smoky
lemon zest
port
coal
zesty
mint
oily
sweet
sweet fruit
Spiral Port Askaig 110° Proof

Port Askaig
110° Proof
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Smoke aromas and crisp apple notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Complex, notes of peat smoke, cloves, cinnamon, cocoa and licorice root.

Finish
Long, with a zing of spice and a dose of brine.
Price:
$77.99
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Port Askaig 110° Proof is adored for its smoky, lemon zest, port and coal flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Undisclosed distillery, Islay.

Based on 2574 votes, the average rating for Port Askaig 110° Proof is 6.6/10.

Top reviews for Port Askaig 110° Proof:

— This was a surprise, upon nosing I thought I smelled smoke, but after tasting it I was welcomed with a powerful yet good smoked meaty flavor. My first time tasting this and I am impressed with the flavor. This would be a Scotch I can see myself coming back to. Cheers!

— Smokey punch in the teeth

— Yum. Total yum. Super peaty, very smoky, and just divine! Must have for scotch lovers!
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    55%
  • Distillery
    Undisclosed
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    American oak barrels

Port Askaig 110° Proof

(0.75l, 55%)


6.6/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Port Askaig 110° Proof
Ira
Ira,
Had as part of the Peat It # 2. Took a lot of water for this one to open up. I love peated scotches, but this one not as much. It's not the alcohol, as I love barrel-strength whiskies.
 
Nancy
Nancy,
Holy smokes, Batman! Smoke and fire. I didn’t hate it. I got the peat and the apple.
 
Matt
Matt,
The back is a little harsh, but a lovely smoky nose and hints of apple and mint
 
NATHAN
NATHAN,
Heavier on the smoke than I generally prefer. The heat wasn’t too bad for me.
 
Mac
Mac,
Wow! Easily my favorite of the "Peat It, Peat It!" trio. If you're a smoke fetishist, maybe not for you, but it's certainly a main feature. Irish whiskey vibes with lots of "zest" which I find as black peppercorn at the finish and a fantastic nose.
 
Nathaniel
Nathaniel,
Nice smokey flavor, but holy shit does it have a hot finish. 110 proof (55%) is maybe a little more alcohol than I'd like.
 
CHRISTOPHER
CHRISTOPHER,
I was pleasantly surprised from nose to finish. I detected smoke and sweet (hints of apple) on the nose with a wonderfully powerful flavor of spice, smoke and some peaty medicinal overtures. The finish is long and joyful.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Meh
 
Joshua
Joshua,
This was a surprise, upon nosing I thought I smelled smoke, but after tasting it I was welcomed with a powerful yet good smoked meaty flavor. My first time tasting this and I am impressed with the flavor. This would be a Scotch I can see myself coming back to. Cheers!
 
Angela
Angela,
I tend to like my scotch on the smokier side, but this was a bit much. Smelled like a campfire and tasted like ashes. I swear I could still smell it in my nostrils a full day after drinking it. Actually kinda impressive...
 
Mark
Mark,
It smelled like a waterproof bandaid that someone threw into a campfire. It was difficult to taste the notes. It burned so much in the beginning and the finish was very medicinal. Notes of NyQuil. I’m going to say it wasn’t my favorite.
 
Margaret
Margaret,
Goodness, if I wanted this much smoke I would just have someone blow smoke in my mouth while they were smoking a cigar. Even the smell overcame my house and had my family wondering what was burning. To top it all off at 110 proof it hits you with pure alcohol. Even after I let it sit out for a bit to breathe I was left with even more smoke/peat flavor. It must be preferred by smokers because this was not it.
 
Jay
Jay,
The aroma from this whisky is like putting your head inside the oak cask it was drawn from - very nice. Has a bit of a bite.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
The Smokey was too intense for me. Not a fan
 
John
John,
This is a Very powerful scotch nice Peat and smoke but heavy on the alcohol.
 
Michael
Michael,
Great smokey flavor and very drinkable for a high proof scotch
 
Charles
Charles,
Smooth for 110 proof. Starts with a bite with a Good finish.
 
