April 19, 2013 – Diageo’s Classic Malts range is expanding with a new Talisker single malt. Port Ruighe is a Port wine cask-finished Talisker with no age statement, and is being bottled at 45.8% ABV.
The whisky uses the Gaelic name for the port on Talisker’s home, the Isle of Skye (pronounced as “Ree”). In a news release, Classic Malts Master Blender Maureen Robinson described the whisky’s provenance:
“Talisker Port Ruighe is a combination of spirit that has been matured in American Oak and European Oak refill casks in the traditional manner along with spirit that has been filled into specially conditioned deeply charred casks. The spirit is then finished in casks that have previously held Port Wine which endows it with spicy fruit notes. These bond elegantly with that clean, fresh smokiness that signals its essential Talisker character.”
Port Ruighe will be a permanent addition to the Talisker range, but will only be available in Western Europe at first. It’s the second new expression for Talisker in 2013, following the release of Talisker Storm earlier this year.
Links: Classic Malts