Port Askaig 100 proof 57.1% ABV (50ml)
From an "unknown Islay distillery" and bottled by Specialty Drinks Ltd. who are also responsible for the "Elements of Islay" indie bottlings. Released in 2015 ("100Á Proof" refers to the traditional system of alcohol measurement - the actual abv here is 57.1%.)
As there is no distillery called Port Askaig, this dram has been named after the ancient ferry port and fishing harbor situated on the East coast of Islay. The whisky was matured in refill ex-bourbon casks and bottled without an age statement, though the youngest component is reported to be seven years old. The rest will be considerably older.
Jim Murray's 2017 Runner up for Best No Age Statement Whisky of the year (Multiple casks). 96.5 points.
NOSE Earthy smoke rises first, shortly followed by smoked meats, citrus peels and a heaped spoonful of brown sugar.
PALATE Zesty lemon and lime, paired with ground cumin, Smiths Bacon Fries and a touch of apple juice.
FINISH Rather long and enjoyably soot-y.