Port Askaig’s New Expressions Reflect the Seasons – Scotch Whisky News

Port Askaig Launches Seasonal Tributes to the Flavors of Islay

Port Askaig whiskies provide an elegant escape into the world of peaty Islay whisky.

Elixir Distillers has launched two Port Askaig 12-Year-Old Limited Editions created to embody the unique spirit of Islay and its people.

“Having worked with Elixir for many years and knowing the process of cask selection we have been blessed to have several very special casks that have come out in limited releases over the years. Many of these have achieved high praise from very well-respected reviewers around the world. Recently we had the privilege of having two exceptional 12-year-old expressions, one fully matured in Bourbon and the other a culmination of amazing Bourbon and Sherry casks. These two Port Askaig 12-year-old expressions are fantastic for special occasions and a true testament not only to the ability of Oliver Chilton to select amazing casks but his fine nose and taste to be able to pick these hidden gems from hundreds of casks he goes through when making selections for Port Askaig 8-year-old and 110 Proof”

~ Sam Filmus, President of ImpEx Beverages

Port Askaig 12-Year-Old Bourbon Cask

Nose: The smokiness of peated malt fresh from the kiln, melding with a background of zesty lemon oil and sea breeze. A maritime minerality drifts in.

Palate: Lemon sherbet and key lime pie accented by the sweetness of stone fruits. This blends with sooty smoke from a large hearth and boasts a toffee-led sweetness underneath.

Finish: Rich, barbecued Persian black lemon and dried mint leaves linger with fresh turf. A touch of smoked paprika has the last word.

This Edition, contains distillate from 2006 and 2007 from the north-east coast of Islay and has been matured for over 12 years in ex-Bourbon Hogsheads to create a new release that showcases the very best of Islay with a perfect balance of sweetness and smoke.  Non chill-filtered and bottled at 45.8%, which head blender Oliver Chilton feels is the ideal drinking strength, 5,000 bottles have been produced for the world, with 720 bottles available in the US.

Port Askaig 12-Year-Old Marriage of Bourbon and Sherry Casks

Nose: The smokiness of peated malt fresh from the kiln, melding with a background of zesty lemon oil and sea breeze. A maritime minerality drifts in.

Palate: Lemon sherbet and key lime pie accented by the sweetness of stone fruits. This blends with sooty smoke from a large hearth and boasts a toffee-led sweetness underneath.

Finish: Rich, barbecued Persian black lemon and dried mint leaves linger with fresh turf. A touch of smoked paprika has the last word.

This Edition is a marriage of whiskies from nine refill American Oak Hogsheads, five Oloroso Sherry Butts, and three Solera Sherry Butts, combined to create a flavorful Single Malt with a medley of smoky, fruity, and coastal notes.  As with the Bourbon Edition, this Edition is non chill-filtered and bottled at 45.8% to fully showcase its distinct Islay character. 9,000 bottles of the limited-edition release have been produced, with 360 bottles available in the US.

ImpEx Beverages Inc.

360 Swift Ave

Side B # 9

South San Francisco, CA 94080

www.ImpExBev.com

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