Port Askaig are a range of single malt whiskies released by Speciality Drinks and named after the Port Askaig village on Islay. Since it’s launch in 2009 it has had several different age statements some of which are still available and has included whisky from 3 different Islay distilleries, so good luck pinning down exactly which Islay malt is in your bottle. They have recently launched a 45yo, 30yo, 15yo and the whisky in this review the Port Askaig 100° Proof at 57.1% available from the Whisky Exchange for £44.95.
On the nose it’s very fresh and vibrant, sea spray and brine, charred meat, peat, sliced white bread, barley, damp ash, slight citrus, there is some green apples and gooseberries.
The palate is initially sweet, there is peat and a fruity note followed by salted lemons and lemon sherbert’s, finally there is some cinnamon spice and wood char.
The finish delivers citrus notes and ash/sooty notes and is slightly drying.
Overall for me this is a whisky which sits in the company of whiskies like Aberlour A’Bunadh and Benromach 100 Proof, good value with plenty to offer.
The Benromach 100 proof, is the bigger more robust sibling of the standard 10 year old bottling reviewed here, this is bottled for released at 57% and it’s a great addition to the Benromach line up.
The nose immediately offers up Dundee cake, along with dark chocolate, bitter orange marmalade, polished wood, plum jam and five spice.
Moving onto the palate and it is all big flavours, red fruits, cocoa, dried figs, slightly woody (chewing on a pencil at school) with a black pepper warmth.
On the finish there’s menthol and a real touch of spice.
Wrapping up this review it’s a lovely whisky with a great mouthfeel, the extra ABV over the 10YO really helps coats the mouth and for £44 at time of publishing this offers a lot of whisky for a good price, available here.
Many thanks to Benromach and Steve Rush of The Whisky Wire, this sample was tasted as part of the #BernromachTT.