Overall rating
84.57/100
votes
129
Whiskybase ID
WB94817
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
First-Fill Oloroso Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L16/8709
Barcode
5060188982135
Added on
12 apr 2017 3:59 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 142.68

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129 × member ratings

215 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Askaig 15-year-old SMS

24 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.57 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 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)...

    ...and this is a Bunna, for sure. It is for the lovers of the dirty genre only because there are of lot of strange off-notes both in the nose and taste. Not my quaiche of whisky, to be honest.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a somewhat dirty modern sherry profile (like so many Bunnahabhain releases these days). Sorry, I am not a dirty guy and I prefer clean drams, usually. Not my preferred style, to be honest.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is full of strange off-notes like cheese, a little sulphur, sour winey flavours and more. It is not really flawed but it is neither delicate nor balanced. Water takes away some of these off-notes but it flattens the dram, too. Nevertheless I like this whisky best when reduced to about 35% abv.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives warming but almost not coating on the palate with a bitter-astringent moment of the tannins. The finish is of medium length and turns rather bitter-sour with a drying end.

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  3. leeho scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Gous scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A decent one, hard to think it is a Caol ila, not very peaty, may be a bunna.
    • Nose
      Certainly has a lot of sherry characters, dried fruits, modern style, sour barley, sweet, little smoke.
    • Taste
      Bonfire, dried fruits, the palate is sweet and a bit thin. Sweet orange, camphor, a touch of old leather and high esters.
    • Finish
      Short-medium, pepper, some oak and smoke

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    hmmm not my malt the dirty scares me off
    • Nose
      Smoke, dirty, chocolate is more
    • Taste
      strong on the palate
      dirty, fruity
    • Finish
      medium long
      warm, nutty

  7. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  8. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like it well, despite the slightly dirty sounds that are not usually mine, it fits in here anyway). Very good alcohol.
    • Nose
      Starts with a light rubber note, slightly dull and slightly dirty. Fudge, sulfurized dried apricots, salty-maritime notes, lemon. Some dry smoke in the background. Tight.
    • Taste
      Starts silky, round, polished, balanced. Then he becomes more powerful. Clearly dry smoke, dunnage warehouse, peaty. Sweet. Nutty, sultanas, dried fruits, ginger. Good concentration.
    • Finish
      Again, the dry smoke and the peatiness, in between flashing fruity tones. Then sherry and dark chocolate. Dry, medium long, no bitterness.

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Water: No! it becomes quite thin with a little water, the sulfur note and the nose are more present, but the citrus notes are more effective.

    Conclusion: Overall, a nice sherry Islay, which is good drinkable, and very pleasing. Perhaps a little too little and then unfortunately also the modern Sherryschwefelkrankheit, at least in the nose, and there only discreetly - 85 points
    • Nose
      85 85
      large portion of peat smoke / charcoal fire, but not too strong, with an intense hint of chocolate and some dried fruit, toffee notes and hazelnut, after some time, maritime notes of pebble beach, algae and sea breeze mix with it, in the background is also something raspberry and lemon noticeable , even very subtle notes of sulfur come through again and again. The alcohol is well integrated, it is almost a little too soft in the nose
    • Taste
      86 86
      soft start with sherry sweetness, after a while, the peat takes command, the lemon and the salt from the nose are present here, chocolate, dried fruit and subtle oak spice
    • Finish
      85 85
      long, pleasantly smoky, salt, chocolate, spicy oak tannins, no bitterness, plus some vanilla notes

  10. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, fairly strong peat, citrus on yellow lemon and spices!
    On the palate, it is a syrupy citrus concentrate, waxy, limit also maderized, peat fat gives the impression of being chewed, it is strong in terms of flavors, almost tasteless alcohol level!
    In the final, it's rather short, it lacks relief!

  11. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/whiskysquad-2018-day-2-part-1-2/

    Apparently we’ve Bunnahabhain here, not Caol Ila. Turns out I had this at last year’s show. There were quite a number of stands with last year’s stock. This highlights the importance of making a list/plan though it was refreshing to attend a show without one.

    C: This is a funny malt, one that doesn’t speak of Bunnahabhain in general. Finishes with an ashy funk.Scores 83 points, the same as last year as it turns out.

  12. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is amazingly sweet and spicy. The taste is dominated only Muff and Moder with different wood tones. In the aftermath then comes a sulfur note to light which spoils me almost the desire for this sample. Fortunately, the sulfur disappears after a few moments and leaves a pleasant aroma of rotten wood and muff.
    • Nose
      Subtle peat mixes with the first Nosing with a touch roasted aromas and fruity sweetness. The fruity sweetness slowly crystallizes into a velvety aroma of peach and apricot, the peach becomes more and more intense and fruity. A salty note rises, spicy wood and an intensifying mint note give the nose a spicy note. Milk chocolate flows over the intense fruit pieces, a little dark orange is added. Wonderfully fruity, the nose gives off its sweetish scent ...
    • Taste
      The first sip flows relatively thinly over the tongue. Spicy wood and creamy fruit flavors caress the palate. Suddenly a burning sharpness develops on the tongue and then in the complete palate, a pinch of pepper and salt make the wood sharpness really burn and flare up. Wet and moldy wood comes to the fore, Muff and Moder now take command. For a long time, the musty aroma is creamy and velvety on the palate, with tart and dry notes of wood.
    • Finish
      Herb and again a bit thin, the aftertaste of musty and decayed wood tones begins. Appearances of old walnut ... and now, in the midst of the reverberation, an intense note of sulfur rises from the harsh wood tones. Fierce and sometimes bitter, the sulfur gives off its musty aroma, from time to time fruity elements and creamy wood emerge. Slowly the harsh and musty flavors come off and leave a creamy layer of wood on the tongue. What's left is dark and tart walnut flavor ...

