In the 19th century, Scottish salesmen brought port wine from Portugal to Scotland. Very often, the ships that carried the port casks landed in Portree, which to this day is the largest town on the Isle of Skye. In ancient Gaelic, said town’s name is pronounced Port Ruighe. Inspired by this ancient trading route, the people at Talisker created a port cask-finished whisky by the same name. The Port Ruighe is a very maritime dram with lots of fruity notes – a combination I really appreciate. Besides a very delicious and rather complex flavour profile, you will also get an excellent value for your money when buying this fruity Talisker.
Eye: Liquid amber (coloured with caramel).
Nose: A wonderful combination of maritime, sweet and smoky notes. When sniffing the Port Ruighe, you will find different red fruits such as plums, grapes and cherries as well as salt and smoke.
Palate: The first sip is dominated by the sweetness of very ripe red fruits. Then peppery and smoky notes shine through. If you marinated grapes, plums and cherries in sea salt and black pepper and then put these fruits in a smoker, I guess the result would come pretty close to what the Port Ruighe tastes like.
Finish: Peppery and smoky notes remain on your tongue for quite some time.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Islands (Skye)
Alc. volume: 45.8%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~40.00 Euro
More info: www.malts.com/en-gb/our-whisky-collection/talisker/ (Distillery)