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You can spend years waiting for a new release in Talisker's core range then two come along at once! Hot on the heels of Talisker Storm in early 2013 comes Talisker's Port Ruighe, pronounced 'Port Ree'.
This no age statement release is finished in Port wine casks, imparting a new dimension to this Isle of Skye single malt.
Nose: After a wave of initial sea spray, the nose becomes more complex with Crayola crayons, orange pith and a touch of white chocolate. Demerara and even sticking plaster emerge briefly along with plummy, umeshu notes.
Palate: Initial characteristic Talisker brine once again but much sweeter than usual. Thick and mouth coating like the Storm with chilli and a little chocolate orange. Increasingly smoky - much smokier than the nose suggests.
Finish: Milk chocolate becomes cocoa and oak with mocha notes and the faintest hint of that orange pith once again.
Overall: Alongside the distillery style there are similarities with Talisker Storm with the thicker, oilier mouthfeel and wood smoke. Port Ruighe has taken on additional characteristics from the Port casks however, adding sweetness and different notes such as plum and chocolate.
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An initial blending of sherry, oranges and sweet fruit rounded out by the port finish. Sweet and gentle to start, but opens up with water to deliver notes of sulphur, seaweed and smoke on the finish - a surprise! A subtle marriage of fruit, smoke and sea. By restraining the peat and oil, a rich complexity emerges from the spirit. A wonderfully balanced, complex malt comparable to the 2006 Distiller's Edition on some levels, but truly a unique treat for Talisker lovers. This is a far better expression of an island malt than the highly praised "Peat Monsters" lauded by critics.
26th November 2016
A new cheaper sort of Talisker, as it is a no age statement whisky (nas) it is the alternative for one of the standard bottlings. I love Talisker,s the 25y and the 18* plus the standard 10 all super whisky. But this is far worse quality than anything from them I have ever tasted.
26th April 2016
I bought a bottle of this whilst in the Talisker distillery last week. Very smooth, smokey, and very surprised. Nice whisky........
24th April 2016
It's more complex and sweeter version of Talisker 10yo. I think this is very succsessful edition.
14th November 2015
Talisker 10 yo is a famous and well known whisky that lots of people widely appreciate. The rough and tough character of it is much loved and enjoyed. The Storm expression was great as well, but at a much higher price, it's not much different from the 10 yo benchmark dram. Here is the Port Ruighe version. It reliefs me to say that this presentation is actually quite different. The earlier mentioned rough and tough have been toned down a bit. This is a smarter animal. Much more refined, with coastal scents and seaweed and alge to start with. Moving on to the palete, there's the typical Talisker hotness, but much more polished. Small traces of smoke and salt can be found, but they're rather faint, like the port influences from it's casks. The finish is, also very Talisker-like, long lasting with some added woody impressions along the way. All in all, this Talisker through amd through, but refreshingly different which will make the fans happy.
31st January 2015
Aye, sweeter and not as peaty as "normal" Talisker, have to admit that the Distillers Edition is still my favourite expression of Talisker so far
7th June 2014
This is an excellent Talisker but I wish the edges weren't rounded. It is not even close to the Distillers Edition which I love so much. All in all this is a fine scotch and glad I purchased it but not over the DE.
19th February 2014
The new range of Taliskers (Storm, Dark Storm and Port Ruighe) are all a bit disappointing I'm afraid. Invented by marketing people, and a bit uninspired. The PR is quite ok, but if you want a gentle, complex Talisker with a sweet side to it, just get the Distillers Edition.
26th January 2014
I firmly believed for a number of years (since my first and last bottle of Laphroaig) that I couldn't enjoy peaty, smoky whiskies. Talisker Port Ruighe is a game changer for me. It impressed me so much that I've now discovered that producing smoky and peaty characters involves two distinctly different processes. Charred wood here I come...!
3rd December 2013
I was fortunate enough to get this at a cracking price of £30 and honestly, I wish I had paid £44. Because that's what it deserves. An appropriate 'hit' of smoke is balanced by the effects of the Port casks. Certainly has that oily texture people have mentioned, a little bit of white pepper and that smokehouse whiff on the nose. This does it for me, and is part of an interesting direction Talisker are taking with their no age statement bottlings.
24th August 2013
I always liked Talisker and thats why I forked out with £52 for this new release. I was not disappointed, not at all.This is a lovely drink for a warm summers evening, not as severe as the Islay whiskys I normally drink. Talisker Port Ruighe is a great combination of flavours such as honey, fruit and tar. /mike-stockholm-sweden
22nd August 2013
A pleasant camp fire evoking memories of childhood visits to the candy store on the nose. Surprisingly smooth on the palate with notes of Christmas pudding and truffles and a smoky finish. All in all a solid drop. If it looks like a whiskey, and walks like a whiskey.... Then you've definitely had too much whiskey!!! :)
10th August 2013
Acidic and crispy scent of grapes around smoky peat. Oily texture with fruity pepper and iodine. Warm sweet finish with lingering taste of charred wood. Perhaps a bit disappointing for a Talisker. Could use some more power and complexity, nevertheless it's good.
21st July 2013
While on holiday, I purchased a bottle of this whiskey. I finished all but a dram, because I wanted my father to try it. I had a hard time placing the nose, until it dawned on me. The belly of an old schooner I sailed on a few years back. Wonderful aroma of wood fired cook stove, and salt aged wood. The flavor is rich with smoked salmon and the finish pleasantly reminds you that you just sipped a full bodied dram. This is no wimp. Isle of Sky is an absolutely beautiful place, and it is no wonder they produce such a fine dram!
20th July 2013