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Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
224
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Stated Age
19 years old
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060188980711
Added on
18 Feb 2013 9:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 131,69

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Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 19-year-old SMS

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] Port Askaig usually is the code name for a Caol Ila but there have been some Bunnahabhain releases under this name too (e.g., a 45-years old)...

    ...but this is a Caol Ila, for sure. It is easy drinkable but the rather simple profile provides not many interesting aromas and flavours to explore. I am not willing to pay more than 50 Euro for a bottle of this quality, to be honest.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a typical Caol Ila profile with significant peaty notes and the typical "smoked bacon" aroma. It is quite nice but not of any particular interest according to my olfactory cells - the wood grows rather strong upon breathing and drives this nose somewhat out of balance.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste forms an (un)holy trinity of sweet barley sugars with bitter peaty and spicy wooden flavours. It is not too bad, actually - but again my taste buds state "okay to drink, but no interesting flavours to explore". Water releases some waxy aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother, hence more quaffable. I like this dram best best when reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (peppery) and coating with a minor drying moment (cold metals, ashes). The finish is long and turns more to the bitter side (green tea, tobacco, cold ashes) what drives the dram (again) out of balance. It dries out towards the end.

  2. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila from the independent bottler. I'm curious. Very sweet and salty / mineral. Can be drunk well without water. The smoke is only accompanying, never dominant, as I like it. This bottling has a good PLV and is a clear buy for me. Get curious about the other bottlings. Here are 90 points from me.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful, like a classic. I especially like the combination of refill, Islay, and time (which means long maturation). A good dram, maybe a tad bitter, but it's all pleasant.
    • Nose
      Beautfiful refill-nose. It's a refined dram, with limited but positive impact of the wood. There is soft, damp peat, sea salt and freshly smoked cod and antiseptic. Next to this, there is ample citrus, mainly lemon. Some banana pops up too. Following, there are breakfast cereals with coconut and vanilla yogurt, and finally some mint leaves.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully sweet on rich barley and honey, with a relatively small influence of peat or smoke. It's salty though. Gets a bit more bitter with water, with camphor and ginger. The fruit is still fresh, mainly on lemon now. 
    • Finish
      Quite long, quite intense and warming on soft peat, a little bacon, antiseptic, wood smoke, camphor, some vanilla, lemon and ginger. 

  4. matts scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Character: A surprisingly flat filling for her age. Peat smoke and malt provide for a not so bad basis, but then follows next to a disharmonious spicy-grassy component next to nothing. Finally, I remember the most and almost only to the smoked bacon in the nose.
    Rating: Without question drinkable, but for me definitely a below average Port Askaig. In a direct comparison, I would, for example, always grab the standard 100 proof: it is much cheaper and I like it much better. An extra point for the smoked bacon heaps this bottling summasummarum just to 85 points.
    • Nose
      As expected, there is a lot of peat smoke over the glass. Intense smoked bacon pulls in the nose. A maritime impact indicates that it is an Islay bottling. My tip is also Caol Ila.
    • Taste
      The drop meets surprisingly clear on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is ok, but in terms of taste there is a peculiar grassy peat smoke. Malt and cereals carry the relatively simple knitted taste. The oak provides a distinct spice without being peppery, but a real tension does not build up at any time. It even goes so far as to make it difficult for me to grab and name more flavor components. With a pinch of cinnamon and ginger, it goes quickly into the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and holds no further surprises. Moderate peat smoke and some oak wood provide a thoroughly pleasant tone, but even in the finish bothers me this oblique spicy-grassy note. Increasingly bitter and a bit inharmonious, the drop sounds.

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice combination between peated and fruity, easy to drink.
    • Nose
      Peat, but also fresh. Banana, slightly smoky, alcohol quite prominent. Grilled meats too, and peanuts.
    • Taste
      Light salmiak kickje at the beginning, slightly peppery. Also light peat, wood fire smoke, and sweet, caramel.
    • Finish
      Slightly peppery, salmiak, peat, wood fire smoke, fruity.

  7. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, sweet peat, and intense, iodine, vanilla, lemon
    In the mouth, we find the iodine, the smoke, a lemon side rather thin, other orange fruits.
    In the end, the heat of the alcohol appears, the smoked bacon too, and the fruits remain present!
    A superb dram in a sweet and intense peaty vein !!

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/midlands-whisky-festival-2017-part-33/

    N: Rather like the previous Tobermory, yet all polished up. Notes of sweet vegetal, oily cream, creamy bacon,..
    T: A sweet vegetal arrival, Part refined, part brash. Water straightens it all out, then becoming perfectly polite on malty oily smoke.
    F: Wispy milk chocolate finish with long & complex tasty trails.
    C: The form is splendid. This has been skilfully worked.Scores a B[+]

  10. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this one during a master class by Specialty Drinks end of March 2017

    quite a delicate dram, with a deep taste, nice balance between peat and lingering sweetness, like toffee, vanilla and all together quite creamy.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

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