It is common knowledge that Port Askaig, marketed by Specialty Drinks from Sukhinder Singh, is either Caol Ila, Lagavulin or Bunnahabhain. This is the youngest from the series with age statement. This 8 year old is bottled at 45.8%, which is not cask strength, but a commercial drinking strength used for all Port Askaig with age statement. This is Lagavulin!
Young and fresh nose with loads of maritime elements in a jacket of vanilla and citrus. A textbook example of young Lagavulin (and better than I remember). It is oily and surprisingly sweet. The peat, seaweed and medicinal elements quickly move over to allow barley sugar, vanilla, breakfast cereals and some sugared citrus peel to kick in. But the spices speak up as well: pepper, nutmeg and a single clove. Then the sweetness again gets surrounded by smoke and ham on the barbecue.
The finish is medium long and allows the smoke to return, while the spices fade gently and leave the mouth dry with a sweet, fruity note at the death.
One of the best Lagavulin on the market if you compare price and quality.