Port Askaig 12 YO – 2020 Spring Edition

ABV: 45,8 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a layer of warm campfire peatiness sitting on top of a sweet layer of vanilla, honey and an unscented lotion note. In the background it produces some fresh fruitiness with green apples and a hint of lemon. It feels very balanced overall and the contrasts give it a nice complexity. This is a very nice and pleasant nose but it feels like there are some coastal notes missing.

Mouth: It starts out sweet with honey, vanilla and a hay note. The peatiness spreads out towards the edges and leaves the sweetness in the middle. There’s some sweet liquorice and a hint of seasalt coming through. It’s not as fruity as on the nose and now there’s just a feint lemon note residing in the back. The spicyness builds up over time and adds another side to the whole.

Finish: It starts out with a wave of coastal notes, mainly seasalt and some seaweed. They sit side to side with the friendly vanilla and honey sweetness. The warm campfire is still coming through out towards the edges. After a few seconds the spicyness starts to subside which leaves room for the oakiness. The oak is nice enough, but it’s a bit characterless. The finish is not especially long and the saltiness stays on the toungue after everything else disappears. This is a great whisky with a lot to offer for those who adventure beyond the peat.

Additional information
The 2020 spring edition is made from 18 ex-bourbon hogsheads filled in 2006 and 2007. The distillery isn’t disclosed. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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