Review: Talisker Port Rhuige Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Finished in Port Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Talisker (Carbost, Scotland)

I quite like port matured or port finished whiskies, and it isn't as common to see port finished peaty whisky. This was released alongside Talisker Storm and Dark Storm as a set of three NAS Taliskers in 2013, and was the most expensive of the bunch...but my favorite.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L4184CM000 0357286

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Vanilla, rancio, almond, cacao - the port fits in well, but doesn’t overtake everything else. On the palate – things are wonderfully balanced. The fruitiness of the port offsets the smoke and spice, and the rancio plays wonderfully with the wood and the smoke as well. On the end, dried leaves, light creaminess, a touch of malt, dried apple…I imaged this would be one of my least-favorite Taliskers but I was very wrong. Also nearly the unanimous favorite Talisker of the lineup of all 5 core expressions when I did a tasting of them with some friends in January of 2016.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, nearly high, at $110. If Scotch was the only whisky category, this might be higher against the market.