A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

The Port Ruighe is a NAS Talisker (like the Storm, the Dark Storm and the 57 North which I previously reviewed together with the Talisker 10) finished in Ruby Port pipes. Ruby port is the “plain” port, that isn’t allowed to oxidize while aging.

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Talisker Port Ruighe (45.8% ABV)

Appearance: Light bronze, quick forming legs.

Nose: Wet peat, the nose is very Islay. A lot of sweetness with a wet wood burning fire. After a while, the peat dissipates and the fruityness of the port comes through on a nose that is very Talisker.

Palate: Red berry sweetness on the center of the tongue, full bodied liquid with strong notes of BBQ flavored Bissli (an Israeli deep fried pasta based snack – Israel’s potato chips).

Linger: Medium, light peat with some tannins that leave a somewhat bitter finish.


Talisker has done a nice job extending the range, although the choice of Ruby Port is called into question after tasting Tawny Port finished whisky.

This bottle was part of a Port themed night at the Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club.

3 comments on “A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe
  1. manndl says:

    great that u liked it!i thought it is a bit harsh&young 🙁 i like the D.E. at the same price much more.

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