Port Askaig 10 Year Old (10th Anniversary) Review

The brand Port Askaig (From Elixir Distillers) is celebrating its 10th anniversary (Yes, it has been around for ten years already!). The first special celebratory release is a new ten year old Port Askaig.

There are 10,000 bottles, all from 33 casks. Some are classic refill American-oak hogsheads like thos used in Port Askaig 100 Proof, along with first-fill bourbon casks and ex-solera sherry casks. 

This expression was bottled at unusual strength – 55.85% which also happens to be the geographical latitude of port askaig itself.

Port Askaig 10 Year Old (55.85%, £68.95/€65.95)

Nose: lively and kicking but also very fresh. There can be no doubt this is a Caol Ila with all those classic Caol Ila notes: lemon, honey, seafood and seaweed, sweet peat but there’s also saltiness and bitter almonds to balance the sweetness.

Palate: Yummy. Sweet with malt, sweet peat and honey. But just like the nose there are other flavours here to balance the sweetness – brine and salt, lemon, clams, almonds croissant, oily and after a few minutes also some crude oil (but it doesn’t ruin the dram).

Finish: Medium length, sea breeze and salt, peat, coals and lingering subtle honeyed lemon.

Thoughts: This is one good and tasty Caol ila. All the good traits of a classic Caol Ila but intense and with extra richness and in short – a killer Port Askaig which is far better offering than the 8 Year Old and 100 proof together (even if this is a limited edition). Highly recommended (Especially with the European price).

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