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An Islay single malt from a secret distillery, Islay Storm has loads of peaty character.
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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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
I just like it
10th February 2016
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
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
I like the smokey rawness of this whiskey
22nd December 2015
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
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
Tastes remarkably like Talisker, for a fraction of the price.
6th October 2015
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
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
can the cask add value in timeordid the initial spirit miss the Islay secret for complexity
8th October 2014
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