Talisker Port Ruighe

Talisker Port Ruighe [Talisker]

Talisker is one distillery that I would love to visit. I adore the standard 10 year old, the 18 year old is spectacular and alongside Lagavulin, its Distiller’s Edition is one that just seems to work exceptionally well. I’ve also been fortunate enough to taste the Storm (a no-aged-statement whisky that was recently released) and the rather good Talisker Manager’s Choice at the recent Midlands Whisky Festival. I now just need to taste the 35 year old Special Release from 2012 to complete the recent set if anyone has any to spare?

Talisker has also been in the news as Diageo, its parent, has just completed a £1 million revamp of the visitor experience at the distillery on Skye, and from the images I have seen and the reviews I’ve read it looks wonderful – it is very modern, makes fantastic use of material and space and is set to treat the many thousands of visitors who flock annually to the western side of the island.

Today though, we’re interested in the latest (this is the very latest) offering from Talisker – the Port Ruighe. It has been double matured (the second maturation being in Port casks) and bottled at the typical Talisker ABV of 45.8%. We tried this over the summer of 2013 (that’s right – those 3 days over the early May bank holiday – that was summer) and it certainly went down well on a relatively warm evening before enjoying some food.

Here is what we thought:

Talisker Port Ruighe [45.8%]
Talisker with a summer twist. The port finishing adds a delicious sweet element to the whisky. Definitely one for the beach, or as a different introduction to this great distillery from the Isle of Skye
Nose: Initial blast of what you want from a classic Talisker with good notes of pepper and smoke. This fades to show off some sweet fairground candyfloss and a golden syrup sweetness. Chocolate and toasted peanuts complete the experience
Palate: Lovely rich and sweet. It is a little subdued when compared to the nose, with the port flavours somewhat overpowering the more familiar Talisker experience. The pepper is still present and lifts the spirit. Very summery.
Finish: Long and smokey with a good mix of spice and black pepper.