JOHN
JOHN,
Kilkerran 12 yr, Roknar, Buffalo Trace and Elijah Craig I MUCH PREFER to THIS! YUK! This is second irish scotch I have tried and I am guessing the HEAVY SMOKY overpowering flavor which reminds me of tequila, which I loathe, must be preferred by some? I also loathe blended canadian whiskey like r and r. I prefer kentucky straight bourbon. So perhaps that is why I despise this. "Smokey punch in the teeth"! YES I agree! Not worth half the price imho. Which is why I am so glad I was able to sample it in my taste box. Very inexperienced in sampling varieties, a beginner. I am wondering if their 8yr old is much different than this 110 proof. I would take Wild Turkey 101 over this sludge any day! And they age it in American barrels!?, sacrilege. I am guessing this is what they mean by smoke, brine and peat? I did not detect any apples or cinnamon!
JOHN
JOHN,
Irish Scotch!! LOL I meant Single Malt Scotch Whisky!! Amateurs! :)
Ben
Ben,
Smokey, peat with a little peanut taste? (Probably the oily flavor most get)
 
Brian
Brian,
New to scotch....first one i could get the aroma right smells like smoke and taste is not for me.
 
guest
guest,
Smokey punch in the teeth
JOHN
JOHN,
Agree!
Robert
Robert,
Expensive treat for the unknowledgeable scotch drinker It really is close to being just ok !!!
JOHN
JOHN,
Overpriced!
Adam
Adam,
This is great! Super smooth for a 110 proof!
JOHN
JOHN,
Smooth? ever tried Wild Turkey 101? well perhaps 110 proof is too close to gasoline for my taste?
michael
michael,
I thought it was great. Exactly as the tasting notes described
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Nose of bacon bits. Heat and smoke on the tongue. Ashy smoke in the finish. Great but not for the timid. Maybe an ice cube would help
 
Fuad
Fuad,
Not bad. Very peaty but also smooth. However have other favorites from Islay
 
Ron
Ron,
Real peaty. Some sweetness.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Slight yellow tint; smell is a spicy smoke, almost like mesquite; flavor is a strong peat with some slightly sweet and spice notes. To be blunt, it smells like something I would marinade my steak in. Picking up the flavor spiral was difficult because the smoke blows the pallete. If you like smoky, you'll love it, otherwise, steer clear.
 
Mark
Mark,
Pours almost clear - slight yellow tint; tequila on the nose; smoke on smoke on smoke; clean and airy, not super interesting; a little sweetness on the aftertaste - honey?
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Smoke. Coal. Just hits you in the face and lingers. My last of the Peat It 2 tasting set, and probably the last peated scotch that I’ll be drinking for quite some time. At least I gave it a go...
JOHN
JOHN,
My 50ml sample vile will last me for years I am guessing.
Christopher
Christopher,
Wow!!! That is A LOT of smoke but I have to say it actually works. My one complaint would be the the smokiness overcomes most of the rest of the flavor profile
 
Tara
Tara,
Great peaty, Smokey flavor. Very smooth
 
Steven
Steven,
More Smokey than I’d prefer, but it was quite good.
 
Dan
Dan,
Smoke on top of smoke. Tasted like I was eating a charcoal briquet. Not my style of scotch at all.
 
Michael
Michael,
Taste of rocks and firepit ash of two travelers trying to survive the bog's cold night, and one of them didn't make it, so the other burns the body.
JOHN
JOHN,
Agree!
Mark
Mark,
Agreed
Robert
Robert,
A beautiful Islay expression. It's well peated but it's not too briny -- instead, it holds onto a pleasant amount of sweetness. Complex. I'm still relatively inexperienced with Islay scotches, but this is one of my favorites so far.
 
Todd
Todd,
Smokey coal. Nice change of pace but not my mainstay.
 
Christine
Christine,
Enjoyed the smoke but the spicy, drawn-out finish isn't for me.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
'Twas delightful
 
Shaun
Shaun,
way to smoky for me. finish lingered for far too long.
JOHN
JOHN,
Nasty lingering aftertaste!
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Smooth given the proof, and I liked the flavor, but it lacked a bit of nuance.
 
ALEXIS
ALEXIS,
Very Smokey
JOHN
JOHN,
Agree!
John
John,
Very smoky flavor
JOHN
JOHN,
Agree!
Allen
Allen,
I actually quite liked this. It's pretty brash. I didn't get smoke as opposed to sharp peat, saltiness and a medium-long (perhaps a little harsh) finish. It had more complexity than I expected as well.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Too much smoke for me
JOHN
JOHN,
Agree!
Graham
Graham,
Good smoke at first but then it’s kind of harsh with lots of bite, finishing almost like a cheap alcohol would. Overall though, it’s not bad, but certainly wouldn’t be my first choice.
 
Tom
Tom,
REALLY Smoky - would not probably buy a large bottle.
 
Ira
Ira,
Loved this. Smokey with lots of crisp citrus. Grapes and raisins exploding in my mouth. Tastes like it's finished in some sort of sherry or port cask. Finish is burnt, almost like sucking on charcoal but in a good way.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Smoky af
 
Michael
Michael,
Smoky. Lemony? I enjoyed it.
 
