Talisker Port Ruighe Sample
3cl / 45.8%
- Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- The Perfect Measure
The punningly named Port Ruighe takes the classic whisky from Skye and finishes it in ruby-port casks, adding a rich fruitness and softness to tame Talisker’s peppery bite.
This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:
Talisker Port Ruighe Port Finish
- Milk Chocolate
Talisker Port Ruighe Reviews
Tasting Notes by the Whisky Exchange
Nose: Cinder toffee, chocolate, salted caramel, dried fruit and a hint of rose-water Turkish Delight.
Palate: Stewed raisins, sweet caramel and more of the gentle floral rosiness, with smoky burnt toffee.
Finish: Long and smoky, with the sweetness fading to reveal cocoa.
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Crunchie bars, Turkish Delight rosiness, rich salty caramel, touches of dried fruit. Quite light and fresh for a Port finished whisky.
Palate: More Turkish Delight bars, heavy on the rosewater, stewed raisins, lots of caramel sweetness and a smoky burnt toffee/treacle note.
Finish: Smoke pops up more on the finish, with sweetness slowly fading to biscuity wood (chocolate digestives).
Comment: This is definitely not your regular Talisker – loads of oily sweetness as well as floral note that came through as Turkish Delight for me (specifically Fry’s). If you like wine finished whisky, then this will be right up your street.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: Chocolate, turf, raisins. All quite rich and upfront, with red wine plumminess coming through strongly. Some putty and dusty notes. Reveals bandagey, Jaffa cake and bramble aromas with time in the glass.
Palate: Wine-like berry fruit, much more fruity than expected from the nose. Also wet peat, spongecake with damson jam, chocolate raisins, earth, burnt gingerbread. The peat smoke is much more evident on the palate than the nose.
Finish: Drying and gets a bit dusty with wet oak, but some cocoa notes save it. Marinated raisins, prunes, dried mud and chocolate shavings.
26 Customer Reviews
Weird whisky, this one. The Talisker Storm is a thousand times better.
One of the better tastes for a very fair price. Slight smokey taste and aroma with a very small tinge of port.
An absolute stunner, notes of Port were very noticeable but not overpowering. Only reason I gave it four stars was because it lacked the peat found in Tali 10/18/Skye/Storm etc. with that being said, this is now my 2nd favorite single malt scotch. I would not reccomend this to someone searching for the “traditional Takisker Smoke”, but on the other hand I definitely think Tali fans should try it, just as I have. Nose- Dried Fruit, Cherries, Light Honey, and a minuscule note of brine, and even less smoke. Palate- Port right off the bat, followed by oaky- earthy flavors. Brine, and a hint of iodine and smoke. Finish- smooth, sweet, and savory. I almost didn’t want to swallow it. Cherries, Port, a very small amount of brine. Almost a tiny hint of bitters which complimented the rest of the flavors, although the bitters could have just been in my head. Mild-warming feeling going down, extremely satisfying dram that can be enjoyed by all Tali fans. There’s no doubt it stands alone in the Tali line up, but there’s a reason for that. Tali produced a dram without the pepper and peat for their consumers who weren’t a fan of things like that, but as someone who drinks Octomore without even a dash of water, Tali Port Ruighe is not only a universal dram, but an excelllent dram for all scotch connoisseurs. Final note- it does not have an age statement(NAS), byt leaks from the distillery say it’s 7-8 years old, which is fine by me. I’d reccomend this to everyone who enjoys Tali to experiment with this, and everyone who are not high peat scotch drinkers to pour a dram and share it with the friends and family. Worth the money 5x over.
Ordered this because my father loves Tali 10 and I enjoy scotch aged in Sherry/ports casks. While this was fantastic, it didn’t have anywhere close to the level of peat in Tali 10. If you’re looking for a sweet, lightly peated single malt- I’d recommend this
Its nice. But not amazing. I mean if you have some spare cash lying about, its certainly worth giving it a go, but there are better out there for just a tenner more, bowmore 15, talisker distillers edition and glenglassaugh peated portwood are all better and more lip smackingly good. This is just good.
A very tasty whisky, full bodied with a lot of depth and character. Sweetness and the port come through, with a subtle smoke that builds nicely.
Our family has roots from the Isle of Skye and we visited the Talisker distillery last year. We bought our first bottle of Talisker Port Ruighe after enjoying some at Sandy Bell's in Edinburgh. We enjoy all the Talisker whiskies, but Port Ruighe has become our family favorite. It's impossible to find in the States, but the Whisky Exchange makes it possible. The Port Ruighe is wonderful from start to finish, and it appeals to many different palates.
Wow! So many rich flavours, smokey, sweet, loads of depth and great value for money.
A perfect mixture of smokiness, flavour, richness and a whiff of the Minch
I really like Talisker, I've been to the distillery a couple of times and I think the balanced smokiness of their whisky really works, so I thought I would give the Port Ruighe a go. To me the port cask has diminished the smoke so if you like a gentle sweetish smokey whisky but with a bit of "grunt" then you will like the Port Ruighe, I've given it a 4 star as I prefer the smokiness of the more traditional Taliskers but I can still appreciate that this is a nicely balanced whisky at a decent price.
A friend brought it back. Great warmth with a variety of sensory treats. Can't find it here in Hawaii
Love this addition to their range! For my taste it is spot on. Slight sweetness compliments the smokiness and will keep this on my go to list for sure
This is a very nice smoky whisky with the delicious sweet notes of port but it needs more refinement. Good but not great.
I'd concur with the majority view on this one: it's a perfect balance of the Talisker maritime taste with the fruitiness of the port finish. Just a touch too potable, it didn't last as long as I should have made it last . . . .
Fantastic sweet start and then smoky finish
Loves smoked mackerel finish. Shocked, with awe the first time round, would most definitely recommend every time.
What a beautiful whisky from Talisker. rich and fruity with great lingering taste on the pallate and with that hint of smoke, this is a real winner for me.
Peat Whiskeys are always my preference and Talisker one of my favourite distilleries but Port finished Whiskey after numerous tries with different distilleries does not live up to the hype.
I wasn't sure that a wine finished malt would be at the top of my list. Recently, I tried this with a rack of lamb dinner and was just exceptional. As an after dinner malt with lamb or fish, this Talisker stands out. I highly recommend this and I just purchased my second bottle of it. I like the balance of the smoke and the sweetness.