Malt Mileage Rating: ★★★☆
Type: Single malt
Origin: Islay, Scotland
Port Askaig 100° proof is an independent bottling of a whisky from an undisclosed Islay distillery.
Nose: This whisky smells young but sweet and fragrant – find sourdough and damp bread, sliced black olives, bright lemon, with caramel, hints of Mars bar and a sharp soapiness.
Taste: Sharp and astringent at first, the high alcohol content of this malt set my palate into a daze. But, my palate – as always – was eager for more. The taste of this whisky, as the nose suggests, was young and sweet. It tasted of polyester (seat belt), caramel, golden honey, and bright lemon; what I really enjoyed, though, were notes of ground coffee and chocolate. With water, the whisky released more fruit flavours (apple, especially).
Finish: Spicy and drying, the finish was peppery and warming with wedges of lemon, rubber, latex gloves, cotton and buttered crusty burnt bread.
Overall: This whisky would likely be the delight of the budget conscious peat lover; at the heart of this malt is uncomplicated – and young – sweet peat that delivers a peat fix as needed. Whilst the simplicity of this malt may leave some seasoned malt drinkers underwhelmed, there was something effortless about it – simple, young, peated malt accentuating the distillate over the oak. Adding a splash of water unveiled flavours of fruit, especially apple. At its British price of about £37 (which is about A$62), I would buy a bottle.