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07 Mar 2013

Port Askaig 19 years cask strength

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Caol Ila

Another new Port Askaig, 19 years old and cask strength just like the new 30 year old cask strength.

 

Port Askaig 19 years Cask StrengthPort Askaig 19 years ‘Cask strength’
(50,4%, Specialty Drinks 2012)

Nose: drier than the 30 years old, with significantly less fruits and more (classic) brine and minerals. Sandy beaches. Lemon and mint. Green apples. A few sooty notes too. Fresh, bright and pretty classic. Mouth: quite briny with lots of lemon and grapefruit. The presence of peat is rather strong, supported by liquorice and pepper. Soft medicinal notes too. A little almond oil and nice hints of gingerbread. Finish: medium long, clean and smoky.

Compared to Port Askaig 30 years CS, this is more classic, more peaty and drier. A very solid Caol Ila, much cheaper but lacking a big part of the magic of the 30yo. Around € 95, available from The Whisky Exchange of course.

Score: 87/100

Port Askaig 19 years cask strength 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-07

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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