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Independent Bottlers Island of Islay Port Askaig Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Port Askaig 10yo 10th Anniversary

Review of a celebratory Port Askaig.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 55.85%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill and refill, ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Elixir Distillers
Average price: € 78.00
Official website: www.portaskaig.com
Vote: 82/100

Port Askaig is a label that was established in 2009 by Sukhinder Singh, founder of Speciality Drinks (since 2017 Elixir Distillers), with the intention of offering a whisky that perfectly embodies the spirit of Islay.
Their current offering, organised in releases limited to a few thousand bottles, aligns an 8yo, the 100th Proof, the 110th Proof, today’s 10yo, a 25yo, a 28yo, a venerable 45yo, a 12yo Spring Edition and a 12yo Autumn Edition. All these whiskies are produced without chill filtration or the addition of caramel colouring.
The distillery of origin is not stated, but clues lead to Caol Ila, geographically close to the location on the north-east coast of Islay that gives the label its name.
Elixir Distillers, based in London, also owns the celebrated The Whisky Exchange, one of the most renowned shops, and one of the largest online shops, in the industry.

This 10yo, released in 2019 to celebrate the brand’s tenth anniversary (imported into Italy by Velier), was matured 25% in ex-Bourbon first fill hogshead, 60% in refill hogshead and 15% in ex-Sherry butt.
The unique 55.85% ABV represents numerically the latitude of Port Askaig.

Tasting notes

The colour is a light gold.
On the nose, the first impact is with an unlit fireplace smoke, with a robust sprinkling of black pepper that occasionally rekindles the fire. The peat is accompanied by a hint of butter biscuits and a rather pleasant scent of rosemary. The impression is that under the ashes there is a sweetness that is struggling to reveal itself. After a few minutes, a balsamic note of liquorice and one of aniseed emerge, before the sweetness overcomes its reluctance and finally shows itself in the form of custard.
On the palate, the opening is super peppery, made explosive by the alcohol content (which was fairly well integrated on the nose), with subsequent hints of brine and BBQ sauce and a woody accent. Yellow apple peeps out over time.
The finish is long and ashy, with a very timid yellow apple in the background.

More interesting on the nose than in the mouth, a solid peated whisky that will win over devotees of the genre. However, it lacks the poetry: an impetus capable of propelling it into the hyperuranium of excellence.

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