Talisker Port Ruighe Single Malt Scotch Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – Not Stated

Location – Skye

Casks – American Oak & Port

Price – £46.75

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 3/5

Sweetness – 3/5

Oakiness – 2.5/5

Spiciness – 2/5

Boldness – 3.5/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 3.5/5

Nose – 3.5/5

Value – 4/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

What can go wrong with enjoying a whisky that’s been finished in port casks from time to time? We’re fond of the Talisker Port Ruighe Single Malt Scotch from the Isle of Skye. Talisker has a signature smokiness that claims to have the taste of the sea. This single malt certainly has elements of that but the first taste is definitely sweeter thanks to the use of port casks.

The age of the whisky is not stated on the bottle so it could be that the standard 10 year old Talisker has simply been fine tuned for some time more to build it’s flavour but we’re not completely sure. This is definitely a whisky that you can sit back and enjoy for some time and it’s not too badly priced as well. It’s certainly a good option against some more expensive options out there. 

Should I add ice or water?

This one really is down to preference. The scotch is full of flavour and adding water may take away some of the Port cask taste but if you’re looking to take the edge off slightly or are not massively into smokier whiskies then it could be an option to add either ice or water.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Blues, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Metal

What music pairs with this whisky?

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This one might not be to everyone’s taste and may appeal to more the rock crowd going to gigs from the late 90’s to date. Young Guns are a solid band. Their earlier albums demonstrate a certain youth in terms of production quality but their more recent work has a higher production value. While they may have lost a bit of grit, some of their songs are pretty catchy and this is definitely pertinent for their album Ones and Zeros. We’ve paired the Talisker Port Ruighe with this band as the spirit may not have matured for as long as other whiskies but it’s still a worthwhile product that you can keep coming back to. 


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