Overall rating
87.21/100
votes
246
Whiskybase ID
WB128541
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
10th Anniversary Edition
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogsheads, 1st Fill Bourbon & Sherry
Number of bottles
10000
Strength
55.85 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
P/000247
Barcode
5060532805189
Added on
28 mar 2019 7:32 pm by Poppi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 149.00

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Whisky reviews for Port Askaig 10-year-old ElD

44 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.21 points.

  1. molpet scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This was a bloody excellent example of a peaty, beautifully crafted/constructed Islay scotch. My bets would be on Caol Ila here. Bonfire smoke meets vanilla/honey sweetness, citrus with red berries flavors/notes in the background and salty biscuits. All in perfect harmony. An oily, intense whisky with no flaws. Highly recommended!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Port Askaig is an Islay brand from Elixir Distillers, who are currently planning their own distillery near Port Ellen, but have only bottled sourced whisky so far. For the 10th anniversary there is a 10 year old whisky at cask strength. Port Askaig is the ferry port on the north coast, next door is Caol Ila and a little further on is Bunnahabhain. This is said to be Caol Ila. After all, it is the distillery with the highest output on the booming whisky island.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      On the nose it could actually be Caol Ila. The distillery's whiskys are powerfully smoky, but mostly clear wood smoke with no smoky, sooty notes. There are also citrus notes. This whisky fulfills all of this in a very harmonious and powerful way. A wonderful Islay nose, dry and classic.
    • Taste
      A wonderful whisky to taste too, to celebrate 10 years of Port Askaig. If Port Askaig had its own distillery, they could celebrate for this whisky. That's how Caol Ila celebrates, although it's not noticeable given the amount of material there. Rich smoky aromas with spicy herbs, vanilla and caramel, but they don't show off too much.

      Caol Ila itself sometimes has a note that bothers me with the 12 as a disturbing color mud - here this note is absorbed and harmonized by ripe, sweet fruits. And the alcohol? Not noticeable, despite the almost 56% vol. it is super integrated and the whisky also works at cask strength. With water, the maritime aromas are emphasized, the whisky opens up a bit and emphasizes that the casks were made of good wood.
    • Finish
      The finish is not spectacular, but the whisky remains present in the mouth. No noticeable or even disturbing bitterness, but power from the wood and some ash on the palate, which is well annealed.

      If the Caol Ila 12 was anywhere near as mature and good as this Port Askaig, it would be a great whisky. So this Port Askaig is a great whisky that is well remembered but unfortunately running out...

  4. aquataste scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh, delicate, slightly smoky, wine, green apples, dried fruit, slightly grassy and earthy, a little citrus, in the background I can say a sea breeze
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet and dry, wine, a pinch of white pepper, dried fruit, green fruit and citrus, vanilla, salt, an old damp board, a handful of dried spices
    • Finish
      74 74
      Short, white pepper with a slight peat smoke

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good young (but not *too* young) Islay whisky, what else is there to say.

    Perhaps this: the nose is leagues above the palate + finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Furosin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity and smoky, a bit stormy at the beginning, alcohol very present, pear, citrus, maritime notes, smoke, tangerines
    • Taste
      85 85
      starts very intensely, alcohol is clearly noticeable, smoke, wood, pears, vanilla, wood, chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, dry, smoke, dark chocolate

  8. Julia E S scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sample impression

    Great, straightforward Islay malt, contains everything you love about Islay! nice citrus aromas with maritime and salty aromas, grilled fish, algae, mussels, sea breeze and a pleasantly ashy, slightly tarry smoke. Develops a great grip on the tongue, really strong and mouth filling and then stays a little drying out the mouth.

  9. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. Whizkas scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Very intense, complex, well balanced whisky. Smoky, yet with a nice fruitiness. A showcase of good, properly maturedwhisky in quality casks.
    • Nose
      90 90
      very smoky, bonfire, ash, also some nice sweet fruitinesss
    • Taste
      90 90
      very full, smoky. Citrus fruitiness again; quite salty, licorice-like
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long, lingering. Smoky again, sweetish first, then nutty, with nice ginger and licorice again

  11. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    12/13/2019

    Strong full flavor, nice smoke aromas, honest. This is how an Islay malt should be!
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke over fresh, sweet citrus fruits and salt, reminiscent of Caol Ila. In addition, smoldering charcoal, aromatic herbs and a trace of iodine. With a little water even more freshness, apricot and smoked meat. Very nice nose.
    • Taste
      Oily consistency, sweet and smoky with maritime, salty notes.
    • Finish
      Ashy smoke, with fresh apple, sweet citrus fruits and some oak spice.

  12. Commandant Pastor scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A very good cask brut bottled by Elixir. Simple and effective, it offers a powerful peat but which does not overpower the fruitiness provided by the sherry finish.
    The finish is intense but lacks complexity.
    • Nose
      Elegant peat with the signature of a caol ila.
    • Taste
      Good integration of peat and sherry.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, but it does not leave a famous memory.

