Port Askaig 19 Year Old70cl / 50.4%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Speciality Drinks Ltd
This is a cask-strength edition of the wonderful Port Askaig 19 Year Old, bursting with fabulously flinty, lemony, seashells-on-the-seashore flavours. Although the alcoholic strength has only gone up by around 4%, the result is a noticeable jump in intensity. A truly elemental whisky, perfect for swigging from hip flasks during cold winter walks.
Awarded Malt of the Month December 2014
- Iodine (tcp)
Port Askaig 19 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Nose: Intense salty, maritime character, backed up by sour lemons and bitter oranges, with the smoke very much in the background.
Palate: The smoke comes to the fore in the mouth. Ashy, earthy and drying, with spicy cardamom and clove appearing and the fruity notes from the nose taking a back seat.
Finish: Medium to long – the ash and earth are joined by hints of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), which slowly dissipate to reveal a dry, smoky ending.
Comment: An elegant yet complex aged Islay that combines classic peated-whisky notes of ash and earth with some fruitier tones. This is a sipper and definitely one to sit and take your time over.
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Crisp, stony smoke hides a layer of muddy peat. There are hints of flowers and a thick and spicy middle, reminding me of sponge-cake batter.
Palate: A syrupy sweet start is quickly overtaken by flinty smoke and charcoal dust, sherbert fountains, lemons and a hint of violet.
Finish: Long and lingering, with sappy wood and sherbet lemons giving way to wood ash in a cast iron stove. After that there’s a lingering green leafiness – fruit leaves? Water: Dirties up the nose with heavily smoked bacon and adds more sweet and sour fruit to the body – lemons, limes and berries galore. The finish loses some of its its ashy bitterness, becoming softer and sweeter.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: Honeyed and autumnal; bonfires, dried leaves; bandages, swimming pools and bonfires again as the phenols creep in. Coal tar soap; spongecake; marshmallows; caster sugar. More earthiness as it develops. Water lifts bacon fat aromas initially (perhaps even a hint of black pudding?), then some more summery hints of sweetpea, raspberry leaf & honeysuckle gradually emerge.
Palate: Lovely silky mouthfeel; upfront smoky burnt wood, more pronounced and assertive than the nose suggests; varying aspects of lemon (zest, pith and cheesecake); a seeingly austere flavour profile initially allied with a luxurious texture. Takes water very well – the smoke and soot relax in intensity, making it even more easy to drink…
Finish: Very good length. Becomes sweeter. Lingering soot and smoke, with a growing lemony citrus tang; some lightly drying oak at the death.
Comment: The King is dead… Long live the King. Port Askaig Harbour 19yo is a very worthy successor to a vanished great, sharing the 17yo’s characteristic of inducing an almost automatic repour and a strong urge to throw the cork away. If I wasn’t so hugely sentimentally attached to the 17yo - sorry if I forgot to mention that already - I might even confess to preferring this, but that would be too much, too soon. Suffice on this solemn occasion to say that I’m glad on two counts: firstly, that I have a small stash of the 17yo tucked away for special occasions; and second, that for as long as the replacements taste this good, I won’t be too sad for too long.
8 Customer Reviews
It''s a great whisky, reminds me of a nice Caol Ila or even a Port Ellen. But, just a bit expensive in my opinion, which is why it''s not ranked even higher.
Smoky aromas and citric flavors. High class distinct and recognizable dram!!
Very elegant! Not strong at all like Laphroaig...i would give 4 points.
There is lemon, mint with some light smoke. Tastes fantastic. Highly recommended.
We are getting; Arbroath smokies,heavy hints of nurses with TCP, essence of guy Fawks on holiday on the west coast Completed with a honeycomb finish.
Nose is complex: lemon and mint. Green apples. Fresh and bright. Brine and minerals stand out for the most part. Mouth: quite briny with lots of lemon and grapefruit. The presence of peat is rather strong, supported by liquorice and pepper. Soft medicinal notes too. A little almond oil and nice hints of gingerbread. Finish: medium long, clean and smoky. No need for water, drink neat. Quite decent dram, one should try.
First tried a port askaig in a bar, went out and bought this the same week. Wonderful dark fruit flavours backed up by a heavy honey sweetness. So good.
Got a bottle of this yesterday. Tasted it today, wow, fantastic! I love caol isla, this is very recognisable as that, but has something extra, quite distinctive. This is deffinatly the first of many for me from Port Askaig.