Talisker Port Ruighe (45.8%, OB, 2014)
- Island single malt scotch whisky
- 45.8% ABV, £45 for 70cl
- Score: 85/100
What they say:
Talisker Port Ruighe
Double matured in port casks, this malt is a toast to the Scottish traders who braved the high seas and were instrumental in founding the port wine trade, shipping it to the world. ‘Port Ruighe’ (pronounced ‘Portree’) is the Gaelic spelling of the once bustling trading port on Skye. The Port finish combines TALISKER’S powerful maritime character with succulent sweet notes of rich berry fruits for a superb contrasting taste experience.
Nose: Sweet smokiness of a dying wood burning fire with the richness of ripen plums.
Palate: The initial pepper on the tongue soon develops into a peatiness with a difference. A creamy smokiness mingled with spice and dark fruits.
Finish: Long lingering dry smokiness
What I say:
Our fifth dram of the WOLS 13/14 session tour of the regions was the Talisker Port Ruighe from the Island region
Sweet smoked bacon, smoky, sweet and salty
Salty and sweet with lots of jammy fruits, plums, strawberry, smoke appears to be lost in the sweetness
Long, briny and smoky peat a little sweet fruit jam persists