  13. Bluesman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Islay whisky...yet

  14. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful malt without complexity but very well assembled.
    • Nose
      Maritime and mineral
    • Taste
      Light peat, white pepper, maritime and dry.
    • Finish
      Long on continuity

  15. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Bam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quite tasty, but also rather one-sided.
    • Nose
      Lots of smoke, cold campfires, old motor oil, charcoal. Then fruits come through, lemon and pear with a little powdered sugar on it. Marshmallows. A salty multi-sweet bream passes by. Carried by a note of vanilla sugar.
    • Taste
      Middle step. Silky mouthfeel. Lots of smoke and salt. Powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon. Pear juice. Some oak comes up.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Still a lot of smoke, cold ash. Bitter oak.

  17. toklian scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B20

  18. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ashy, lemons, sharp citrus, mellow honey, sea spray.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sharp arrival. Ash, lemons, honey, saline, smoke, spice.
    • Finish
      Billowing sweet smoke with citrus, spice, and mild honey. Long.

  19. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting. I guessed Caol Ila and once I found out where Port Askaig was, that tends to seal it for me, otherwise, it is another Islay distillery trying to imitate Caol Ila and why do that? A very successful combination of different casks although at the time I did not detect any significant ex-sherry maturation, so the numbers of those casks must have been proportionately low.
    • Nose
      peat, citrus, smoky bacon, lemon hand wipes
    • Taste
      very soft
    • Finish
      medium; slight heat, still some sour lemon but also a lingering sweetness

  20. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  22. McMoulis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Frankly i've got no peat in there ....

    but a nice honey sweetness.
    Very viscous and smooth with water. Increases from nose to finish, which is the best imho.

    Edith: Yes, there is peat. Reminds me of the Lagavulin 12-yo SR with a little time in a glass and a little water.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lemon, honey, herbs, alcohol, smoke but also peat A component that is constantly changing.
      Now smoldering wood and orange oil.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong, oily, mineral, citrus, ash
    • Finish
      89 89
      Herbs, citrus and honey. After swallowing, an ashy smoke rises up. The herbs, the alcohol and this orange note remain for a long time.

  24. AnnEm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Heavy peat, whereby the peat for me falls into the "bacon-voluminous-creamy" category, with lemon butter with a hint of sage, tobacco leaves, toasted malt.

    Mouth: here too it is a peat bomb, herbal and herbal.

    Finish: a nice fresh, tart citrus note paired with oak bitterness.

  25. Carlos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is a very nice and intense Port Askaig, gains with adding some water. Definitely nothing for beginners and no mainstream peated Whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Strong chimney smoke, phenolic, ginger, clove and cinnamon. It smells like a Caol Ila which was in Lagavulin casks.

      With water: opens up very nicely, fresher and some mint.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very warming, raisin, phenolic, smoky. The alcohol is well balanced but very present.

      With water: fresh fruit, hints of chili, hot ginger, bonfire and some mint.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, heavy smoke, ginger, mint.

  26. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A young savage with a kick of smoke. With the pear notes it sometimes looks younger than 10 years, but a look at the bottle label shows that this impression must be false.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pear water and smoked ham, salt, pepper, machine oil. No shy representative, he stands at the door, scratches his hooves and rings the storm. Seaweed, rain-damp beach grass, algae, brackish water - the full maritime program. After the riot of the first wave of attack subsides, pleasant notes of mandarin, espresso beans - and even more pepper can be found.
    • Taste
      85 85
      After that nose, a smoking Katyusha on the tongue would have been no surprise. Fortunately, it doesn't get quite that rough, because even though it flows heavily on the tongue, it retains something (initially) when it comes to smoke. Green apple, peppered with cloves. Pear slices. Cocoa beans, dark chocolate, machine oil, warm tar, seaweed, salt. Green branches, fresh grass clippings, herb mix.
    • Finish
      84 84
      With increasing smoke note, medium-long finish. Gently drying, herbaceous. The fruit on the palate has gone, now there is smoke, a diesel generator chugging away, harbor basin.

  28. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during a whisky festival

    Price to quality is really great, which is not always said for Islay malts these days. However it was tried too late in the evening to make an educated purchase. I’ll score it a preliminary 87. Big lemony peat notes, young and brash islay malt, but very well balanced. I liked it.

  29. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good product, simple and effective but that is nothing revolutionary.
    • Nose
      Nose mineral enough, austere, with iodine, peat, pleasant notes of cake baked with almonds (maybe sherry?)
    • Taste
      Mouth in continuity, quite simple but well done. The texture is quite fat (oily fish, oil), a little sweet. However, we feel a certain youth (gentian bitterness), balanced by notes of yellow fruits, ashes, peat and a little almond cake.
    • Finish
      Long and persistent finish, well peated and iodized, with some yellow fruits;

  30. HW74 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    From whom the distillate comes, I can not say. Anyway, he is excellent.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. Dyno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    tasted from a 6cl sample, happy i tried the sample. In line with previous port askaig experiences,... not bad, but nothing special either...

  32. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    20 20 20 20 80

  34. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant dram, the high abv is not aggressive. I've found it ever "sweet".
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat, quite light, hist vanilla and a bit of salt. Dried fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, the peat is present but not "heavy" like other Isalyers.... Candy and red fruits
    • Finish
      86 86
      Wood an liquirice, medium to long, warms the mouth...

