Single malt

Port Askaig 12 Years Old Autumn Edition (45.8%, Elixir Distillers, 9000 Bottles, 2020)

Port Askaig 12 Years Old Autumn Edition

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 45.8%
  • Age: 12 Years Old
  • Bottling: Elixir Distillers, Port Askaig
  • Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £72.95 available from The Whisky Exchange
  • Origin: undisclosed Islay
  • Vintage: Undeclared
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What they say

The limited-edition Autumn Edition Port Askaig 12 Year Old single malt is a combination of nine refill American oak hogsheads, five oloroso sherry butts and three solera sherry butts, bottled in 2020.

Official tasting notes:

  • Aromas of cranberries, smoky bacon, black cherries and Christmas pudding fill the nose. The palate offers notes of red grapes, smouldering driftwood, dry seaweed, cherry tomatoes and hawthorn berries.

What I say

Sampled during the WOLS Elixir Distillers tasting hosted by their Brand Ambassador Julie Hamilton. Dram #6 even more peated Islay!

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Sauternes (8/20), medium tears and thick legs.
  • Nose: Funky, musty then peaty smoke, salinity/sea breeze, nutty, flor, sticky toffee pudding, dried figs.
  • Taste: Funky again on the palate, peaty, earthy/turfy, mushroom, dried fruits, Christmas pudding, brazil nut.
  • Finish: Long, peaty, musty, smouldering damp wood.

Overall

Totally different to the Spring edition, matured in ex-sherry butts and solera casks much more funky and nutty than fruity there was more than a little funky old cask in this on, even with all the peat influence I found myself preferring the sweetness of the bourbon/Spring edition.

Score 82/100

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