This is a single malt Scotch from a mystery Islay distillery, produced by Speciality Drinks for The Whisky Exchange. In my opinion, Port Askaig is like Coen brothers production, that isn’t critically acclaimed. Islay being like the Coen brothers, producing only good products. And with so much quality, people give more critique or less recognition.
Burn After Reading is one of those Coen brothers movie productions, that has been left in the shadows. For me, Port Askaig 12 year old is the same. Both are better than good – giving some humor, suspense and surprises. Port Askaig 12YO did also burn after reading the label and taking a sip.
For a moment, I went sailing a salty sea and realized my wooden boat was burning. Torched with phenolic peat, ashes sprinkling all over the place. Finish is a bit quick, yet intense. Flawless Islay, good whisky.
Nose: Ash and burnt wood. Phenols are in the mix. Honey and some earthly feel.
Taste: Salt and ashes with smoke and dry, yet sweet peat. The feel of stones are present, like having a dram from a rock cup.
Finish: Ash and smoke in turf with wee lemon drops.
Balance: Medium body and a nice smoky character.
Nose: 24 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 20 | Balance: 21
Overall score: 87