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Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 2004 ElD
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.74 points
- Port Askaig 2004 Single Cask for Nectar Belgium, 13 Year Old (54.3%). At a guided tasting at Milroy's Soho, Feb 2019. Aroma is bold honeycomb, like expensive bourbon, toffee and a touch of paint, very similar to expensive bourbons but with a slight peat dimension. Taste is creamy and toffee-ish with some salt notes smashing through, so creamy with lots of vanillin stuff going on. Stupid amounts of bourbon character. Very fun. At the end the brand rep told us that this is a Bunnahabhain, which makes sense since this is a lot less peaty and aggressive than the Caol Ila that tends to be bottled under this brand. (3.4/81)
- Bull’s eye, this young Caol Ila!
While the nose starts rather subtle, it is unmistakably Caol Ila with its maritime traits, truckload of citrus and some crystal sugar. Smoke trout, sea weeds, oyster sap and even some linoleum. But all of this is very controlled and not in your face at all. What a beautiful nose!
It is less creamy than anticipated, but the taste is a lovely continuation of the nose. Sweet versus salt in high gear. Fast and furious on Islay! In the end, it is the saltiness that finishes first. The white fruit (think soft, crushed apples) and citrus (mostly lemon, a touch of lime and a single green grapefruit) follow. Very balanced with only a mild touch of oak in support. From the second sip onwards, the citrus becomes quite big and it starts to change into a lemonade on steroids. The smoke follows suit.
The medium long finish is simply delicious, mildly drying and wonderfully sweet and sour.