Eric
Eric,
Too smoky for me
 
Edward
Edward,
I now understand the term oily . Not sure about the 110 proof.
 
David
David,
Smooth for the ABV level but something about the feel and the flavor just seems a bit off. If you are looking for great peat and you want it cask strength, and which is more smoky, more complex and much better flavor do yourself a favor and get the Ardbeg Correyvreken..
 
Bob
Bob,
I got Port Askaig 8 Year Old in the 2020 Flaviar Advent sampler and it was my favorite of the 24 whiskies, so I was excited to try this sample from the Peat It! Vol. 2 Tasting Box. Frankly, this one is not as good as the 8 yr. old to my palate. A bit more bite that sits on the tongue so the other flavors have a hard time coming through. The smoky, spicy, licorice, peaty, and clove are definitely there. In spite of that, I'd buy a bottle of this and add it to my home bar. It's a nice Scotch, just not as good as I had hoped.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
I love this stuff!!! Smoky, but not necessarily peaty, with just a hint of lemon zest. It sounds like a strange combination but, trust me, it works
 
Chris
Chris,
Warm, spicy, burning....
 
Stuart
Stuart,
A little harsh for my palette...
 
Michael
Michael,
Heavy smoke up front, then a nice burn-sweet combo on the back end.
 
Tod
Tod,
Not too sweet, not too smoky. A scotch to eat snacks with, if that's even a thing.
 
Peter
Peter,
Soooooo smoooooooth.... It is peaty but very tasty.
 
Joe
Joe,
Wonderful peaty scotch. Easy on the nose with the smoke and dried red fruit, very rich and smooth palate, and a long, sweet finish.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Definitely smoky and sweet. Love this stuff
 
Louise
Louise,
Initially there’s a smoky taste, which is followed by a citrusy taste.
 
Seth
Seth,
Smells like a plate of ribs slathered in sweet/smoky BBQ sauce, tastes even better!
 
John
John,
For a 110 proof Scotch My initial thought was I bet it burns going down! I was wrong. It’s smooth, tasty and definitely potent! I can taste the smoke, enjoy the slight citrus and the relaxing ambiance! Well worth the cost and have decided to never run out of this best Scotch with a kick!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Outstanding! Peaty, smoky, and smooth, long lasting echo on the palette. Highly recommend if you like to drink a man’s man’s scotch!
 
Jared
Jared,
Not my favorite peaty scotch
 
Richard
Richard,
Long finish, citrus and peat up front.
 
Jim
Jim,
Initially a pleasant bite of Smokey flavor followed a pleasant spicy finish. Interesting and would drink again but not top on my list.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Taste like an ashtray. Not my cup of tea
 
Shmuel
Shmuel,
So after reading the reviews I tried it in the testing box and how anyone tastes or smells anything aside from rubbing alcohol is beyond me.
 
Anton
Anton,
Like adding peat to cognac. Very Citrusy. Wouldn't regret ordering but would not keep it in my bar.
 
Dan
Dan,
Sweet, pepper, fairly smooth, long lingering notes, not my favorite, but descent
 
David
David,
Apple like, some peat notes. Warm on the tongue and lasting in the mouth. Some burn.
 
Alejandro
Alejandro,
I usually dont like very smokey drinks, but this one was surprisingly good and very smooth for a 110 proof.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Lemon zest fronts the light smoke on the nose. Texturally light and doesn’t support the proof. Bright palate upfront but the proof dominates mid and finish. Overall, not enjoyable.
 
Chris
Chris,
Maybe this just wasn't for me. It was sour/tart to the point it made me pucker. I don't think I need to say I definitely tasted the lemon. Then followed by sweetness. Not as smoky as I expected, more just alcohol heat - although not as much as I expected from 110 proof. Not awful, not gonna burn you alive from the inside, but I personally would not buy.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Outstanding! Peaty, smoky, and smooth, long lasting echo on the palette. Highly recommend if you like to drink a man’s man’s scotch!
 
David
David,
Liked it. Needed a splash of water for my taste with the high alcohol content.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Flavor spiral was spot on for this one. I really like it
 
Brooke
Brooke,
Very smoky to my palette. A bit overpowering. Someone else mentioned it made their mouth numb...me too! I added a single ice cube to cool it down a bit and it opened up the other flavors quite a bit. Not bad overall but certainly wouldn’t be my first drink of the night.
 
John
John,
A spicy, delightful surprise.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
This was good, decent smoke, decent balance. Not as smoky as I like my Islays, and there wasnt as much of the background flavors. For the money, not sure it's worth it, but it is definitely a good whisky.
 
