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Overall rating
84.57/100
votes
81
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Stated Age
15 years old
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060188982135
Added on
12 Apr 2017 3:26 pm by DramTimeNL
Uncolored

Average value

€ 106.80

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81 × member ratings

126 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Askaig 15-year-old SMS

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 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.

  2. jazzpianofingers 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.

  3. 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.

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  7. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. 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

  9. wisekycourse 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!

  10. 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 ...

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