Port Askaig 12 Years Old Spring Edition (45.8%, Elixir Distillers, 5000 Bottles, 2020)
- ABV: 45.8%
- Age: 12 Years Old
- Bottling: Elixir Distillers, Port Askaig
- Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £65.95 available from The Whisky Exchange
- Origin: undisclosed Islay
- Vintage: 2006/2007
What they say
The 2020 Spring Edition of Port Askaig 12 Year Old has been made with 18 ex-bourbon hogsheads from both 2006 and 2007, creating a perfect balance between sweetness and smoke.
Official tasting notes:
- The palate offers notes of lemon sherbet, peach, sooty smoke and toffee, with hints of barbecued lemons and fresh mint lingering in the finish.
What I say
Sampled during the WOLS Elixir Distillers tasting hosted by their Brand Ambassador Julie Hamilton. Dram #5 again another peaty/Islay derived expression, I had a suspicion we were moving into single malt territory after the two blended malt expressions.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Champagne gold (3/20), large tears and thick legs.
- Nose: Peat smoke leads again, more honey and barley malt, plenty of lemon oil, some fresh apples.
- Taste: Briny, iodine peaty, smoked bacon and charcoal briquettes, lemon oil, honey, toffee, citric lemon/lime zest, sea breeze with some Gorse flower/coconut.
- Finish: Long, peaty, touch of eucalyptus and mint leaf.
Another distinctly Caol Ila-esque undisclosed single malt, more backbone here with toffee and malt present and some lovely salinity and citrus zest, some bourbon cask influence even shows through, what could go wrong?
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