Whisky Review: Port Askaig Islay 110 Proof Single Malt - The Whiskey Wash

Whisky Review: Port Askaig Islay 110 Proof Single Malt

Although Port Askaig is named for a real village in Islay, a popular Scotch whisky making region, there’s no actual distillery there. Rather, what we have here, Port Askaig 110 Proof Islay Single Malt, is part of a range of independent bottler releases that are sold under the Port Askaig label and sourced from a variety of unnamed Islay distilleries.

It is mentioned by the bottler that this line up is in the middle of the smoky spectrum compared to other whiskies from this area.  Each bottling, as legally required by the “single malt” nomenclature, comes from a single distillery, in batches varying in size from two to 40 barrels. It’s cask strength, unfiltered, and aged in used bourbon barrels.

Other than that, there’s very little information available about these whiskies (one reviewer guesses this release is Caol Ila). This particular expression is the first to be sold in the United States, being non-age statement in nature and, as the name implies, bottled at 110 proof.

Port Askaig Islay 110 Proof

Tasting Notes: Port Askaig 110 Proof Islay Single Malt

Vital stats: single malt, 55% ABV, aged in used bourbon barrels, $75, non-age statement, non-chill filtered, natural color

Color: pale straw, white wine

Nose: Smoke and hay at first, then green apple, salt, and white pepper. A savory charred meat note starts to predominate after a few moments in the glass.

Palate: Quite spicy and peppery, with ample smoke and more savory umami notes, but now it’s more of a smoked deli meat, like pastrami, than a blackened steak. Plenty of black pepper. There’s a little orchard fruit, but it’s quite faint. Despite the high proof, water doesn’t add much, almost flattening it out, if anything.

The Takeaway


I like this whisky fine, but the $75 price tag is pretty steep for a non age statement independent bottling without much complexity. The smoke is well-balanced and savory, and the light fruit notes add some interest, but I find it verges on too hot and peppery, and adding water just muddles things up. I'd definitely sip it, but I'd hesitate to buy a bottle for myself.

User Rating 3.33 (3 votes)
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Katelyn Best

Katelyn is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon. She's a regular contributor to the Whiskey Wash with an affinity for the unique and weird side of whiskey.