I was both impressed and intrigued, knowing it was impossible to get a full feel for this whisky, the Port Askaig 19 year made the cut to come home to Bombay for collective sampling pleasure!
Port Askaig 19 year 50.4%
Here is what our original underground group had to say:
- Nose – Jasmin, then a whole array of flowers, perfumes, hay, lightly toasted sesame seeds, quite restrained overall
- Palate – Delicious! Balance, nice warm spice, light peat, mellowed, nuanced musk
- Finish – Long beautiful finish – quite refined
- Water – Brought out honey and cumin spice
- Revisit – A huge bouquet of flowers on the nose – one said “like what you give your spouse for a special anniversary.” Followed by lots of hay, that beautifully balanced mellow delicious whisky and long enjoyable finish…
One put it perfectly “This is why we love Scottish whisky!” A fine example of what whisky can and should be! One to sip and savour, sufficiently complex to keep it interesting, quite elegant in its way.
For those who are curious, it is a well known industry secret that Caol Ila is the distillery of this TWE bottling!
Here is what they have to say about Port Askaig 19 year:
This 19 year old cask-strength edition bursts with fabulously flinty, lemony, seashells-on-the-seashore flavours. This is a truly elemental whisky, perfect for sipping from hip flasks during cold winter walks.
And here is what Billy A over at The Whisky Exchange have to say:
- Nose: Crisp, stony smoke hides a layer of muddy peat. There are hints of flowers and a thick and spicy middle, reminding me of sponge-cake batter.
- Palate: A syrupy sweet start is quickly overtaken by flinty smoke and charcoal dust, sherbert fountains, lemons and a hint of violet.
- Finish: Long and lingering, with sappy wood and sherbet lemons giving way to wood ash in a cast iron stove. After that there’s a lingering green leafiness – fruit leaves?
- Water: Dirties up the nose with heavily smoked bacon and adds more sweet and sour fruit to the body – lemons, limes and berries galore. The finish loses some of its its ashy bitterness, becoming softer and sweeter.
The trio of whiskies sampled in our undisclosed distillery evening included:
- Sansibar Islay 8 year (2007/2015) 52.2%
- Port Askaig 19 year 50.4% – This post
- Wilson & Morgan “Highland Heart” Sherry Cask (2006/2015) 43%
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