The island of Islay (pronounced eye-la) lies in the southern Inner Hebridean isles of Scotland and boasts 8 producing single malt distilleries: (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Kilchoman) and one closed (Port Ellen). Islay is home to some of the most famous distilleries in Scotland, and while the majority produce a heavily peated and pungently smoky whisky, there are excellent un-peated styles made here too.
The distinctive smoky aroma and flavour is imparted by the drying of barley over smouldering peat fires, with this character diminishing and softening with time in the cask. Islay whiskies are connected strongly to where they are made, and a visit to the island is among one of the best whisky experiences available in the world.
The Whiskies of Islay — Port Askaig
Port Askaig '100 Proof' 57.1%
Bottled from a selection of casks both young and old from an undisclosed distillery on Islay, the Port Askaig series personifies the Islay style - dense smoke, sea spray and a hint of lemon and liquorice (suggesting one distillery in particular). The peat smoke lingers on the palate with salted caramel, herbal notes and a slow drying finish. Bot...
Port Askaig '10th Anniversary' 10 years old 55.85%
Bottled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Port Askaig brand, this limited edition release was chosen from ex-bourbon & sherry butts from a distillery near the village of Port Askaig on Islay. An evocative swirling smoke starts the aroma - coal fires, beaches and maritime peat, with sweet honey-drizzled pancakes, autumn fruit and rashe...
Port Askaig 45 years old 40.8%
This incredibly rare whisky is the oldest Islay single malt we have stocked, bottled after 45 years of maturation. Distilled at an undisclosed distillery in 1968, this bottling is a combination of 5 old sherry casks. It carries a staggeringly complex array of aromas of flavours - honey sweetness, rich over-ripe fruit, a hint of menthol and a wav...
Port Askaig 8 years old 45.8%
This is the latest core expression to join the Port Askaig range, a soft sweet and peaty 8 year old from an undisclosed distillery. Matured entirely in refill American oak, it is fresh and vibrant on the nose with lemon oil, salty sea spray and a soft ashy smoke. More citrus on the palate with smoked fish and that classic Islay peat reek. A hone...
Port Askaig 8 years old Gift Pack 45.8%
The Port Askaig series personifies the Islay style, bottled from an undisclosed distillery on Islay. A soft sweet and peaty 8 year old is matured entirely in refill American oak, it is fresh and vibrant on the nose with lemon oil, salty sea spray and a soft ashy smoke. More citrus on the palate with smoked fish and that classic Islay peat reek. ...