Another new Port Askaig, 19 years old and cask strength just like the new 30 year old cask strength.
Port Askaig 19 years ‘Cask strength’
(50,4%, Speciality 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.