Josh
Josh,
Decent smoke flavor and not too overpowering. The higher proof causes it to burn most of the way down. Not unpleasant but left my mouth a little numb and difficult to distinguish much nuance to the whiskey. Glad it was part of a tastimg box as I would not go amd seek this out on its own
 
Jason
Jason,
A little too smoky for me. Peat overpowers the other flavors but still drinkable.
 
Sean
Sean,
Delicious. Peaty, smoky, and sweet with a long long finish with hints of chocolate and roast coffee
 
Jeffery
Jeffery,
I enjoyed the whole peat 2 tasting box but this one is my favorite. On the nose very balanced lots of subtle flavors, good mouth feel. The peat really comes through on the finish.
 
NICHOLAS
NICHOLAS,
Love the secondary flavors.
 
Kenny
Kenny,
Great smoke and brine tastes here. Nearly clear in color threw me off at first. The high proof is intense but make it a worthwhile tasting experience.
 
ISMAEL
ISMAEL,
It was ok. A bit too smokey for me taste but suitable.
 
Hunter
Hunter,
I understand people not liking higher proof drinks but I love them and this one is delicious, a well balanced smoky taste with a smooth finish
 
Brett
Brett,
I'm still learning how to enjoy and detect certain flavors. This one is too much smoke for me. I didn't enjoy it both neat and with a splash of water. I'm glad it was part of a tasting box.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Intense on the nose and upon initial contact, however it finishes very smooth and flavorful. Its good, but it's not my cup of tea.
 
Randall
Randall,
Very smoky with a string brine flavor. High proof but DON'T water it down! It intensifies the numbing aftertaste. It's not bad for the occasional sipper, but the high proof makes it a one drink max scotch with nothing afterwards because your mouth is numb!
 
Nitin
Nitin,
Ton of smoke like Caol Ila or Lagavulin with a much sweeter finish, really smooth considering it’s 110 proof.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Almost clear, high alcohol content makes it more like moonshine than scotch. Smokey, briny w a spice on finish. Got some apple but only in very small sips. Powerful, almost overpowering
 
nick
nick,
Too much smoke
 
Phil
Phil,
Got this in a tasting box and absolutely disliked it. Found it to be so bitter on the back end that whatever good smoke/peat flavors were up front were just drowned in the bitter. I added water and that made it worse! 2 stars for having some good flavors up front, -8 stars for the bitterness.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Smells like scotch, tastes like scotch and moonshine put in a blender. I know it’s because of the strong proofing but caught me off guard in the blind taste test.
 
Emily
Emily,
Yum. Total yum. Super peaty, very smoky, and just divine! Must have for scotch lovers!
 
Scott
Scott,
Strong, even 1:1 with water this one burns all the way to the stomach. Decent smoke flavor, but it's masked by the alcohol. The only other flavor I can pick up is lemon/citrus.
 
Jake
Jake,
Smoke and heavy sweetness
 
Richard
Richard,
Very nice smoky peat on the front, with a slight briny clove on the finish. Subtle color that masks how flavorful and spicy it is.
 
Sam
Sam,
Love the peat
 
Brandon
Brandon,
One of the best smokey experiences. It has a deep profile for those who love peat and smoke. Aged with the oak makes it smooth but not harsh. Definitely hot and is best mellowed. Great for those looking for a strong flavor profile.
 
Justin
Justin,
Very smoky and hot on the sip when neat- adding a single drop of water to the drink opens it up into a subtle experience with plenty of herbal and tangy flavor to balance the strong peat flavors.
 
John
John,
Aroma ruined it immediately- smelled very medical and could not get over that when tasting - could no take more than one sip
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Bouquet for eons! Such a unique and powerful scotch experience. A little sweet, tangy, very smoky, and spicy. A faint bitterness is the only reason for the 9 rather than 10 stars.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Not super smokey and pleasant.
 
Brian
Brian,
Very potent peat smoke flavor. Heat from the beginning to end. Long finish with a bit of the burn that sticks around. Enjoyed it, but a little harsh for my tastes.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Delightful flavor without an overwhelming bite.
 
Graham
Graham,
Harsh. Not a fan. Better beat than with water. Bitter.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
That was truly an experience.
 
Kris
Kris,
Loved this bottle. If you like Laphroaig or Caol ila. You would like this. Light
 
Logan
Logan,
Solid peated scotch. However, I felt that the heftiness of the ABV did not go too well with the lemon/citrus. Gives way to a "thinner" taste but not a whole lot of character.
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
Good but a bit too much smoke for me.
 
Danek
Danek,
Again good, very strong just not in my pallet
 
Alphonso
Alphonso,
When I need that extra kick yes this is it. I’m sure I taste Caol Ila in there.
 
