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.
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).