Located into the north coast of the Islay, Port Askaig has been the gateway to Islay for hundreds of years. As for their whisky, Port Askaig produce a range of Islay single malt whiskies that embodies the unique spirit of Islay. Its character brings together the robust smokiness and soft fruitiness found in this beguiling island. The range has been developed to appeal to the most discerning of whisky connoisseurs while also appealing to the novice whisky drinker. This 14-year-old limited-edition release from Port Askaig that beautifully blends robust smoke and sweet spice. Sourced from a distillery that rarely releases peated whiskies, this single malt was matured in 11 first-fill bourbon barrels for 14 years. Rich, fruity, peaty and sweet
On the nose: there is an inviting waft of stewed fruits, toffee, aniseed, coal and sea salt. These initial notes are followed by notes of smoked haddock, cinnamon, coconut and some light tropical notes. The nose is nicely rounded-off by notes of black pepper, lemon zest and a touch of oatmeal. On the palate: there is an initial taste of honey, burnt brown sugar, vanilla and raisins. Some spicy notes start to emerge, as well as smoky peat, maple syrup, sultanas and cured meat. The palate is completed by notes of salty caramel, sandalwood and some floral after-tones The finish: long and spicy, with lingering notes of peat, aniseed and that smoked haddock.
The verdict: This Port Askaig 14yo limited expressions has a some interesting but surprising welcomed notes, with lots of texture that leads to some sweet mixed fruit notes. The smoky nature of this dram is very enticing, with quite a bit of character. Bottled at 45.8% ABV, it does required just a touch of water to unlock the full plethora of notes available on the nose and palate and a bit of patience.
Port Askaig 14 Year Islay Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online at The Whisky Exchange for approximately £68.