There are still a few more distilleries visits posts in the making, but it takes time to sift through all those pictures I took during the visits, select the proper ones and process them for the posts, so I needed a distraction and therfore I decided to throw in a few whisky reviews here and then to sweeten your time.
Besides, it’s not like there’s shortage in new whiskies releases (and notes of old ones) as we are gearing toward x-mas and the shelves are being filled with shiny new bottles. From ultra rare and expensive bottles (nowadays it means everything over 25 year old ) to young cheaper (relatively) NAS releases.
Sometimes there’s a whole line up release that covers the entire spectrum, like the new releases of Port Askaig from Speciality Drinks. There’s new Port Askaig 45 year old up in the stratosphere with 30 yo and 15 yo in the middle and a down to earth NAS cask strength offering – the Port Askaig 100 proof. And it was pure coincidence I got the 100 Proof sample yesterday, really!
Now, it’s not like there wasn’t cask strength Port Askaig releases in the past. In fact, the Port Askaig 19 yo is still available in UK and Europe, but it was a limited edition and here we were promised that the 100 proof will be on shelves on a continuous basis.
I have to admit that when I came to taste the new Port Askaig 100 proof, I automatically categorized it as one of those “Young, NAS, expensive and bad VFM” releases we see (and rant on) so too often lately. But then the truth prevailed.
Nose: Peat yeah! soft and surprisingly very gentle, lemon, gentle smoke, fruit, pears, barley sugar. After a few minutes some dough and fresh baked bread sprinkled with icing and lemon peels.