Talisker Port Ruighe Sample
Port Finish

3cl / 45.8%
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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.

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Talisker Port Ruighe Port Finish



  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Earth Earth
  • Ginger Ginger
  • Raisins Raisins
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Milk Chocolate Milk Chocolate
  • Biscuits Biscuits

Talisker Port Ruighe Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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

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  • 2
    30 November 2018

    Weird whisky, this one. The Talisker Storm is a thousand times better.

  • 5
    26 August 2018

    One of the better tastes for a very fair price. Slight smokey taste and aroma with a very small tinge of port.

  • 4
    14 August 2018

    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.

  • 5
    2 August 2018

    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

  • 3
    18 May 2018

    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.

  • 4
    9 April 2018

    Nice whisky

  • 5
    10 January 2018

    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.

  • 5
    27 November 2017

    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.

  • 5
    21 July 2017

    Wow! So many rich flavours, smokey, sweet, loads of depth and great value for money.

  • 5
    19 July 2017

    A perfect mixture of smokiness, flavour, richness and a whiff of the Minch

  • 4
    10 February 2017

    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.

  • 5
    24 October 2016

    A friend brought it back. Great warmth with a variety of sensory treats. Can't find it here in Hawaii

  • 5
    21 October 2016

    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

  • 3
    9 March 2016

    This is a very nice smoky whisky with the delicious sweet notes of port but it needs more refinement. Good but not great.

  • 4
    14 February 2016

    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 . . . .

  • 5
    3 October 2015

    Fantastic sweet start and then smoky finish

  • 5
    21 February 2015

    Loves smoked mackerel finish. Shocked, with awe the first time round, would most definitely recommend every time.

  • 5
    23 January 2015

    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.

  • 2
    10 July 2014

    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.

  • 5
    9 July 2014

    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.

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