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Overall rating
85.35/100
votes
331
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottled
2015
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1678624
Barcode
5060188981602
Added on
21 Sep 2015 5:06 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 56,17

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Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 100° Proof SMS

75 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.35 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quite a lot of Islay steam at 57.1%. Here is the price-performance ratio! With air and water, the drop is really beautiful. The nose is fun and tastes true: who would like to drink a surprisingly strong (!) Sweet, peated and at the same time dry malt, is absolutely right here. Good 88 points.
    • Nose
      The style reminds me immediately of a mixture of Caol Ila, Kilchoman and Ledaig, a good portion of peat, some ashes and smoked ham. In addition, sweet barley malt, cereals, honey and citrus fruits: lemons and orange peel. In any case, a clear, slightly saline maritime impact always resonates with (sea spray, brackish water). The port of Askaig evokes associations of hay with me, as otherwise only bottlings of Kilchoman. Despite the high alcohol content, nothing burns in the nose. Very pleasant. There is hardly a trace of the barrel. Maybe the content is a bit too young for that.
    • Taste
      Smoke and a lot of sweet barley malt. Also in the mouth and taste burns here despite the cask strength nothing. Instead, a slightly creamy mouthfeel with lots of sugar - almost syrupy. I did not expect such a sweetness at all. I am really surprised. I have not had such an intense-sweet Islay Malt in my glass for some time. The sweetness is accompanied by a beautiful smoke, ash, Black Forest ham and wet hay. The only thing that annoys me a little is this subliminal resinous honey note. That is not 100% pure in combination with the smoke or just a bit too pronounced for me. A "honest" Islay bottling with a very small barrel influence. Tasty, but not really complex and fruit flavors hardly exist apart from the citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long: sweet peat smoke and ash. Over time, it gets really dry - the more subtle in the taste of oak comes in the end but then still fully to fruition.

  2. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite a monolithic beast. When first opened, I was pretty sure this was just another solid but more or less average young heavy peater, elevated by it's natural presentation. And yes, It's simple, it didn't surprise me, but it doesn't get boring as well, and it also doesn't have any flaws worthy of mention, and man, if you add quite some water, and have some patience with your dram, this really delivers!
    If this were older and had some clever wood treatment edge to it, this is 90 points territory no doubt.

    Thanks to Peatbogger and Karloff for their reviews, otherwise I would've probably missed out on this one.
    • Nose
      earthy peatsmoke, creamy lemon, hay, vanilla ice cream with lemon zests, barley sugar, a faint stale wood note, some licorice, after a moment something like grilled corn with mashed potatoes, later a little celery and paprika.

      with the addition of 3 tbs of water (4cl) and ~15 min:
      turns pretty cloudy, sweetened lemon juice, tar, diesel exhaust fumes and carbolic soap galore.
    • Taste
      peated barley sugar arrival, turns immediately zesty and sweet, lemony, salty, mineral, hugely carbolic, licorice, tar, fumes, lemon icing sugar, '90s lemon Gatorade, some ginger, big and buff body with a good balance, especially considering it's (presumable) age.
    • Finish
      earthy peatsmoke, tar, lemon juice, some licorice, some hay, some barley sugar, medium to long.

  3. coldsun scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Flavor has notes of fruits, flowers, peat and little smoke. Taste has elements of spices and peat. Finish is peaty with spices (pepper?) and a little bit sharp at the end.

    IMHO the drink is much better then 8 y.o. "Port Askaig".

  4. davidloosli scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Good basic cask strength smoker from Islay
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, lemon, strong alcoholic note, brackish water, earthy, fresh mint, malt sugar
    • Taste
      Oily, a lot of lemon, firy, ginger, pepper
    • Finish
      Smoky, black tea, sweeter, then bitter peat, bitter wood

  5. Steven79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  7. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    An Islay power house, on ABV as well as taste.
    Loved this sample from karloff.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ah, heavily peated Caol Ila.
      Intense maritime Islay peat.
      Mineral and lightly citric.
    • Taste
      93 93
      First (large) sip is a breathtaking attack on the senses.
      A mouthfull of smouldering embers and hot ashes.
      Then someone tries to put it out with a bucket of seawater, it's not working, so your mouth is stuffed with kelp.
      Salty licorice, engine oil and rubber.
      However strange it sounds; lovely!
    • Finish
      90 90
      It's long. Some fruity notes dance on the tounge while the spicy fire keeps burning at the back of the throat.

  8. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    I took a chance on this and I am glad I did because I loved it and so will any peathead .
    • Nose
      89 89
      If you could smell underwater, this is what the coast of Islay would smell like, lots of sea delights. It's very earthy but earth after a storm. Just a slightly soiled horses stable this time with warm old engine oil. There are also some light fruit notes. The nose itself is quite tame compared to the taste.
    • Taste
      91 91
      For such a high strength, this is right on the money and no water necessary. Again it's very earthy and thick with no dryness at all considering it's like a bonfire in the mouth and it's crackling away nicely. Lots of brine that mix with the barley and fruit notes. I gave the daughter a taste and she said it tastes like TCP. It doesn't because if it did I wouldn't be drinking it. But I know what she means.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is medium to long with a swirling of fruit notes and liquorice. Just a wee metallic note on the death.

  9. Aleg scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Honest, straightforward Islay punch. Nice balanced. Sweetness and smoke.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Intense, ham, smoke, leather, sweetness. Long-lasting.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Despite the high alcohol content drinkable without water. Of course better if he stands for something. Strong start. Immediately ham and smoke, right after sweetie. He keeps what the nose promises.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, dry, fruit flavors, smoke always in the background.

  10. Thor165 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Must first breathe for about 15 minutes, until its aroma has fully unfolded.

    Nose: pistachios - chocolates

    Taste: dark chocolate

    Finish: very long, over 20 minutes. Slightly leathery, then slowly rising, strong smoke and peat.

    Class single malt, with a price that is traded well below its value.

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