Talisker Port Ruighe

Talisker Port Ruighe

(0.7l, 45.8%)


6.9/10
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"The king o' drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker."  
 Robert Louis Stevenson 

Talisker distillery was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskil at Carbost, on the the Isle of Skye. In all these years Talisker's distillation method has remained virtually the same, refusing to go with the flow of the industry, other than with the necessary health and safety improvements. As the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker's drams are quite idiosyncratic, defining an Island malt style that is their very own.

Port Ruighe is Talisker’s 2nd release bottled without an age statement (after Talisker Storm). Port Ruighe (pron. Portree, after the largest town on the Isle of Skye), was finished in Port casks after an initial ageing process in refilled American and European casks. The second maturation in Port casks gave it sweeter nuances that come greatly together with peated smoke
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    45.8%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    No age Statement

Flavour Spiral™

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smoky
port
white chocolate
raisin
sweet
pepper
orange
berries
caramel
What does Talisker Port Ruighe taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Talisker Port Ruighe and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden amber

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Chocolate, turf, raisins, putty, Jaffa cake, orange pith, white chocolate
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Berry fruit, peat, spongecake, damson jam, chocolate raisins, gingerbread, chilli. Increasingly smoky

Finish 
Enormously chewable

 

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Ratings & Reviews
Tristan
Tristan,
Getting soft notes of juicy black cherries and smoke. The palate shows white chocolate and orange peel with zest that hangs on the finish. It’s a very decent dessert Scotch, but not a personal favorite of mine. And it certainly doesn’t come close to the original Talisker!
 
Matt
Matt,
Smoky with a sweet richness.
 
Gordon
Gordon,
Wow, this is one of my favorites. Smooooooothhhh. Port flavors are strong off the start and stay throughout. Peat and smoke linger in the background at first but slowly come out to finish off the taste. If anything, the port, smoke and peat dominate to the detriment of any other flavors. But overall, a keeper and I will be adding this to my bar.
 
Brian
Brian,
Too peaty for my taste.
 
William
William,
Love it, very smooth and easy to drink...
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Very good. Favorite of the 3 in this Flavours of Scotch tasting. Smells good. Looks good. Tastes good. Almost more or a hickory than peat smokiness. Reminds me of an older 70s style home with golden/orange shag carpets. We love it. Deserves the 8 stars.
 
guest
guest,
rates up there with the best ...the bottle says “made by the sea” they mean it literally as it smells like the sea and tastes like the finest oysters
 
Gerry
Gerry,
Tasted like wet cardboard
 
Brita
Brita,
I like the light pear and the Smokey notes. Very nice.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Aroma smells of ocean air and smoke. It hits your palate dry with the smoke flavor and port. Once the alcohol burns off, it becomes soft and sweet. But that smoke, which isn't that strong, is distracting enough that I cant really focus on the more hidden notes of this scotch. Once I'm half way through the sample, I realize that the aroma has changed as my palate is saturated with its contents. Now it smells like fine leather, almost. This is more of an aromatic experience than a tasting experience for me. Maybe my focus is off tonight.
 
Dave
Dave,
Not a fan. The smoke flavor overpowers everything and the finish is pure pepper (in a bad way)
 
Tony
Tony,
Raisins and smoke, and smoke that lasts and lasts. When it finally eases out of smoke, left with a faint raisin/port afterglow. Really nice
 
David
David,
Possibly one of my favorite scotches to date! A warm, mellow nose with hints of raisin, sweet wine, sea spray and smoke. This is followed up by a first mouthfeel that is balanced and creamy with a sweet and salty taste. The full palate explodes with cake, cherries, raisins, honey and a mild smokey overtone followed by a long and pleasant finish. Complex, rich, balanced and clean. If you enjoy typical highland/speyside flavors and/or sherry cask whiskys, this port-fill is a tremendous addition to your cabinet.
 
