Port Askaig is terrific Islay single malt bottled by our sister company Speciality Drinks. This 17 year-old has a sumptuous balance of smoke, citrus and sweetness - dangerously more-ish for the Islay fans among us.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdBottling StatusDiscontinuedAge17 Year Old
Nose: Citrus and sweetness initially, with lemon juice, orange zest, honey and lemon curd. The phenols are restrained, lurking in the background as coal and wet burnt wood. With time more sooty notes emerge, alongside grapefruit, tangerine peel and faint medicine cabinet hints.
Palate: A soft entry at first, with honey and lemon from the nose and a hint of brine. Then a rush of spongecake accompanies the tangerine and grapefruit, before the coal finally emerges mid-palate, setlling onto the tastebuds for a long, but balanced peaty, smokey rumble.
Finish: Long, becoming warm. Coal and pepper with some delicious flashes of honey and marmalade.
Comment: Quite worryingly drinkable and extremely more-ish. The balance is faultless, with each flavour element getting its moment in the limelight before dropping back into the ensemble. An absolutely delightful dram.
Customer Reviews: (11 reviews)
I tried a dram when in the Highlander Inn, Craigellachie and it is fantastic. What surprised me most of all is how light it feels in your mouth, yet there is a distictive flavour of Peat. As a laphroag lover, I find Askaig to be a great alternative. My first find of 2012 and I don't mind if it is my last
- Hugh M, 21st Jan '12
cmmmoz, thanks for your kind words - we're delighted that you enjoy Port Askaig so much! Afraid your theory falls down on one crucial aspect, though: Port Askaig is a single malt, not a blended malt :)
- TWE Admin, 25th Feb '11
surely the name gives this away? why would they call it port Askaig if it was not a blend of the two distilleries based there, oh and it does taste like a marriage of soft Bunnahabhain and oily Caol Ila, dangerously easy drinking dram this.
- cmmmoz, 24th Feb '11
It's definetly a Caol ila, as an Islay fan and a Caol ila lover, it's smells like a Caol ila and the fact that the distillery is selling it's prodution more regularlly then other Islay producers gives the final stamp
- The White one...(israel), 24th Dec '10
- TWE Admin, 14th Dec '10
I think it is the same as the Islay Mist. The nose and other flavours, as well as the age lead me to believe that this is a Bowmore. 2nd choice Bunnahavin. Definitely not Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavullin or Caol Ila!
- Tom de Lange (South Africa), 11th Dec '10
Ralph, Port Askaig is a single malt from one of Islay's distilleries, not a blend. Can't tell you which, though :)
- TWE Admin, 30th Jun '10
Was given this a a present, so i tried it straight away. I would like to know which Islay whiskies are in this blend, my guess is Lagavulin and Coal ila ???
- Ralph, 29th Jun '10
Is Port Askaig a distillery of its own, or is this a range of Caol Ila expressions in differrent bottles? Could'nt figure it out from their website...
- Sebastian (Sweden), 4th Mar '10
Technical hitch - many thx, Peter
- TWE Admin, 7th Dec '09
I just bought this and tasting it now ...More later; one remark now : the strenth is 45.8% as you can almost see clearly when you enlarge the picture
- Peter, 1st Dec '09
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