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Islay Storm

(70cl, 40%)

Islay Storm

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Islay Storm Bottling Note

An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Islay Storm Reviews

Unsurpassed at the price. It's a 'light' peaty Islay, a more mellow dram when one doesn't want an Ardbeg, Laphroig or Lagavulin. Definitely one to use to introduce whisky drinkers to a bit of peat.

Unsurpassed at the price. A 'light' peaty Islay, a more mellow dram when one doesn't want an Ardbeg, Laphroig or Lagavulin. Definitely one to use to introduce whisky drinkers to a bit of peat.

13th October 2020

Incredible for the price

For the money this is hard to beat. One of my favourites.

1st July 2020

Great value for money, gotta love peaty, smokey whisky

Love it. Great Islay character, and amazing value at $20 at Trader Joe's in the USA - maybe they have an exclusive but has been available in Boston and Brookline MA TJs for years and bought one today, so it is available

23rd May 2020

Good Islay, I rate it up there with Ardbeg, Laphroig etc

Bloody good. Love it

15th May 2020

I wish I could buy it locally

my daughter brought it back from her tip to Edinburgh. I wish she had bought more than one!! Love it

9th April 2020

Need it in U.S.--please resume distribution!

LOOOOOOOOOVE IT! Please make it available in the U.S. again. I am going into withdrawal...

16th November 2019

Absolutely best I have tasted in a long time.

Had it once and can’t forget the Smokey peaty taste. Far too easy to drink! Wish it was easily available in Australia. Might convert some of the ‘single malt’ snobs to a real whisky.

17th April 2019

Experienced Islay whisky fans will not run to T.J.'s, even at $19.99.

Typical Islay peaty nose, with a lot of Blended Scotch undertones. Weak @ 80 Proof, and the peat is much less pronounced on the palate. I'm in full agreement with the other taster who said "If Dewars White Label was given a peating". I was looking for a way to describe the taste and that just about hits it on the nose, pun intended. But @ $20 a bottle it's not bad for what it is. I'll stick to my Laphroaig, though.

11th April 2019

Hospital tastes!

Luckily I only got a taster set including Islay Storm, apparently from a ‘secret’ distillery, sold mostly in USA and France.
Much too powerful for me, tasting like a hospital operating theatre after a fire!
I hope my bottle of Laphroaig isn’t as strong.

30th December 2018

Nice when blended

The peat and smoke were a little much for me, almost as if the distiller had added a little liquid smoke. Then I blended it 50/50 with Trader Joes Blended Scotch Whiskey What a difference! Rather than the harsher mix that I expected, it smooths out very nicely and finishes with a calm peaty warmth rather than a smokey aftertaste.

28th December 2018

Peat, smoke, and spice, very affordable

Love the peat, spice and smoke elements, with a nice finish. Seems well made for the price.

19th November 2018

Great value

Nice taste, not as much of a “bite” as I would like

30th September 2018

Love the smokey taste

Love it. Smokey Taste stays in my he mouth long time.

24th May 2018

perfect to my taste

I received it as a present but I am now addicted to it.

7th December 2017

I’m hooked on Islay Storm. It’s sooo good and sooo reasonably priced!

I absolutely love Islay Storm. I used to drink Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky for years. But once I tried some good single malt Scotch whiskys my taste changed. So I switched to Macallan and a few other good single malt whiskys for quite some time, until I first tasted Whisky from Islay. Then there was no turning back! I love that peaty, smokey flavor!!! My wife and I even love smokey flavored Cabernet wine. So for the next number of years, after trying some a variety of very good and highly acclaimed single malt Scotch Whiskys from Islay, Lagavulin and Laphroaig became my favorites! Until I ran into “The Perfect Storm”, an Islay Storm. This was the best storm I ever ran into. I think that everything about Islay Storm is so close to Lagavulin and Laphroaig, that it absolutely does not make sense to spend $60.00-$90.00 for 750ml of Whisky from Islay, when I can buy Islay Storm from Trader Joe’s for &19.99, and be equally satisfied. This certainly proves that costing more isn’t always better. I recently had some Laphroaig and was extremely pleased to reconfirm that I definitely like Islay Storm the best.

{As a side note, first, I learned that it’s actually incorrect to refer to Whisky from Scotland as Scotch. In Scotland it’s referred to just as Whisky. From the words of a Scotsman, “People from Scotland are Scotch. The Whisky distilled in Scotland is Whisky.”} [Second, I also learned that Whisky distilled in Scotland is spelled without the letter “e”, where Whiskey distilled outside of Scotland is spelled with the letter “e”; ie: Irish Whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey; etc.]

Craig Cohn
Northbrook, IL

13th November 2017

Peaty, but a bit young-great buy overall

There is less peat than I'm used to and you can tell it's been aged less than most, but overall it's a great buy. I picked it up for $20/bottle at Trader Joe's. With that in mind, it's not worth it to me to spend an extra $30 to get something that's only marginally better.

