Whisky Advent Day 2: Port Askaig 8
Appearance: very pale; light gold. Thin with fast flowing, close legs
Nose: smoke is prominent but wispy and not overpowering; hidden within the smoke is a delicious sweetness (caramel?) balanced with a salt that stops it from becoming cloying; this is the first whisky I have got a cigar box note from (21/25)
Palate: smoke is much more dense up front on the palate than the nose rushing in like a doused fire; as the smoke subsides a burnt salted caramel follows through in a most unusual but pleasing manner; there’s a hint of spice but it gets lost in the intense smoke (20/25)
Finish: the smoke dwindles to a brine note for a medium length finish. I would have liked it to be slightly longer because I feel it was developing as it went! (19/25)
Balance: the palate largely follows what you expect from the nose with the exception of the smoke’s intensity, which came as a pleasant surprise! (20/25)
Overall: I really enjoyed this. It reminded me of Ardbeg, which in my book is never a bad thing! This whisky advent could turn out to be an expensive month if all the samples are this good because resisting the temptation to buy a bottle will be difficult. Perhaps the soon-to-be Mrs Cask Blog will give me the stength to resist.