Johnathan
Johnathan,
Long finish, to heavy on the Apple & iodine flavors.
 
Jen
Jen,
I am really surprised this one has a lower rating that other smokey, peaty scotches. I have been a big fan of the Laphroig Quarter Cask for a long time, but to me, this one tasted even better than that.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Not bad. Finish was long. Prefer Ardbeg 10 year over this by far
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Thought this would be a bigger kick in the teeth than it was...enjoyable overall! Got smoke, iodine, a little creme brulee, and even a hint of grapefruit in the nose. Taste has more smoke and peat and a touch of lemon cookie with a long sticky finish. Added 1/4 teaspoon of water and that brought a little banana bread and orange marmalade in the nose. Taste remained similar but added some brine. Finish dried out a little too. Overall, would like a little more complexity at the end of the day but what was there was pleasant.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Smoother than I thought at 55% strength. Smoky scent similar to Laphroaig counterbalanced with sweetness.
 
Craig
Craig,
Nice blend of flavors. A little subtle. Great aroma. At 55% Abv, the burn is as expected.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Love this! A little citrus on the nose. Some sweetness but not too much. Really enjoyed with a couple drops of water.
 
Nadav
Nadav,
Tried as part of a tasting box. Definitely a bite at 55%, a splash of water opens it up. Smoky with a fairly smooth finish, but nothing special in terms of complexity. If I were to reach for an Islay peated scotch, I don't think it would be this one.
 
Justin
Justin,
I feel like this is Liquid Smoke as a Scotch. With every sip, I feel like I am drinking steak or chicken barbequed on a charcoal grill. Not sure if I love it or hate it, but I do want more. I do feel it would be fantastic paired with a good steak.
 
David
David,
Jet fuel
 
Mark
Mark,
Good overall flavor with the right amount of burn at the finish. Let’s you know that it’s a higher liquor content without being too powerful to enjoy it.
 
Jay
Jay,
Very nice!
 
John
John,
One of the Best Rum I have ever had the pleasure to taste. I have it aT 9 - a semi-sweet, smooth, no bite full body Rum. The price is well worth the top shelf and no mix necessary- straight up with a chuck of ice. Drink this Rum as you would a fine scotch!
John
John,
Obviously a miss - this belongs in the review for Dipolmatico Ron Antigua Reserva Exclusiva.
Scott
Scott,
Deep meaty smoke flavor. Very smooth with some peat and brine, but the smokiness is the first intense flavor, with the peat smoothing out the finish. On my first sip I was not expecting the fullness of the meaty smoke and it caught me off-guard, the the finish was much more soothing. This is a must for people who love a near hickory flavor, and despite the 110 proof, it does not have a bite of alcohol that one would expect.
 
Nate
Nate,
I found this to be a taste that works best when allowed to swirl around on your tongue to allow yourself the full appreciation for this spirit. You would think 110 proof would overwhelm you, but instead it settles nicely and the tastes and flavors subtly come to the surface.
 
Laura
Laura,
Smooth and approachable, smoke and mild spice
 
Daniel
Daniel,
So so smoky. You either are very intrigued or hate it.
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
My favorite of the Peat box. Just a tad better than Peat Monster. Complex almost chewy mouthfeel. A bit hot but flavors just keep coming so you don’t mind. Flavor profile on the money. Smoke, lemon, port for sure. Will buy a full bottle.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
For those who like intense flavor. The smoke is pronounce yet smooth. This is aged well and tested for its nice transition from peat until it trails of to a smooth finish. Definitely a favorite for peat lovers. One of my go too, along with Viking Honour.
 
Tim
Tim,
More cherry, light mint, medium smoke, mouth watering, delish
 
John
John,
Smoke that is intense and a smooth spicy taste of Sweetness!
 
Clint
Clint,
Very smoky and smooth. Great gathering drink to serve those who appreciate great Scotch!
 
Josh
Josh,
Very good Scotch. Smoky, salty, natural tasting with a nice fruity, minty finish.
 
James
James,
Like licking a piece of charred wood. Overwhelming smoke.
 
Peter
Peter,
The peat is well balanced by its salty and flavorful finish- Smoky and delicious!
 
Larry
Larry,
I have the 19 year old bottle of this and love it. Not sure how this will compare.... Love the Peat, smoky taste...exceptional !!
 
Ray
Ray,
I really wanted to like this, the flavor profile seemed center-of-the-bullseye for me, but it was to harsh, flavor buried in the ethanol.
 
Tom
Tom,
This is currently the BEST scotch I’ve ever had so far🤙
 
Angel
Angel,
Quite the dram. Heavy peat wonderful youthful exuberance. Islay heaven with a proper abv.
 
