After the Port Askaig 10 Year Old ‘10th Anniversary’ we had last week, Elixir Distillers has this Port Askaig 28 Year Old on offer, a limited edition available in Asia and Europe. The US is getting a 25 Year Old counterpart soon.
The 28 Years is a single Islay malt created from a parcel of casks with unknown provenance…
Port Askaig 28 yo
(45,8%, Elixir Distillers 2019, 3000 btl.)
Nose: all about the minty / pine-like freshness of mature Islay whisky. A little brine and menthol cigarettes. Fishermen’s net. Ginger. Very crisp and rather medicinal, but there’s also a hint of almonds and a promise of bright tropical fruits underneath.
Mouth: rather dry, with brine, roasted nuts, getting very sappy and quite grassy in the middle. Green tea. Ginger again. Fresh walnuts and liquorice. Also a faint buttery side. Little of the fruits that I was expecting, more on the dry side. It may be a little less punchy that some other as well.
Finish: medium long, leafy with some grapefruit and ashes.
I found this a slightly strange one. The aromas are mostly on the leafy, austere side (which I associate with punch) yet it feels rather soft. A good choice to make the range wider, but not my favourite of the series. Available from The Whisky Exchange.