Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Port Askaig 19 + 30 Reviews: TWE Show Report

Port Askaig, a place. Where you start the Islay adventure if you get the ferry over, also a mystery malt from Islay by Speciality Drinks (The Whisky Exchange).

I’ve been corrected before, but speciality say that these releases have come from a few different Islay distilleries, from Bourbon and Sherry casks. However, all the ones I’ve tasted (albeit only 3) have tasted like refill Caol Ila. My review of the 16 is here.

Anyway, I’ve got 2 of the more expensive versions today.

Port Askaig 19 50.4%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Fresh Caol Ila-esque tropical fruit, pineapple and some mango, lots of coal.
Taste: Quite strong and full, lots of smoke, pineapple, coal and white pepper.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Oak with pepper and spice.
A nice cask strength expression, I would expect maybe more intensity and complexity but it’s very nice indeed.
77/100

Port Askaig 30 45.8%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Dusty tropical fruit, like an old Laphroaig, pineapple, mango and cinnamon combo, waxy.
Taste: Light, soft some peat develops but the age has tamed it. Lots of spice from the oak, very dry oak, sea salt, white pepper. Waxy and oily.
Finish: Long length. Tropical fruit and dry oak.
A different experience to the 19. Lots more oak but has lost the smoke really. Same mark.
77/100

These are course very nice whiskies but I wouldn’t be buying them for the price. The 30yo is about £200 I think.

Thanks for reading!

Reviews #238-#239

Network Average: 76
Best Score: 93
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just about OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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