  35. Gareth74 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    10 glorious years in one little bottle.

    My first Port Askaig - what a way to begin, I pity the bottle from them to follow this. It’s a £60 miracle and worth every penny. I’ve never really understood Port Askaig as a brand, it’s other people’s whisky in a bottle done up to look like a distillery brand, what’s the point of that, it’s always felt like a strange proposition. But here I am saying how bloody good this stuff is. It’s a funny old world.

    So, this is the 10 year old anniversary bottling and as far as I can fathom it’s Caol Ila in 15% ex-solera Sherry butts, 25% first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and 60% refill American oak hogsheads and rumour persists that we have have had Laphroig or Lagavulin in them to boot. I don’t know if this last bit is true but it’s like a marriage made in heaven.

    On the nose this is a buttery thing, sweet, burnt sugar, pastries, a little Kendal mint cake, red over ripe apples, hot sawn wood, sweet lemon oils, a whiff of butterscotch. There’s smoke too, not overpowering, gentle and clean. Toasted coconut?! Ooh, this is lovely. Sherry and bourbon and sweet things and smoke.

    In the mouth it’s safe to say I was expecting something more brutal at nearly 60%, but this is alarmingly drinkable, in fact stupendously drinkable for the abv. On a blind taste I’d have said no higher than 46/48% it’s so smooth and integrated.

    On arrival the sweetness from the sherry and bourbon just fly in together like a sugar coated fist. And that is quickly followed with wonderful sweet peat, lemon oil, toffee, bananas, there’s wood but it’s not drying, it’s just a lovely woody note, just right. It finishes with toffee, ash, peat and bourbon wood.

    It’s staggering how the finish is so warming and controlled. No alcohol burn, a beautiful wood note, peat fading out, whiffs of grapefruit and sweetness and ash and some tasty salted Zout licorice too. What a winner.

    So, my first Port Askaig, it’s a great example of what smart people can do with good whisky and great barrels. I’ll be damned if we‘re ever finding out exactly what the ingredients were but it’s no worse for not knowing. Maybe it’s even better for it.

    For some final context, this was a clear winner in a whisky tasting (about 30 of us) up against Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair, Bowmore 18 Deep & Complex, Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 release, Laphroaig 10yo #011 Bottling - strong competition.

  36. Palindrome scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I'm getting more Caol Ila out of my glass than Lagavulin. In the past, at a friend's house, I tasted what reminded me more of Bunnahabhain in another (much older) release, which I didn't review on WB because the occasion didn't allow me to really ponder the malt to any degree. The Port Askaig label is curious to be sure. It's not consistent, but that's the point. I like the idea of aging a malt that was traditionally used in blends and has come into its own these days in interesting casks from other Islay distilleries. In fact, I'm surprised this type of thing hasn't been done more often. My bottle of Ardmore 20 used a similar strategy. In that case, I think the casks were probably from Laphroaig. These add some teeth to what would have been a more sedate whisky. The Lagavulin casks in the case of the Port Askaig anniversary are a nice touch for sure. They add more than one might think, although the main impression for me is that of Caol Ila, which, frankly, has never been one of my favorite Islays.

  37. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 791: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2eTWpWFSC8 (90/100).

    "Frankly, it's Lagavulin meets Caol Ila."

  38. yuyuji scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    Fruity,a little peaty

  39. yuyuji scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    Fruity,a little peaty

  40. yuyuji scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    Fruity,a little peaty

  41. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  43. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted in the living room

    Pretty sweet on the nose with lemon. Maritime atmosphere, aromatic herbs. Very fragrant with aftershave accents.
    In the mouth, broom, fat, on leather (Lagavulin trend)
    Finely corpulent, well spiced. Beautiful volume.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

    Whisky n ° 2036

  44. mothers_finest scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite soft smoke on the nose with a hint of citrus, oranges, a bit bitter like grapefruit.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Measured by the alcohol, it is quite metallic in taste and one-dimensional. He presses neatly and warms the esophagus, but in the mouth no Geschmackstango opens. On the palate it continues the impression of the nose.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-length finish without big highlights. The malt seems very young to me. Not a must have for me. The price offers me the Corryvreckan certainly more.

  45. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Simple and great, a touch of sulfur minus some points from me.
    • Nose
      Fruity and smoky, cream and butter, some sulfur.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity again, leathery, a touch of cream and herbal, some sulfur
    • Finish
      Medium to long, peated sweet barley

  46. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Here again a very maritime and peaty profile, but without masking the fruit. Although the demonstrator whispers to me that it would be Laphroaig, I am convinced that it is Caol Ila, but without the red fruits, it looks a lot like Moch, with 12% more alcohol. It's the tide, iodine, coarse salt, stone, oysters, whelks, bottarga, mud, seaweed, all this with a little vanilla, a drizzle of ashy smoke, a few white fruits, plums, Mirabelle plums and pears. Oily and spicy palate, honey and ashes, pepper, cardamom and lemon meringue pie. Very long finish, caramel, charcoal, oil, vanilla flan, candied lemon.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/port-askaig-10th-anniversary-10-yo.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

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