Leslie
Leslie,
Possibly the worst whisky I’ve ever tasted. Undrinkable!
 
Raven
Raven,
I didn't really like it at all. I tasted a lot of spice but there wasn't enough balance with other flavors. It was very strong in smell and taste, I prefer a smoother finish, especially for the price.
 
Scott
Scott,
Had a very "medicine" taste. Not wild about this one...
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Flavorful and has the spike in strength
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Tried it as part of the Peat It, Peat It! Vol. 2 collection and was not great impressed with peated scotch overall. However, this was a significant whisky worth mentioning. I expected more fire than smoke when I saw that it was 110 proof, but it was actually quite subtle. There was quite a bit of peaty smokiness, as to be expected, but there wasn't the rough burn you would expect from a scotch, much less a high octane one. There was definitely a hint of sweetness to the finish, with a subtle zest and a bit of tannin. If you wanted someone to try out peats, this would be a good place to start.
 
Steven
Steven,
Very smoky and spicy
 
David
David,
Good one, never had this before. Enjoyed the character and look forward to another dram.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Really great independent bottler of Caol Ila. I always enjoy tasting single malts at a higher proof. This definitely has way more peat smoke on the nose than on the palate. Lots of fresh citrus drizzled with caramel under the peat. Slight dash of white pepper. Love it!
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Lemon zest leading to peat finish. Drinks smooth for 110 proof. Great Islay Whiskey. Would drink again!
 
Matt
Matt,
Some nice typical Islay flavors, including peat and smoke, but not as much brine or other interesting layers as some of the others. A solid dram, but not one I'm likely to buy again.
 
Michael
Michael,
Alcohol over the top - too much - overshadowed whatever flavor this one had
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Strong cheese, nice earthy smoke, but a bit overwhelming. Every few sips I'll get an opening of some fruits, but hard to identify and not consistent enough to be rewarding
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Smokey and sweet. Solid drink
 
Donald
Donald,
Provides a tasty little dram from Islay, without punching you in the throat, unless of course you’re into that sort of thing.
 
Adam
Adam,
Taste like a dentist office. Only booze to ever make me gag long after trying it.
 
Jay
Jay,
Nothing but high proof smoke. Just not for me.
 
Liam
Liam,
Solid taste. A bit too much alcohol flavor good overall
 
Cameron
Cameron,
I wish the flavor was more like the nose which includes more sweetness. The taste is just pure smoke. Nothing else going on.
 
Dat
Dat,
Strong peaty nose, and a hearty peaty finish that lasts. Surprisingly smooth and fairly complex, even though the color (pale straw) indicates that this is still young and could become better with a few more years in the barrel.
 
Chris
Chris,
Prefer bourbon over scotch, but the smokiness wasn't too heavy and was fairly enjoyable. I would have again, but probably won't be stocking up anytime soon.
 
Paulo
Paulo,
Nah, not my jam. This is not a bad whisky and the palate is actually quite pleasant, but overall it is young, rough, simple and quite thin, all at the same time. The proof doesn't do it any favors either, just highlighting the lack of maturity.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Nice punch to the mouth.
 
John
John,
Nice peat! Sweet fruit on palate and in the finish. Really like this stuff.
 
Pierre
Pierre,
Very strong flavor that seems to hit all the wrong notes. Don't bother adding water it doesn't help
 
Suzanne
Suzanne,
Okay I'm a total novice at whiskey, it's why I joined the club. No claims to a sophisticated palate here. I am trying to develop a taste for the strong single malts, the smokier part of the spectrum, and let's just say this whiskey really challenges me. The strong nose hit me wrong immediately. Think lighter fluid poured onto cigars mashed into dust with an old leather boot. Yeah that's about right. The taste was not as bad as the smell, but still smoky as hell. Then it did go through a second note that surprised me in its smoothness. I could only drink it by lightly coating my tongue and letting burn. Perhaps useful if your tastebuds are not functioning properly. It might be a good remedy for a cold. Indeed, it does have a medicinal taste, overall. I discovered this in the Scotland Vol. II Tasting Box, and I'm glad. I'm not quite ready to dive into a bottle of this just yet.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Too smoky
 
Jason
Jason,
Very strong smokey flavor, aftertaste lingers.
 
Santiago
Santiago,
Very nice flavour, with hints of smoke and cinnamon. One of my favourites.
 
Isak
Isak,
A nice, hot whiskey. Definitely peaty, but has a nice fruity finish. The proof is definitely noticeable but also provides big flavor.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Liked the smokiness but the spice and smoke wasn’t as great of a combo
 
Daniel
Daniel,
A decent dram, but I prefer Ardbeg for this level of peat ones.
 
