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.
"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?
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.