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Talisker Port Ruighe Review

19th February  2013
Introducing the latest addition to the Talisker family, the Talisker Port Ruighe.

It is very rare to see a new addition to the Talisker core range but let me introduce you to the 2nd new addition to the range this year, the Talisker Port Ruighe.

As its name suggests this new expression of Talisker has spent some time in Port wine casks. It is a combination of spirit that has been matured in American Oak and European Oak refill casks in the traditional manner along with spirit that has been filled into specially conditioned deeply charred casks. The spirit has then been finished in casks that have previously held Port Wine which endows it with spicy fruit notes.

Port Ruighe  (pronounced ‘Portree’) is the Gaelic spelling of of the once bustling trading port Portree on the Isle of Skye. The distillery has been using Port Casks to age its whisky since as far back as 1898 and this new Malt is a toast to the Scottish merchants who braved the high seas to bring back the newly discovered Port Wine from Portugal.

The new Talisker Port Ruighe combines the powerful smoky maritime character of Talisker which we all know with succulent sweet notes of rich berry fruits from the Port wine casks for a superb contrasting taste experience.

Like the Talisker Storm released earlier this year, Talisker Port Ruighe is a permanent addition to the Talisker core range single malt whiskies. It is being introduced to offer Talisker consumers a further intriguing flavour dimension of this celebrated and distinctive island single malt whisky. Like the Talisker Storm, Talisker Port Ruighe carries no age statement and was bottled at the traditional Talisker strength of 45.8% ABV.

Talisker Distiller Manager Mark Lochhead commented:

"Talisker lovers are getting spoiled this spring! After Talisker Storm, which has been very well received, we’re now offering a contrasting taste experience that will intrigue whisky drinkers who enjoy a hint of aromatic fruit and richness with their Talisker smoke. It’s still very much a true Talisker, but from a different, memorable angle."

Talisker Port Ruighe Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Tawny.

Nose: A mild but enticing touch of fruit and spice gets you first which is coated in a sweet pepperyness. A delicate smoke. light creamy vanilla.

Taste: A touch of smoke which becomes spicier. The unmistakable Talisker pepper coated in light sweet toffee, dark fruits and creamy vanilla .

Finish: A long finish. A touch of dried fruit, mild drying smoke slowly fading leaving a lovely lingering dry oaky spiciness.

Comment: I have to say I enjoyed this. Certainly some youthfulness in there but it has blended in well with the mature stuff. I did have it in my mind that it was going to be a big in your face port wine influenced expression but it isn't at all, the port influence is subtle but still enough to give the Talisker we know a new dimension. It gets fruitier the more you have and the more I have the more I like it. Not 100% sure what the price is on this yet, I have heard it will be £50 which given that it doesn't carry an age statement I am sure it will put many people off but I would say if you are a Talisker fan I don't think you will regret buying it, another quality whisky from Talisker.

SMW Score 89/100

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