Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
10th Anniversary Edition
Stated Age
10 years old
Refill Hogsheads, 1st Fill Bourbon & Sherry
Number of bottles
55.85 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Mar 2019 7:32 pm by Poppi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 100.08

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Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 10-year-old ElD

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.25 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Moderator

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. Julia E S scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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.

  7. 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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

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


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