Overall rating
86.25/100
votes
92
Whiskybase ID
WB158096
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Spring Edition 2020
Vintage
2006/2007
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
18 Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads (2006 & 2007)
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060532808272
Added on
12 may 2020 9:05 pm by DerSchreckliche
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 60.99

19 × in wishlist

92 × member ratings

195 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Askaig 12-year-old ElD

26 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.25 points.

  1. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Askaig Harbor is one of my favorite distilleries. Comparing with the autumn version, this one can actually be called spring. Lots of sweets, strong fruit and, above all, smoky aromas. The longer it is in the glass, the better it tastes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      campfire smoke, honeydew melon, orange peel, vanilla, green grass, young oak, peat, a bit of sea breeze
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, honey, smoked plums, toffee, vanilla, mineral, slightly biting tongue, smoky
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, sweet, smoky-fruity, charcoal, very honey-colored end with delicate bitterness and tea.

  2. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is a very interesting expression from which Islay’s iconic smoke and sea shines through- with a twist for the Port Askaig brand to make its distinctive mark. This will appeal if you are big on peat but wish to ease into something still in the Islay region that has a twist of a little more brightness, brine and sweetness. It will also appeal if you usually drink Highland Scotch but wish to venture up to Islay because the smoke is present but not overpowering.

    Have this with some crème brulee with a charred caramel shell, or better yet, have this with basque burnt lemon cheesecake (which is suddenly all the rage amongst Singaporeans over the lockdown).
    • Nose
      In the glass, the liquid is a rather pale straw, similar to other 10+ year old Islay whiskies like the Ardbeg 10. Some distilleries are fond of adding caramel colouring also known as E150a to dress their spirit up and make them look more delicious and mature. Personally, I prefer mine naked. This one is au naturel with no unnecessary caramel colouring added to dress it up.

      On the nose, I receive smokiness that is obviously expected of an Islay- but this is more gentle than the usual Ardbeg 10. Mild, friendly, and leaves olfactory room to accommodate other scents. Accompanying the smoke is some briny coastal breeze, and a good deal of and sweetness and brightness, with vanilla, maple syrup and twist of lemon zest. There is also an ever-present but muted medicinal aroma in the background that reminds me of peppermint leaves and Chinese five-spice powder. As I pull away my nose, the melody of smoke, vanilla and citrus fades to some chalkiness of dry cement, that I could only describe as the smell you get when you walk past a construction site. Or more accurately when you enter a new apartment under renovation. An exciting smell of new possibilities and potential as I proceed to the palate.
    • Taste
      On the palate is a good deal of initial sweetness and tartness of a lemon sherbet profile, lime and caramelised green apple- much like a refrigerated McDonald’s apple pie. This is followed by a rather strong smokey barbecue flavour with herbs. The smoke is much more dominant on the palate than I expected from nosing- it cuts right through the sweetness in a second act to make its presence known, but it somewhat recedes two seconds in into a briny minerality of Evian mineral water, and a slight saltiness of Japanese kombu seaweed. The whisky is medium weight with a slightly oily texture that allows the sweetness and smoke to coat your tongue and linger for a moment – quite smooth and you hardly feel any biting or harshness of the alcohol.

      On my second, longer sip, I notice the brightness develop a little more- there is some golden syrup and biscuity notes at the tip of my tongue amid the dominant but well-balanced smokiness in the background. There are some earthly notes of fresh coffee grounds and burnt Smores. This flavour profile of citrus, brine, smoke and oiliness calls to my mind the classic Caol Ila distillery style, but as mentioned, there is more brininess and more sweetness to it without becoming cloying.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and smooth with seaweed, burnt lemon grass and citrus peels. There is some warmth, spice and pepper down the back of my throat, which ends on a minty eucalyptus note.

  5. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Ofcourse starting with peat and smoke. But this fastly develops in more sweet, fruity and maritime notes. Vanilla complemented by apples and lemon. Some sea-air, wet sand and salt at the end.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peat and smoke. Sweeter on the palate with notes like vanilla and honey. Followed by fruity notes like lemon and mango. A campfire with a little hint of white pepper. Also a little hint of oak.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long. Smoke, vanilla and oak lingers on for some time.

  6. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2021-06-11
    • Nose
      87 87
      light fruity, smoky, sweet, a little peach
    • Taste
      88 88
      a bit softer or milder than the 8, ashy smoke, zero heat, malty dark chocolate, campfire
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. serejja scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced whisky. I'd maybe like it to be a bit more oily, but otherwise I can't say it lacks anything

  8. stefanrietdijk scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Almost clear as water, but tasty, has the typical Port Askaig flavour

  9. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Pale but tasty thing. The bourbon barrel worked well. Nice fresh citrus notes on the nose that permeate the typical cold ash of the Caol Ila distillate. Sweetness and acidity are balanced here. The malt then shows its strength in the mouth. Everything becomes much clearer. The mineral ash lays in front of it, then the sweetness takes over. Lemon biscuits with a hint of mint. The second sip has more flavor. In the finish it should be a little more. It's a little too thin for a smoky malt. Conclusion: Not particularly complex, but tasty.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  11. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  12. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A gently peated dram - a pleasant session dram which even non-Islay fans should be able to enjoy.

  13. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Yarema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice, dusty, young Caol ila
    Good balance
    Nose - 21
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 84
    P.S. - Sober attempt # 2 speaks more in favor of 86. The taste especially improves when breathing for 20-25 minutes. Young notes leave the nose, a clean barrel-shaped aroma and good alcohols come out.
    Nose - 21
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 86

  15. Varrek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Minerals, lemon peel, salt, ash, smoke
    Nice one!

  16. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  21. g00se scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Typical Caol Ila from the bourbon barrel.
    Sweet, warm vanilla on tap and citrus with smoke due to the distillery character.
    Quite balanced (except for the finish) but not as big as SV Vasen.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, but now no whisky that blows me away. Especially for this price and with the alcohol strength.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet barbecue smoke, smoldering campfire, ashes, with time lemon, phenolic smoke, mineral
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, the lemon is back, peat, campfire smoke, slightly phenolic
    • Finish
      83 83
      not very long, peat smoke and sweetness, ashes

  24. A861 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Do you like it a little harder? Then you become friends! Can also be very nice once you have got to know and appreciate each other.
    Great whisky with good PLV. Has much to offer...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is fresh, citrusy and surrounded by light, cold smoke. A deep nosing brings a slightly sour note.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Boah! Yes! Starts sweetly and with a clear lemon and then he wants to know. It stands in the mouth like a wall of smoking peat. And he's cute again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste in the mouth is very creamy. Contrary to expectations, he does not burn his throat. The ubiquitous sweetness remains in the glass, enveloped by this cold smoke.

  25. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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