Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Stated Age
25 years old
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
05 May 2009 5:46 pm

Average value

€ 489.00

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78 × member ratings

151 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 25-year-old SMS

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great old Islay nose. Sweet, marzipan, but still rich in game, ashes, peat. Very nice whisky.

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I like this a lot more than the OB 25 of which I've tried several versions against this one and in my opinion they always lose.
    • Nose
      Greasy smoke, liquorice candy, lime. sour wood, and this bold, wonderful smoked fish aroma . A rain-soaked pile of wood, some turpentine, and then a fireplace (woodsmoke, stone, plaster). Boiled or baked corn. 
    • Taste
      Wood and burnt paper, quite juicy too. Closer to the OB 12yo in its range of aromas than the distillery's own 25 but then there's this nice sour wood note that announces it's an older one. The body feels clear, velvety, not too watery. tickles the tongue a bit but doesn't cut like young stuff. Slightly mineral, oaky, with some freshness that's no longer quite the lemon sweetness of young Caol Ila, instead going almost over to a vaguely floral aroma.
    • Finish
      If I hold it on the tongue for long enough it always seems to bring up this blackcurrant taste. Soot and tar candy too.

  3. Gerhans scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a quality dram. Very much Islay although the peat/iodine is much more restrained. A lot of little fruity, zesty, island notes make this a somewhat complex, but very agreeable and very tasty dram. 
    • Nose
      Waxy, oaky and peaty. Some apples and oranges. An oily and very nice ashy tobacco hint with an overlaying honey note. After a very long time, some espresso comes through. Lovely intriguing nose.
    • Taste
      Wow! What an incredibly pleasing oaky character. Citrus, zest, brine and a lot of woody spices. Some ashy notes but quite understated. A very nice round, quite soft mouthfeel. Beautiful.
    • Finish
      A small trace of smoke carrying notes of pepper, brine and citrus zest. Medium length but very pleasing.

  4. Waykid scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A sample from a friend. Easy to understand his high esteem for this one. Like it a lot.
    • Nose
      Green apple, chicory, fresh seaside, savoury smoke, lime and citrus, a waft of honey and muscavado, toffee-oak, liquorice-salmiak. Very balanced, a bit waxy and pleasantly salty and meaty smoke, like grilled beef without barbeque-sauce. Rounds up lusciously. Very good.
    • Taste
      Really pleasant. Soft and sweet, full-grain oats, liquorice and salmiak. Beautifuly aged, honeyd buttescotch notes of oak. Maple syrup smoke and Granny Smith with lemon. Dried tones of birch log-smoke, really fresh and brisk in it's smokiness. Enjoyable.
    • Finish
      Long, toffee and liquorice-malt.

  5. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Port Askaig is the name of a small port on the east coast of Islays. Caol Ila distillery is located near the city, which is the largest distillery, Islay. Caol Ila malt whisky is known for its frugtede nature and dusty peat taste. From Port Askaig you can glimpse coastline on the nearby Isle of Jura on a clear day. It is this coastline there is the motif on the label on the aftningerne port Askaig. Port Askaig barrel strength is bottled by the classic alcohol content from the beginning of the 20th century, namely imperial 80 proof. For those who can not be that old that it can be stated that it is equal to 45.8% vol. in modern terms.

  6. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Note by Speciality Drinks Ltd;The initial nose of exotic fruits evolves to unveil a honeyed, sweet mellow palate of subtle wood smoke, oak spice and vanilla. The elegant complexity and long mellow finish is achieved through slow ageing over many years in oak casks.

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is another great one, mostly on the nose. That
    sounds a bit degrading for the palate and finish, while those are very good as
    well. But the nose is truly outstanding. Gotta get me a sample of the 30 Year
    Old. Thanks, Jan VC!
    • Nose
      Yes, this is a wonderfully fruity nose. Thanks to the
      high age, the peat has been brought under control, leaving room for the fruit
      to show itself in all its glory. In no particular order: red apples, oranges,
      grapefruit, melon and passion fruit. Add a good dollop of honey. Mildly spicy
      with a bit of liquorice. Very complex and attractive.
    • Taste
      The attack is somewhat soft, both in terms of mouth
      feel and spiciness. Nutmeg, mostly. The fruit of the nose returns on the
      palate, with citrus in the lead. Coconut peel. Becomes somewhat bitter and
      drying midpalate, but remains complex. The smoke increases, as does the
      liquorice. Wonderful salty edge.
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully sweet and smoky and lasts
      longer than a tennis match (sorry, Wimbledon
      on the telly while I am tasting this).

  8. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  9. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA: 

    Aroma: Orange blossom, oak, melon, hints of cocoa, ash and burnt wood.

    Taste: Malt aroma, slight citrus flavor, roasted barley, traces of phenol and ashes.

    Finish: Long and slightly dry. 

  10. Willie JJ scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This is my favourite age for Caol Ila and this is no slouch, but I'm sure it would have been better at cask strength.
    • Nose
      Fresh toast and pork sausage. Hot draff, a squirt of lemon and allusions to smoke.
    • Taste
      Deep clear malt with light lemon and faint ash.
    • Finish
      More ashy here, with gentle spices creeping in.


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