Port Askaig is/was a series of Caol Ila whiskies (unnamed, but pretty obvious) from Specialty Drinks Ltd. in London. The momma company of The Whisky Exchange and behind brands like Single Malts of Scotland and Elements of Islay.
About two years ago they released the first 3 whiskies in the Port Askaig range. Very affordable and highly rated in many reviews. At that point in time I didn’t buy any since I had just blown my budget on other stuff. Fortunately, I got to taste some variants here and there and found I especially liked the 25 year old.
A year or so after the initial release they followed the CS, 17, 25 and 30 with a 19 year old at 45.8%. For some reason Talisker’s fallback ABV is gaining popularity with other bottlers.
On the palate I got a pretty nice surprise of a lot more depth than I expected after the OK-but-not-great nose. Lemon, orange, heather, honey, salt, medicinal smoke. The oily and milky flavours I associate with Caol Ila were present too. It goes back to being standard Islay category whisky with the smoke making a come-back. Peat and heather. I truly reminds me of the windblown shores of Islay.
Lemon again, but sweeter. More like lemon curd. Vanilla, grass, heather, smoke, peat and a hint of wood make up the finish. Medium of length means it’s a nice end to a very nice whisky.
This might my favourite of the range so far. I hope there will be more like this since the depth of flavour on the palate is not something I encounter all too often in unnamed Islay whiskies. Especially not in this price range (which is quite affordable for the quality you’re getting).
I have to thank the guys at The Whisky Exchange for sending me a sample, and I have to offer my apologies for waiting more than a year before writing a proper review of this dram!
Port Askaig Harbour, 19yo, Specialty Drinks Ltd., 45.8%, available at The Whisky Exchange for 60 quid.