Michael
Michael,
This is a very nice dram and a complex flavor - the front end is a tad overpowered by the raisin but not too much - the finish is where this scotch brings it home - the orange and white pepper combine with the caramel to leave you wanting more.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I experienced that this had a medicine aftertaste, and a very light flavor. The benefit is that it had low burn, but it is without any question not a drink for me
 
David
David,
Evokes a taste that is equal parts Islay and Speyside. Not so much peat, earth, and smoke as a Laphroaig and not as much fruit, chocolate, sweets as a Macallan. Something a fence sitter may enjoy.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
nose: white chocolate, brine, soft and creamy, smoke, orange pith, soft/subtle sherry notes palate: creamy body, sweet, some chocolate finish: long finish, milk chocolate transitions into cocoa and into dark hot chocolate, some mild orange pith, mild spice overall: really, really enjoyable drink with complex flavors. easy to drink and delicous. plain and simple
 
Christine
Christine,
A nice twist on peat and smoke - more emphasis on chocolate notes and other flavors while still reminding you of an Islay malt.
 
Guillermo
Guillermo,
It’s OK. Not sure if I would get a bottle.
 
Anne
Anne,
Rich but not peaty, smoky without being overbearing, rounded and complex enough to keep one interested.
 
Logan
Logan,
For someone that doesn't like a ton of smoke, I found this to be very smoke forward, but still well balanced and enjoyable.
 
Vicky
Vicky,
Very good!
 
Mike
Mike,
Clean and Clear. Woody finish.
 
Amyon
Amyon,
Warm and port!
 
K
K,
Jami
 
guest
guest,
Awesome peaty whisky, nice deep levels.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
I very much enjoyed this. Distinctly different from other Talisker expressions (10, Storm, Distiller's Edition), largely because of the high level of port notes, yet so definitely still Talisker from the baseline caramel/pepper/smoke character. I would love to get my hands on more of this, but alas, that does not seem likely. Thank you, Flaviar, for the opportunity to try some excellent and unique whisky.
 
B
B,
Smokey nose, and tastes like red hots and burnt sugar.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
As soon as I got a whiff of that smoke, I thought Johnny Walker. Once I tasted it, I knew it was leagues better than JW.
 
KC
KC,
Smooth, peaty, nice finish, clean, bitter nose. Taste is much better than the nose
 
Timothy
Timothy,
I'm a bourbon fan and my friends have no idea why I haven't tried this type of whiskey. I gave it a try and its just not my bag. Perhaps later in life I'll develop a taste for it. I'm just glad I was able to save the money I would have spent on a expensive bottle of scotch for some really nice bourbon.
 
Justin
Justin,
Smoky, smooth, slight bite at the end like a JWalker but a lot cleaner
 
Clarence
Clarence,
Smoky sweet finish... Takes a couple of drams to get the pallet to settle down and enjoy the flavor notes, for a die hard Bourbon sipper.
 
Chris
Chris,
The flavor spiral is right on. Too sweet for me, however.
 
Ty
Ty,
Wonderful wonderful
 
Paul
Paul,
Smokey and delicious. Like I'm outdoors around a campfire surround by pine trees near a brook.
 
Robert
Robert,
Just love it
 
Jeff
Jeff,
One of the best whiskers
 
Steve
Steve,
A bit harsher than the other 2. Least favorite of the 3.
 
Michael
Michael,
A bit too peaty for me
 
Corey
Corey,
Peat is not my jam!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Prior to receiving the Welcome Box, I had picked up a bottle of the Talisker 10 and to be honest, I could not detect much difference between the 10yr and the Port Ruighe, which is a shame because where the taste is perfect for that "middle-of-a-camp-fire" kind of feel, but that's not the taste I'm looking for in Scotch anymore.
 
Brett
Brett,
Smoke!!
 
Virgil
Virgil,
Need it!
 
Joe
Joe,
Oh yeah! That's the stuff! As I tasted it I loved the complex flavors and smell. I will be putting that in my personal stash to share only with special friends on very special occasions.
 
Ross
Ross,
Peaty, sweet finish, medium body. Less overbearing than some other Islays I've tried.
 
Zack
Zack,
Note worthy
 
Toby
Toby,
Talker had a very light hint of smoke that was delightful. Pleasant drink for a classy evening.
 
Robert
Robert,
An intriguingly complex blend of sweet and smokey.
 
Chris
Chris,
Enjoyable
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Smoky, raisin nose. Copper/rose gold color. Smooth on the palette, everything you see on the tasting wheel. Orange, raisin, caramel, port wine are all here and in harmony, bound by sublime smoke. Finish is a more intense version of the taste, slightly sweeter and smokier. Not to be missed.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Strong smell aroma, burn the nose a bit. Smokey over takes the taste.
 