  13. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose there is an incredible amount of sweet sherry. Dark fruits, some sweet honey, really nice. On the palate the dry saltiness kicks in togheter with a lot of peat. The finish is all right. Not overly long, just fine. That was really unexpected, a well done combination of sherry and peat. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. Goethe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Lovely Port Askaig, very rich by trying to stay simple at the same time.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Slightly smoky, sherry milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins, dried red and dark fruits (hints of tropical fruits), hazelnuts, caramel.
    • Taste
      Sherry, some nuty smoke, salt, dried red and dark fruits, chocolate, some mocha, hints of hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sweet nutty smoky oak.

  15. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very successful experiment, I love to find new combinations of notes after 500 whiskys and this has definitely made it again. The price can be debated for a long time with no distillery mention, age, etc., but it would be worth it anyway.
    • Nose
      Very interesting nose and very own, a mixture of sweet peat, fine salt, then fine notes of red apple, one notices very subtle sherry influence, but then also not exactly definable fruits, almost like rotten mango or unripe banana, fresh vanilla, a a few dried herbs, dry, alluvial wood, light apricot, also somewhat nutty, but not hazelnut or walnut
    • Taste
      Beautiful liquorice, alluvial flotsam, but then suddenly the fruits of the nose, in the first second you think of sherry, but then comes the tropics, mango, banana chips dry, then red apple and a few red berries, a fine brine, whole subtle algae behind, even the nutty comes to the end back, vllt. Chestnut? Very beautiful, very own combination as in the nose. Not very strong in the mouth, but complex.
    • Finish
      Red apple with shell here clearly, grapefruit, some banana and vanilla, salt water, flotsam, dry malt and oak too, medium to long

  16. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A solid dram, just a pity that the finish is rather short. 
    • Nose
      Both fruity, nutty, and mildly peaty. The fruit seems to be from the fresh, tropical kind (bananas). Then there is some vanilla and caramel, leading towards a nutty note of chestnut. Then there is soft, almost dirty peat (moss, barn), dried fruit, wood, and spice.
    • Taste
      Rather oily and smooth, with mainly the dirty peat note and nutty character. There is wood too, there is dried fruit too. A bit of bacon too, and finally cinnamon and pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit short, following the palate. Too bad, as this was a very promising dram.

  17. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    not a bad whisky but somehow I would have expected something more. From the sherry, I can feel almost nothing
    • Nose
      quite salty behind it a bit of smoke in the first nose, of the sherry barrel still nothing to feel. has something of leathery or talisker. gooseberries and vanilla are added over time. in the nose a lot of caramel and butterscotch
    • Taste
      Nutty slightly bitter spice. from the alk. There is hardly anything to feel, soft creamy malty and quite light.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and spicy, but here, too, of sherry feel nothing

  19. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

    nose: sweet sherry, not that much peaty, chocolate and mocha, bit bitter meaty. Also some maggi notes.

    taste is similar to the nose, but less strong

    finish: it's okay, not that spectacular.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A beautifully composed islander. Lovely balance of sherry derived fruitiness, with a delicate sweetness and peaty smokiness. A fruity, peppery and lively expression as a digestif.I thank Kirsch Whisky - The House of Whiskies for the sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/unknown-distillery/
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, pleasantly mixed with floral notes and vanilla. Sherry arrives with dark fruits - cherries, dates and raisins. Pleasantly sweet with toffee and subtle malted barley, with a hint of antiseptic notes in the back.
    • Taste
      Bold and intense on the palate with a lovely balance of smoke and sweet sherry flavours. Dark fruits with raisins and cherries, immediately followed by a warming spiciness of pepper, nutmeg and allspice.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium-long and warm with subtle peat smoke, creamy honey and vanilla. Dry oak and lingering nutty flavours on the tail.

      With water: There's almost no change on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Maybe the flowery notes become more intense while the sweetness is tamed a bit. Significantly more smoke on the palate with slightly enhanced oak spices while the lingering sweetness remains. The finish shows medium length with a pleasant mix of sweet honey, warm oak spice and smoke.

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The label notes: ’Sherry cask’ ?

    N: I've made a right shambles out of this Elements flight, working backwards from the Oc3 to the Lg6, then the PA 19yo before this PA 15yo. The only note of worth i put down for this 15yo was sour milk
    T: Sour milk again with plasticine.
    F: Medium short and dry.
    C: My money is firmly on the 19yo, but let's be fair - i didnt give this one a chance now did i. [did i have this before].Scores a C[+]

  22. squaadgras scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. Paulski88 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Honestly this is not worth 20 Euro!

    I do not understand what is going on with my bottle!!! I heard alot of good things about this bottling, but i am so so disapointed!

    This Whisky has nearly no smell at all. A little alcohol is coming up and a little sweetnes what reminds me on pears. Very very light sweet hints on smoke. But there is nearly NO smell in the glas.
    Tastewise sweet in the first beginning, than some sweet spice like a ginger spice is coming through and in the aftertaste a little hint of peat mixed up with some very mild oakines.

    I payed 95€ for this bottle in April 2017 but it is the lightest Whisky i had since years. Honestly it`s so week, i think every 15€ Blended Whisky can keep up with this Port Askaig.
    I think it is a Bunna, for sure not a Caol Ila.
    It`s a waste of money for nothing, sorry to say.
    • Nose
      49 49
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      70 70

  24. FernetBranco scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  26. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This release of Port Askaig is a blend of peated whisky from 1997 (20%) and fruitier spirit from 2001 (80%). Matured in first-fill oloroso-sherry casks.

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

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