11th November 2017

Smokey, leathery raw bite

It taste like if you bite old leathery sofa, it is your thing, or it is not. There is not much else going on, little bit bourbon vanila in aftertaste. I personaly enjoy this drum very much.First impression was, that this must be young Laphroaig, but after couple more drums, I am not that sure. Downside is, that it is deluted to 40%. 43 to 46 would be much better.

4th October 2017

have not opened it yet.

I was Captain of the Islay Ferry for 16 years and am puzzled re the secret distillery.

I carried thousand of barrels in my time and every distillery was proud to name their whiskey.
Why not this one?

14th July 2017

Sorry to say not available in Sweden

Perfect to sip on and to have with a good cigar, no expert but.....

21st March 2017


Absolutely spot on - reasonable price for the taste

26th September 2016

Islay Storm is a treat

Lovely drop. One of my favourites and decent price

22nd July 2016


The range of reviews is amazing. We are all whisky lovers but of course with highly individual tastes. I thought the nose was phenolic, rather unpleasant (but so what?)- but the taste of the first dram was incredibly peaty, unmistakable Islay (?Laphroaig) . The second dram seemed almost creamy and soft, very viscose and it oiled its way down my throat. It's definitely a young one (test it in the glass) but actually, I find it pretty drinkable and for the price totally acceptable. I'm a Lagavulin fan (but phew, the price has gone up.....)

27th February 2016

Jim Rhodes

I just like it

10th February 2016

Just Don't

I love young Islay malts but this isn't good. Better of spending an extra $10-15 and get yourself a Quarter Cask.

7th February 2016

Liquid smoke and peat

First of all, I like smokey scotches, more than anyone I know personally. My first sip and impression, without any ice or drops of water, was like drinking intense, concentrated liquid smoke. Smokey, peaty nose, flat palate, and a long smokey, almost burnt finish. I couldn't tell if it was smooth or not, since all I had was smoke in my throat, but at least it wasn't a cheap, burning sensation. I sort of had a physical reaction of surprise, verging on coughing due to the intensity. After a few minutes, a second sip proved that I had acclimated a bit to the intensity, but the scotch was still not very complex, although I could start to pick out the peat notes from the smoke. Adding one ice cube and letting it sit for a few minutes helps make it palatable, if only to have not wasted my money and actually drink it. You may also like it (or dislike it less) mixed with 2/3 ginger ale, 1/3 Islay Storm.

This may be your cup of tea if you like the sound of that description and like smoke more than I do, but it wasn't for me. If nothing else, this scotch proves that I prefer more of a smokey finish, rather than smoke on the whole ride down, such as Johnnie Walker Double Black. Then again, it was only $20 for this bottle at Trader Joe's.

11th January 2016

Frank Doheny

I like the smokey rawness of this whiskey

22nd December 2015

Not bad but not good either

I get more wood ash smoke than peat smoke. Its quite young and lacks much complexity. There are better options out there if you want a peated malt in this price bracket.

30th November 2015

Rubber, smoke, and burning... Perfection

For those who do not know, Islay scotch should taste like smoke, some even say rubber or diesel exhaust. This is a characteristic of Islay and this scotch does it wonderfully. It is a fantastic strong Islay, not the best as a first Islay, leave that to something a little older. This scotch hits hard with smoke which fades to a wonderful peat flavor that lingers with a hint of ocean air. It has a healthy heat and spice as it is most likely a younger scotch. This scotch is not for one used to blended whiskey, leave this one for the adventurous.

22nd November 2015


Tastes like a tree branch that's been lit on fire and snuffed out. BTW Trader Joe's sells this for $20 a bottle

6th November 2015

secret distillery?

Tastes remarkably like Talisker, for a fraction of the price.

6th October 2015

0ne for my collection..........

Not as peaty (harsh) as some of the classic Islays but very smooth with lots of flavour and certainly peaty enough to be able to recognise. I normally reserve my Islays for special occasions but this has disappeared very quickly........ That to me says it all!

1st August 2015

Reviews are like opinions are like…

I don’t understand rating down a dram to one star because it is not what you normally drink?
Personally I love Islay Whiskys and this is superb! Sooo smooth and while some say oil, I say silk. Will get again once my current bottle runs out.

18th June 2015


If Dewars White Label was given a peating.

15th February 2015

value of time or lackingthe Islay secret

can the cask add value in time
did the initial spirit miss the Islay secret for complexity

8th October 2014

nice for the price

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

Drinkable but not my cup of tea

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

Is this an Islay?

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

Thomas & Prem

For Islay a disappointment and even considering the lower price.

19th July 2013

Islay Storm

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

josh lord

nice peaty malt, not as sharp as some Islay malts, but unmistakable taste and different enough to be a great addition.

24th January 2011

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