David
David,
Most complex in the set. Chocolate dominates but there is SO much depth - almost too much. Great choice if it's the only drink of the evening and enjoyed slowly.
 
Deja
Deja,
A little harsh but still pleasant.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Interesting smell and smooth finish, I'm not a smokey fan so a little much for me.
 
Robbie
Robbie,
A smoother tasting Talisker but still packed with a nice richness.
 
James
James,
Great taste, full of flavor not to strong.
 
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
Great scotch! Peaty with a touch of port sweet notes!
 
Carlos
Carlos,
The smell was fascinating but the after taste is a bit too smoky
 
John
John,
Of the three samples in our welcome box, this was our favorite.
 
Paul
Paul,
SImply put, exceptional whisky
 
Donald
Donald,
Not for me.
 
Mark
Mark,
Smoky but a weird aftertaste
 
Kevin
Kevin,
The aroma is amazing with black cherry, plum, and smokey cask. As it roll off your tounge, the finish was long lasting. It is a true pleasure to enjoy this scotch.
 
Don
Don,
Not bad. Decent flavor. I would drink this Scotch again.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
As a Talisker fan, it's an excellent dram. Complex smooth and easy to enjoy on the deck. Just wish I could find a bottle.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
It's like S'mores over a campfire.
 
Michael
Michael,
The best out of all three! Silky smooth, Very Smokey, tasted Caramel and Pepper. Slightly Sweet. Extremely Nice!
 
Jody
Jody,
Complex taste with a lot of depth in flavors. A wonderful way to relax. Feels like home.
 
Michael
Michael,
I've never considered myself a scotch man, but this has turned my opinion. It's smokey and warm and delicious. I'm impressed!
 
Isaac
Isaac,
Good. Has a lot of good flavor.
 
Brenton
Brenton,
A wonderful Talisker. Perfect blend of peat and bite. I can't wait for my next bottle.
 
Uri
Uri,
If Smokey the Bear made scotch, this would be it. If this is what alcohol was, I'd give up on drinking.
 
Derek
Derek,
Extremely smooth and rich in flavor. It has a subtle creaminess and buttery feel in the mouth, despite the smokiness. Overall a delicious drink overall.
 
Michael
Michael,
The smoke and spice almost overpower the other notes, but in a pleasant way.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very smoky, you can taste the chocolate and raisin. The taste took me by surprise but I enjoyed it.
 
David
David,
Surprisingly flavorful, spicy and sweet. Quick finish.
 
William
William,
Excellent. My favorite of the box.
 
Scott
Scott,
Smoky and sweet
 
guest
guest,
Er ist sehr gut und rauchig. Ein Genus ohne gleichen!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Warm and round, with a very unique and complex sweetness. A good whiskey to intrigue the senses.
 
Michael
Michael,
Incredible
 
DeNiro
DeNiro,
A smooth and Smokey flavor with a clean finish.
 
Dylan
Dylan,
Heavier on the smokey side as far as aroma and initial palate. Finishes sweet with a smokey linger.
 
Otniel
Otniel,
Very complex taste. Enjoyed every sip
 
Sam
Sam,
Manly! Smoky, a touch of raisin and sweetness. Potent!
 
Hans
Hans,
Yum
 
guest
guest,
Sh shahs
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very nice smoky flavor. I could see this being a good choice on a cool fall evening by the bonfire or by the hearth on a cold winter night. Very different from what little I know of scotch, being more of a bourbon man, this hits the right spots on my palette.
 
David
David,
Interesting taste, actually not sure how I feel about it yet. Very earthy and sharp, hits some very powerful taste buds
 
Anthony
Anthony,
EXCELLENT!! I really loved it
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Smokey, slightly sweet with a light mouth-feel.
 
John
John,
Smokey. Long after taste. I enjoyed it.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
As this is an early taste test for me as I'm relatively inexperienced with whiskey; it was a fantastic experience. The smoked peat created a wonder profile that did not overwhelm, but still gave you a full flavor profile that was all around wonderful.
 
guest
guest,
One of my favourite drams from Talisker. A nice range on the nose and palate with a lingering sweetness.
 
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