Mitchell
Mitchell,
Harsh but strong flavor
 
Apache
Apache,
Respectful legs very smoky spicy and savory
 
Adam
Adam,
It’s amazing
 
Don
Don,
Clear color and easy nose was surprising as there is a great peated flavor
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Wow, harsh. Notes of iodine and charcoal. Not likely getting more.
 
Reese
Reese,
Have had many peated whiskeys, this is excellent!
 
Matt
Matt,
Boozey. Strong. Medicinal in a way I don't like. Overpowering. Weirdly, intensely and confusingly vegetal. Good brine on the nose, though. Smokey and ashy. Way down, past the alcohol burn, there is butterscotch. Not the best from Islay. This is a young and hopelessly wild whiskey. Hard to find something and hold on to it in this. It's rough, rowdy, immature and punchy. Like a frat party in grandpa's liquor cabinet. I'll spend my money elsewhere.
 
Tim
Tim,
Very smoky - I couldn’t get past the strong licorice flavor.
 
Paul
Paul,
Smokey, spicy, smooth finish. I'm biased to the cask strengths.
 
Lea
Lea,
smokey without sweet
 
Christian
Christian,
Very smoky, you can taste the clove. It’s spicy but the smoke lingers.
 
Robb
Robb,
Saved by smokiness in my estimation but there is definitely a “tequila like” nose to it that I don’t prefer in my scotch. I was hopeful the port case would dull this down a bit but the proof on this very much comes through and becomes a little unnecessary as well. Not awful but not for me.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
smooth with a sour finish
 
Matthew
Matthew,
long smoky finish
 
Lee
Lee,
Once you get past the gasoline/peat flavor, has a decent flavor.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Wow. Admittedly not a guy who likes a lot of smoke, but this is over the top. Also, the overtones and nose remind me tequila, due to the oily flavor. Saving grace: 55% ABV
 
Robert
Robert,
Taste like an old boxing glove. I’m told this is what “good scotch” should taste like but it’s not for me.
 
Briana
Briana,
Barely able to drink way too much smoke!
 
Todd
Todd,
Heavy smoke, but also sweet. Added a few drops of water and it tames the smoke. Still there, but you get other flavors and it becomes sweeter.
 
Mark
Mark,
Very smoky and for me it was difficult to get past that to feel other flavors.
 
John
John,
Not my thing. Tis smoke forward a lot of spice.
 
Alex
Alex,
The smell is stronger than the flavor.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Fantastically peaty and smooth
 
Matt
Matt,
I will never understand the appeal of smoky/peaty whiskys, they all taste the same.
 
Burton
Burton,
Unmistakably Islay. The extra proof points add to the saturated tastes. Delicious smoke, spice, vanilla... A really good example of this region.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Fantastic smokey scent right upfront, but too sweet. I love peated whiskey but this comes off chemical for me. May like it over time.
Suzanne
Suzanne,
Could you recommend a good peated whiskey for a beginner?
Robyn
Robyn,
Smooth for the proof, smoky. There wasn’t anything too notable about it, though. Probably wouldn’t spend that much for a bottle.
 
Paul
Paul,
Unique and Smokey tastes like drinking a campfire
 
Steve
Steve,
WOW! Nice, strong peaty flavor with a kick. Fairly smooth for the high ABV, and long lasting smoke and charcoal flavors.
 
James
James,
Peat is well blended into a balanced flavoring in the mouth
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Potentially overpriced compared to similar whiskies, but damn did it hit the spot sitting by the fire !
 
Ray
Ray,
So smooth, especially considering it’s high ABV. Sweet start and a SUPER long peat, tobacco, charcoal finish.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Shockingly smooth for such a high ABV. Solid smoke flavor but a decent shot of caramel and oak throughout.
 
Matt
Matt,
Heavy, smoked whiskey with overwhelming charcoal and smoke flavor.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Nose: The lemon peel is strong on the nose. There's a medicinal quality to the nose, as well—no, more of an astringent nose. The peat is buried far underneath, a lingering note of burning wood. As the whisky sets longer, the peat begins to creep out a bit more. Palate: Both the peat and the oak are far more prevalent on the palate. The tannins are reasonably well developed. The smoke continues to build as I get deeper into the whisky. It's still a woody smoke. Finish: The finish is all smoke and tannins. In all, it's not a bad whisky, but there are better peated whiskies available.
 
Scott
Scott,
Reminded me of cadaver lab. Medicinal as mentioned previously and reminiscent of formaldehyde smell. That being said, I enjoyed the flavors on the back end and the finish left me wanting another sip.
 
