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Overall rating
87.58/100
votes
262
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

€ 144,42

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Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 19-year-old SMS

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.58 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. GWMingus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  5. matfrl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a nice Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat. White and yellow fruit and honey, peat, mild ash. Simple but rich and familiar nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival. Dark honey, spice, peat, white fruit, mild citrus. Rich palate as well.
    • Finish
      Long, with billowing sweet smoke and spice. A wonderful, warming finish.

  7. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a nice Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat. White and yellow fruit and honey, peat, mild ash. Simple but rich and familiar nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival. Dark honey, spice, peat, white fruit, mild citrus. Rich palate as well.
    • Finish
      Long, with billowing sweet smoke and spice. A wonderful, warming finish.

  8. Alexandr_Zhurov scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Very interesting whisky, amazingly delicious aroma, but the taste is completely different. The first impression is a delight, but further does not justify itself.
    • Nose
      Interesting, comprehensive, dry, rich. Something fried, smoky, candied lemon, spicy spices, sunflower oil, something old, antique lacquered furniture, a dusty cabinet, a hint of herbs, tangerines, greasy fried nut.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly light, first medicinal herbs, iodine, sweetness, in nature resembled Chinese rice vodka, hot, hot, pepper, apple acidity.
    • Finish
      Bitter, much simpler, iodine sweetness leaves, some spices.

  9. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great balanced Smokey dram. No antiseptic, no sherry. Smokey lemon custard with vanilla shavings. Simple, but well presented.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice smoke, not harsh or over bearing, balanced nicely with vanilla lemon. BBQ,
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy, sweet, bbq smoke, lemon. Custard and bacon crumbles
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lingering smoke, lemon pudding.

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

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