Port Askaig 15yo, Oloroso Sherry Cask, Speciality Drinks

Tasting Notes

ABV

45.8%

 

Region

Islay

 

Bottling

Speciality Drinks Ltd.

 

Cask type

First-fill Oloroso Sherry Casks (5,000 btl.)


Nose

Peat smoke, pleasantly mixed with floral notes and vanilla. Sherry arrives with dark fruits - cherries, dates and raisins. Pleasantly sweet with toffee and subtle malted barley, with a hint of antiseptic notes in the back.

Palate

Bold and intense on the palate with a lovely balance of smoke and sweet sherry flavours. Dark fruits with raisins and cherries, immediately followed by a warming spiciness of pepper, nutmeg and allspice.

Finish

The finish is medium-long and warm with subtle peat smoke, creamy honey and vanilla. Dry oak and lingering nutty flavours on the tail.


With Water

There's almost no change on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Maybe the flowery notes become more intense while the sweetness is tamed a bit. Significantly more smoke on the palate with slightly enhanced oak spices while the lingering sweetness remains. The finish shows medium length with a pleasant mix of sweet honey, warm oak spice and smoke.

Comments

A beautifully composed islander. Lovely balance of sherry derived fruitiness, with a delicate sweetness and peaty smokiness. A fruity, peppery and lively expression as a digestif.

 
I thank Kirsch Whisky - The House of Whiskies for the sample and the photograph!

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