Port Askaig 18 Years (USA exclusive)

Port Askaig 18 Years (USA exclusive)

We’ve seen several USA exclusive bottlings from Elixir Distillers in the past few months. One of them is a single cask Port Askaig 18 Year Old, distilled in 2000 and bottled from an ex-bourbon cask.  

 

Port Askaig 18 yo 2000 (50,8%, Elixir Distillers 2019, ex-bourbon barrel, 250 btl.)

Nose: a tight coastal profile, with plenty of brine, tarry notes and iodine laden peat. Some mentholated notes, bright lemons, sea breeze. Hints of wet wool and a touch of sawdust. Classic.

Mouth: sweeter now, with custard, oranges and sweet apples alongside rich ashy notes. Medium smoke. Almonds, lemon candy, wet stones. Light chilli, followed by dried herbs and earthy notes.

Finish: long, still balancing between sweet citrus and herbal smoke.

Highly reliable Caol Ila (I suppose), punchy and coastal with a nicely rounded sweet touch on the palate. Only available in the US through their importer ImpEx Beverages, for around $ 250 if I’m not mistaken.

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