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Port Askaig 19 Year Old Cask Strength

Liquid briny fudge

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@HeavyKReview by @HeavyK

13th Oct 2014

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I'm an IT Administrator by day and have a parttime job as a bartender "by night". I work at a pub here in Odense, Denmark, which is owned by my very good friend and he needed some help two years ago and I kind of stuck around, taking a shift once or twice pr. month ever since.

ChristianFirtal (C4) specialises in micro-brewery beers from around the world on 20 taps and offer whisky, rum, eau de vie, gin, cognac and lots more. Beers are changed on a daily basis and the other liquors every 2-3 weeks or so. Depends on how popular they are.

I would not have had the oppurtunities to taste the whiskies that I have without C4. When bartending you are required to taste new stuff and brush up. When I'm at the pub as a costumer, I get everything with a 50% discount.

Anyway, I've been reading alot about Port Askaig the past months, the only Islay malt I hadn't tasted yet. (Which is sort of a lie.. haven't tasted Port Ellen yet and Gartbreck, obviously) Then luck struck upon me. I was behind the bar two days ago when a regular walks in. This guy, Henrik, has the most impressive whisky collection that I personally know of and we have a great talk as usual, including Port Askaig. A couple of hours later when my colleague and I where relieved they the evening team, the three of us are having a beer. In the meantime, Henrik is texting his girlfriend and she comes by and pulls up a bottle of Port Askaig 19 years old from her bag. Wow, just like that.

I wish I had more time to nose and taste it. I only had ~20 min with a little water before I had to head home to wifey and daughter. I even had to decline dram number two. Sigh.

The thing is, I'm not quite sure if my score is based on the wow-factor or not. Being a fan Islay's tripple mastodont distilleries, this took me by surprise. I really really like it, I love everything about it! I've contacted our liquor supplier in the hopes that they have it.

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3 comments

@Onlyhalfmad
Onlyhalfmad commented

"Anyway, I've been reading alot about Port Askaig the past months, the only Islay malt I hadn't tasted yet"

If you have tasted them all (bar the two mentioned) then you have tried it before as its is probably Call ila or a Bunna.

But yes it is good, what abv was the bottle?

5 years ago 0

@Onlyhalfmad
Onlyhalfmad commented

Edit just noticed it is 50.4%. If you get offered the one at lower strength give it a miss.

5 years ago 0

@HeavyK
HeavyK commented

@Onlyhalfmad

Hehe, true about probably having tasted it before. The 45.8% is the one Called Harbour, right? Do you remember how it was? Here in Denmark, the one I reviewed is 133 EU and the 19 year old Harbour is ~80 EU and is tempted to try it.

On another note, I hope they update the site soon so you can edit a review. I had no idea that my nose and taste notes would be layed out like that.

5 years ago 0

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