Port Askaig: New Single Islay Malt Range

Very exciting developments here at TWE Towers, as our sister company Speciality Drinks Ltd has launched a new range of Single Islay Malts!

Look at them, just standing there begging to be drunk :)

Look at them, just standing there begging to be drunk :)

Here’s the press release:

“The single malts of Islay are arguably Scotland’s most talked about whiskies and are recognised for their sweet, fruity flavours and smoky, peaty character. Port Askaig, Speciality Drinks’ new range of single Islay malt whiskies, achieves the perfect balance of these flavours and embodies the unique spirit of Islay and its people.

The range has been developed to appeal to the novice whisky drinker while meeting the demands of the most discerning of whisky connoisseurs. Speciality Drinks have selected what they consider to be the most perfectly balanced Islay single malt and created a range that they believe will become recognised as a true Islay classic.

Each expression within the range, from the youthful yet powerful Cask Strength, to the perfectly-balanced 17 year old and the elegant and refined 25 Year Old, is bottled in limited batches each expected to last approximately one year. While recognising that each bottling will vary, the aim is to achieve a consistency of quality and character over time. To ensure each whisky maintains its original flavour and character, the whiskies are not chill-filtered and no colouring is added.

In a world of change and innovation, there is still a place for the tried and tested approach. The traditional yet contemporary look of the packaging and expert cask selection will ensure Port Askaig can stand side by side with Islay’s more established brands. Remaining true to the practice of the early 1900’s, we bottle Port Askaig 17 & 25 year old at Imperial 80 proof (today’s 45.8%vol) and Cask Strength at Imperial 100 proof (57.1%vol). ”

Coal, pepper and some delicious flashes of honey and marmalade

Coal, pepper and some delicious flashes of honey and marmalade

And if that’s not enough to make you soil yourselves with excitement, here’s my tasting notes for my favourite, the Port Askaig 17yo:

Nose: Citrus and sweetness initially, with lemon juice, orange zest, honey and lemon curd.  The phenols are restrained, lurking in the background as coal and wet burnt wood.  With time more sooty notes emerge, alongside grapefruit, tangerine peel and faint medicine cabinet hints.

Palate:  A soft entry at first, with honey and lemon from the nose and a hint of brine.  Then a rush of spongecake accompanies the tangerine and grapefruit, before the coal finally emerges mid-palate, settling onto the tastebuds for a long, but balanced peaty, smokey rumble.

Finish:  Long, becoming warm.  Coal and pepper with some delicious flashes of honey and marmalade.

Comment:  Quite worryingly drinkable and extremely more-ish.  The balance is faultless, with each flavour element getting its moment in the limelight before dropping back into the ensemble.  An absolutely delightful dram.

So there you have it – the scoop on a bunch of exciting new Islay malts.  Don’t say I’m not good to you.

Have a great weekend & please let me know what you think of the range and the design.  Or heap opprobrium on me for plugging our sister company’s products on this blog, it’s up to you really.

Slainte,
Tim

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