy pallet
25th May 2014
An independent bottling from an undivulged distillery; speculation is that it's a 5-6 year old Lagavulin. Smells and tastes like a campfire, oily mouthfeel, nautical notes abound, some slight nuttiness at the end. The aftertaste lasts for hours, sadly. Got this for $20 at Trader Joe's because I wanted to try an Islay without spending a fortune. Drinkable, intriguing and smooth, but I'm more a fan of Highland and Speyside malts.
10th March 2014
Price considered and still has that special !!! good "body" and "aftertaste"... perfect for the porch in the summerevening after a great barbecue with red wine !
12th February 2014
Interesting.. Not what one would expect from an Islay and hence a disapointment given the name. Giant peat with loads of alcohol on the nose. Seems very young. Not recomendable for Islay Lovers.
29th December 2013
A superb Islay - different with some sweet caramel notes on the fore taste and salt without being over peaty on the after taste. A bargain at the price and my favourite whisky find for two years
12th December 2013
I can not imagine that the 2011 tasters had the 'Storm' as the 2013 batch. The current edition has a nice finish, but what you have to taste to get there is not good. I will mix this down with a blend and serve to guests.
9th November 2013
For Islay a disappointment and even considering the lower price.
19th July 2013
Nothing like any other Islay malt. Not typical of the island: lacking in all of Islay's character, easily the most mediocre malt I have tasted.
3rd May 2013
Great value for the money. Starting with some different sweet tasts. Ending with salty, peaty and smokey flavours!
Looks a bit similar like the Bruichladdich Waves.
23rd August 2011
nice peaty malt, not as sharp as some Islay malts, but unmistakable taste and different enough to be a great addition.
24th January 2011