Talisker Port Ruighe

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Port Cask Finish
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Mar 2013 7:54 pm

Average value

€ 49.69

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Port Ruighe

167 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.49 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    All in all, I like the Port Ruighe quite well, but there are clear points deductions for the finish and I think I also notice the lack of maturity. It tastes good to me, enjoyment sets in, but without enthusiasm. Tasted in 2013
    • Nose
      In the nose, I notice a soft smoke, but my brain quickly fades out. Behind it, I find a sweet, floral-fruity smell, almost like a sinful, a bit obscene woman's perfume. Somewhat hidden I find again the anise, which I rediscover in almost every Talisker and a slight reminder of the sea. But maybe that's just my imagination, because I know what I have in my glass.
    • Taste
      The taste shows me two very different impressions, on the one hand my tongue is greeted by a clear sparkling sharpness and I'm pretty sure it's not the alcohol. On the other side, the smell is confirmed with a flowery sweetness. I have associations of whole milk chocolate with chilli and candied rose petals.
    • Finish
      The finish disappoints me. A short sweetness is still there, but in the end there is only an unpleasant bitterness that I did not have in my mouth.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    In intensity of departure, although clearly superior to the Tomatin 14, but not really my thing. The sour wine notes and the smoke do not go well together, I think. Out of round, patched port notes, too bitter; the DE is miles better. I wish the finish would be shorter ... it gets more and more disgusting. Not my cup of painting.
    • Nose
      Smoke, wine, gummy, sour, cherries, freshly toasted bread, cranberries, menthol, salt, nose stings
    • Taste
      oily, slightly spicy, orange, lemon, vanilla, ginger, pepper, smoke, cherries, cranberries, coffee, leather
    • Finish
      long, smoky, earthy-dirty, sweetish, sourish, slightly musty, orange, pepper, very strong mocha, leather, menthol, salt, burnt toast, licorice, tar

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 38 Euro in May, 2013.

    [August, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 41,50 Euro in October, 2013.

    [November, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 40,50 Euro in July, 2014.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5 all times.  My notes state the port finish is a great combo with the peaty Talisker profile...

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Recognizable a Talisker, with the typical flavors and sharpness (which does not come from the alcohol). Partly not unlike the 10, dense in the nose but no real depth, rather thin in the mouth. The port does not seem intrusive, but rather well integrated, but without giving the young malt the appearance of maturity. Somehow tasty, but you don't miss a thing.

    Edit: After a few weeks in the open bottle, it becomes nice and waxy and velvety spicy, with a banana and pear on the nose, unfortunately with sulfur in the finish.
    • Nose
      85 85
      very fine and sweet smoke and ash, vanilla, the red fruits of the port, greasy and fat with some smoked ham, oily and peppery with hints of caramel and barley malt, cassis and strawberry, raisins, orange, leather, soot, cherry, maritime notes with salt and iodine, cocoa, plum jam, green bell pepper, marzipan and traces of cinnamon, honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      a dollop of honey, caramel and ash, smoked barley malt, then it gets hot with chilli, ginger and pepper, oak wood, slightly fruity and sweet, raisins, soot and cocoa powder, leather, oranges, cherries, espresso, tingling spices of clove and cinnamon, Vanilla, plum
    • Finish
      80 80
      Ash and smoked barley malt, strong and earthy cocoa powder, light sweetness of port and dark fruits, in between clear bitterness, some oak and spices, pepper, caramel, vanilla, leather, hints of salt and oil, soot, drying out, subtle honey

  5. Jabarkas scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Unsurprisingly not as good as Talisker 10. Port Ruighe has less peat than Talisker 10. If you seek a strong combination of peat and sherry (well Port...), you are going to be disappointed here by both. It is like a wilder yet watered down version of Talisker 10 with some medium level sherry notes. I do not recommend buying whole bottle. Get a glass somewhere and it should be enough for a new experience.

    All in all Talisker 10 shines next to it. It feels like a more complex older whisky. Which it is (Port Ruighe ages for 7 to 8 years), so no problems there. And it is cheaper as well. Or go for Benromach 10 if you look for that sherry and peat in this price range. Still a much better choice.
    • Nose
      Sherry, a bit of peat.
    • Taste
      Bitter taste first, very little peat. Some sweetness and dark fruits afterwards.
    • Finish
      Some more sherry and again a bit of peat.

  6. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Bah I want to like this more, it’s just ok. The sweetness and peat somehow seam to clash instead of mingle. It’s not bad, just not good.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and lightly acrid smoke, the sweetness does have a red wine vinegar, red berry hint, tomatoe juice
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruity, then peat smoke, white pepper, a touch thin
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short, warm, peat and a light sweetness, a doughy bread note emerges

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    I do not have much to do with whisky anymore.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      74 74

  8. kikist scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
      Earthy, orange cake, sweet, sour green tea
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet, little bit of peat, artificial peach and lot of chilly & pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      pepper, oily artificial fruit flavors

  9. KentWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

  10. tangtang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    pleasant profile. Nice port maturation combined with the typical Talisker character. Very tasty.


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