"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.
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.
Smokey nose, and tastes like red hots and burnt sugar.
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.
Smooth, peaty, nice finish, clean, bitter nose. Taste is much better than the nose
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.
Smoky, smooth, slight bite at the end like a JWalker but a lot cleaner
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.
The flavor spiral is right on. Too sweet for me, however.
Smokey and delicious. Like I'm outdoors around a campfire surround by pine trees near a brook.
Just love it
One of the best whiskers
A bit harsher than the other 2. Least favorite of the 3.
A bit too peaty for me
Peat is not my jam!
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.
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.
Peaty, sweet finish, medium body. Less overbearing than some other Islays I've tried.
Talker had a very light hint of smoke that was delightful. Pleasant drink for a classy evening.
An intriguingly complex blend of sweet and smokey.
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.
Strong smell aroma, burn the nose a bit. Smokey over takes the taste.
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.
A little harsh but still pleasant.
Interesting smell and smooth finish, I'm not a smokey fan so a little much for me.
A smoother tasting Talisker but still packed with a nice richness.
Great taste, full of flavor not to strong.
Great scotch! Peaty with a touch of port sweet notes!
The smell was fascinating but the after taste is a bit too smoky
Of the three samples in our welcome box, this was our favorite.
SImply put, exceptional whisky
Not for me.
Smoky but a weird aftertaste
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.
Not bad. Decent flavor. I would drink this Scotch again.
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.
It's like S'mores over a campfire.
The best out of all three! Silky smooth, Very Smokey, tasted Caramel and Pepper. Slightly Sweet. Extremely Nice!
Complex taste with a lot of depth in flavors. A wonderful way to relax. Feels like home.
I've never considered myself a scotch man, but this has turned my opinion.
It's smokey and warm and delicious.
Good. Has a lot of good flavor.
A wonderful Talisker. Perfect blend of peat and bite. I can't wait for my next bottle.
If Smokey the Bear made scotch, this would be it. If this is what alcohol was, I'd give up on drinking.
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.
The smoke and spice almost overpower the other notes, but in a pleasant way.
Very smoky, you can taste the chocolate and raisin. The taste took me by surprise but I enjoyed it.
Surprisingly flavorful, spicy and sweet. Quick finish.
Excellent. My favorite of the box.
Smoky and sweet
Er ist sehr gut und rauchig. Ein Genus ohne gleichen!
Warm and round, with a very unique and complex sweetness. A good whiskey to intrigue the senses.
A smooth and Smokey flavor with a clean finish.
Heavier on the smokey side as far as aroma and initial palate. Finishes sweet with a smokey linger.
Very complex taste. Enjoyed every sip
Manly! Smoky, a touch of raisin and sweetness. Potent!
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.
Interesting taste, actually not sure how I feel about it yet. Very earthy and sharp, hits some very powerful taste buds
EXCELLENT!! I really loved it
Smokey, slightly sweet with a light mouth-feel.
Smokey. Long after taste. I enjoyed it.
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.
One of my favourite drams from Talisker. A nice range on the nose and palate with a lingering sweetness.