Talisker launches a Port-finished Single Malt – Port Ruighe

Talisker_Port RuigheTalisker, the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky rugged enough to call the Isle of Skye its home, has announced the launch of Port Ruighe. It is enriched by double maturation in port cask wood and has been named after the principal town and port on the Isle of Skye.

Like the recently released Talisker Storm, the newly launched Talisker Port Ruighe is a permanent addition to the current core range of Talisker single malt whiskies.

It has been bottled at the traditional Talisker strength of 45.8% ABV, without an age statement. It will be available from mid-April 2013 in whisky specialist retailers in Western European markets. Talisker Port Ruighe will have a Recommended Retail Price at a premium of 20/25% to the price of Talisker 10 year old.

For more information as well as the tasting notes for this new release, please visit the source link below.

News source – Whisky Intelligence

Some Talisker information:

  • The distillery was founded in 1830 and built in 1831 at Carbost. It was rebuilt in 1960 after a stillhouse fire completely destroyed the distillery.
  • Is currently still the only distillery on the Isle of Skye.
  • Talisker has an unusual feature – swan neck lye pipes. A loop exists in the pipes taking the vapour from the stills to the worm tubs so some of the alcohol condenses before it even reaches the cooler. It then runs back in to the stills and is distilled again.
  • In 1880 Robert Louis Stevenson described it, in his poem “The Scotsman’s Return From Abroad”, as “The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Islay, or Glenlivet.”.
  • In “Assegai” by Wilbur Smith, General Penrod Ballantyne’s favoured whisky is Talisker.
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Talisker 10yo

I thought to carry on my reviews by continuing with the march of the 10 year olds. Back to Scotland this time and the Isle of Skye.

Talisker_10_The Smoky DramWhisky: Talisker 10, 45.8 ABV (Cost around R600)

Region: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Style: Single Malt

Age: 10 Years

The only distillery on the Isle of Skye. Originally they triple distilled but changed to double-distillation in 1928. In 1880 Robert Louis Stevenson described it, in his poem “The Scotsman’s Return From Abroad”, as “The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Islay, or Glenlivet.”

Talisker has an unusual feature – swan neck lye pipes. A loop exists in the pipes taking the vapour from the stills to the worm tubs so some of the alcohol condenses before it even reaches the cooler. It then runs back in to the stills and is distilled again.

Colour: Rich gold to amber

Nose: Up front charcoal smokiness, peat smoke. Closely followed by seaweed, saltiness and sweet citrus. Hint of fields of heather. An attractive, fresh and clean nose.

Palate: Wonderful peat smokiness with dried fruits (pear), freshly ground black pepper and barley. A surprisingly sweetness to the palate with a lovely softness to it – except for the superb burst of pepper at back of ones throat.

Body: Full and intense with plenty of nice legs.

Finish: Powerful with an enduring warm and peppery finish with a mention of sweetness towards the end.

Overall: A delightful whisky for me. It has the peaty smokiness of the Islay whiskies that I like (but not to such a strong degree) yet has a pleasant sweetness to it that balances out the pepper and peaty smoke nicely.

My Score: 89