Talisker Port Ruighe


The third and final whisky sampled as part of the Cheese and Whisky Matching Masterclass at Whisky Birmingham 2015 run by The Birmingham Whisky Club, matched with a Gratin Blue cheese.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience. as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.


Dark gold.


Sweet, smokey and salty all at the same time with a hint of port showing through.


More smokey than the nose would suggest, while also less salty than expected from a Talisker. It is also surprisingly sweet with a fruity quality.


Long lasting and still smokey.


Another impressive NAS. Despite a salty undertone it was note the salty slap in the face I had expected from a Talisker. The port casks have certainly added another dimension and made a lovely tipple and very well matched with the dense and creamy Gratin Blue cheese.




Taken from Talisker website:


Double matured in port cask wood, Port Ruighe 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. An aroma infused with the sweet, smokiness of a dying fire, mixed with the richness of ripe plums. It combines a powerful maritime character with succulent sweet notes of rich berry fruits for a superb contrasting taste.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve tried this once before and read reviews… but still can’t quite get my head around it. I love me some peaty whisky and I have a soft spot for port matured drams. And yet I can’t picture them together! I’m going to have to bit the bullet and get a bottle so that I can form second (and third and fourth) opinions.
    Keep on waffling,


    1. It’s certainly an unexpected mix but one I found I quite enjoyed. It did go particularly well with the Gratin Blue cheese – as you’d expected from a port cask – but I unfortunately haven’t tried it on its own which may give me a different take on it.

      I commend the innovation currently going on with NAS’s although I’m sure some of them will hit the same hurdles as traditional aged whiskies in that they don’t always quite get it right.

      Never hurts to get third and fourth (and fifth and sixth) opinions on a dram though!


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