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Overall rating
88.70/100
votes
66
Whiskybase ID
WB128542
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060532804748
Added on
28 Mar 2019 7:33 pm by Poppi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 327.23

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66 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 28-year-old ElD

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.70 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The Sound of Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Caol Ìle) is a narrow strait between the islands of Islay and Jura off the west coast of Scotland. Port Askaig is the ferry crossing on the Islay side that faces Jura. Port Askaig is also the vague name Elixir Distillers uses to name what is usually unofficially Caol Ila or Bunnahabhain. Makes sense. All this except this is rumoured to be Laphroaig, which is not near Port Askaig... Yes, exactly it makes no sense.

    But how does it taste?

    It’s hugely peated. Enormous bourbon cask influence, Lemon shortbread and coal. Vanilla bean and ash. Bandaids and iodine. Black licorice. I could see it being Laphroaig to be honest. Bigger body and mouthfeel than the abv and age would suggest. Very good!

    Edit: Context is everything. When I first tried this it was in an old unpeated lineup, being the only peated. Now I try it beside Lp10, and another young Laphroaig, so it is much more mellow than I remember, no surprise. I stick to my score though and prefer Lp10 by a point.

  2. galg33 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: Quite medicinal , and very lively for a 28 year old Islay, the peat is out there and it’s quite strong as well. It’s peppery, and pine-y with quite some pine needle resin and menthol along bandages and fishnets, also some dental clinic notes. Some vanilla and sweet notes develop with time, and a hint of papaya, but not quite tropical.

    Palate: Ginger powder, mocha and black tea, some cured meat, ashy and dry, with bitter wood, coconut shreds, Brasil nuts, pepper and some grassy notes as well. The Papaya is gone, and there are no exotic fruit notes i was hoping for, a hint of tar maybe – pure Islay.

    Finish: Ash, smoke, mint and salt with a hint of pepper.

    Conclusion: This is a very good example of well-aged Islay malt. However, I was expecting a bit more from such a well aged malt (exotic fruit, more wood). Maybe my expectations were too high. I certainly liked other PA’s better in the past.

  3. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Mild but plentiful smoke, yellow fruits, gentle, lovely balance between destillate character and refill bourbon casks. (90-91p)
    TASTE: Sweet, nicely balanced, malty, yellow fruits, (90-91p)
    EXIT: Slightly sweet, fruity, very mild black pepper, long. (89-90p)
    SCORE: 90 points.

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good dram for sure, lovely classic nose! Definitely not an overpowering peated whisky but very balanced and rather oldskool smooth profile. My guess would definitely be Caol Ila. Unfortunately, the finish is rather short and not as exciting/fresh as the nose and palate. Besides that, it’s also ridiculously overpriced. Who spends this much money on a 88 pointer these days? I simply can’t believe that there are maltheads out there who pay 300+ euro’s for a bottle like this? That must be one big joke? I would pay maximum 120€ for it.

    Many thanks to Ruben @whiskynotes.be for the generous sample!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Distillery unknown, but believed to be a Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Peaty, phenolic, might be a Laphroaig or Ardbeg? Some sulfur, rotten eggs, sweet peated barley, ripe apple.
    • Taste
      Sweet and mellow, then becoming very floral and peaty, old style, leathery, fruity. A two-act show.
    • Finish
      Medium-long

  6. Schleifreak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoke, heather, fruits like pears, liquorice, medicinal
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft, sweet smoke, honey, plums, tar, coffee, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, coffee tar, liquorice

  7. smoked_herring scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    So given the name this is certainly a 28 year old Caol Ila, however I've been told a rumour that this is distillate from southern Islay that starts with an L...but how should I know! Its old, its peated. It should be good right? Lets find out...

    Color: Gold

    Nose: Lush iodine heavy peat, lots of mustard rubbed smoked pork, black pepper, lemon peel, dried cranberry, brown sugar, mesquite wood chips, vanilla cream, roast dark chocolate and cayenne pepper

    Taste: Sweet barley sugars at first and then some building red chillis and brown sugar, then some cocoa powder, evaporated milk, caramel sauce, hazelnuts, roasted almonds, roast pork tenderloin and toasted wood chips

    Finish: Medium with sweet milk, apple jelly, orange oils, worn leather and spicy nut mix

    Amazingly complex nose but sadly underwhelming palate and finish. It's still very good and has good complexity but I felt longing for more, especially on a mouthfeel level. Look further on Islayfans!

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. bvrsky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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