Eric
Eric,
Not for me.
 
Ron
Ron,
with many cask strength scotches out there, it is tough to find a perfect one, this is balanced with good peat and wonderful flavour, it just keeps on the palate for a long time, give me more.
 
Justin
Justin,
With any 110% proof you're worried the stronger ABV is going to kill the flavor, but that's not the case with the Port Askaig. The drink is delightfully heavy on the tongue, and has a nice peat to it. It's a bit of a rougher ride than a 90 proof whisky, sure, and there's an ash topnote that interferes a bit with the enjoyment of the malty/smoky flavor, but if you're looking for a 110 proof smoky whiskey, it'll do you just fine.
 
James
James,
I don’t like peated scotch, so this is not for me. That said, it is lighter peat and less smokey than many, with a smooth finish, so I was able to finish the dram. Would definitely not buy it, but could get through a glass if presented at someone’s home or dinner.
 
Ray
Ray,
Mild peat and smoke, very slight sweetness. Good drink.
 
Gary
Gary,
The nose was strong and the taste of smoke, coal, and peat was overpowering for all who tasted. No one would purchase a full bottle of this whiskey.
 
Alex
Alex,
A wonderfully complex whisky! The culmination of flavors leaves the drinker wanting more. The zestiness and smokiness together make it a must try! A word of warning, it’s quotes potent...
 
Jeramy
Jeramy,
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. My dream whisky
 
Brian
Brian,
The smoke and peat really come through, but there’s enough sweetness to balance things out nicely.
 
Pen
Pen,
Very SMOKEY, heavy anise on the backend, very medicinal. Almost like drinking a humidor. Not for me.
 
John
John,
this is definitely a go-to bottle at this price. savory peat with a complex finish of flavors.
 
James
James,
Far too harsh tasting, rubbing alcohol like, never again.
 
Paul
Paul,
Nice smokiness . Added a little water and poured over ice. Very nice and smooth. The color is very light. I prefer it darker, but I enjoyed it very much. The taste reminded me of the Laphroaig PX Cask.
 
Randy
Randy,
Too peaty for me.
 
Rick
Rick,
Smoky, peppery; lots of spice and heat. Kinda medicinal. Could smell it a couple feet away from the glass. Added a bit water to open it up. Didn't help. A little too much. Maybe just not my taste.
 
Michael
Michael,
Good, not great. Nice smokiness, decent little flare of flavors, but the burn after swalling this makes any flavors you were enjoying disappear.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Smokey, has a little bite, taste like a younger aged scotch
 
Brian
Brian,
Not bad if you are in a smoky mood.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Smells Smokey. Tastes Smokey. Too much so for my taste. Kind of comes across like chewing on burnt wood.
 
Michihiro
Michihiro,
Loved this - sooo much smoke up front but it tapers off quick and the finish is so clean. Just a fun dram
 
Sam
Sam,
Eh not my fav....extremely Smokey
 
Angela
Angela,
very light in color, very smoky which is not for me at all.
 
Doug
Doug,
I really enjoyed this one. I was a bit leery of the high proof, but the sweetness balances that out -- and adding just a bit of water doesn't hurt, either.
 
Steven
Steven,
Did not like it. Had a medicine smell to it.
 
Doron
Doron,
Beautiful smoky flavor. A bit too strong.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a rich & zesty birth; while a complex life leads to a long & rich death with an oily texture.
 
Craig
Craig,
A Good drink for a peat fan.
 
John
John,
A little peaty, clove and licorice. Not too bad.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Honestly, that apple, sweet, crisp candy scent came through strong on the nose. I thought one thing, then was hit with a strong smoky flavor. That melted away into a little alcohol bite and complex chocolate, peaty raisin finish. It's really very good and complex. One of my favorites that isn't an old standard like Lagavulin 16. Found it through a tasting box.
 
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Really different than anything i’ve had before. First thought, its smells and tastes like band-aids.
 
Greg
Greg,
Smokey on the nose but much less so on the tongue. Not as hot as some are saying, but I like spice so proceed with caution if you don't. I really like the flavor. I wish Flaviar had more of thier samples for sale. This is number 15 out of my Advent box, and most are not available.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
People have it right: it’s smoky. But I found it enjoyable without burning or heat.
 
chris
chris,
smokey
 
Patrick
Patrick,
very light in color, very smoky which is not for me at all.
 
Terri
Terri,
very smoky! Nose and taste. Better with a cube of ice.
 
Austin
Austin,
Much darker flavors than it looks. Very smoky.
 
Alex
Alex,
Deliciously peaty and smoky but still sweet at the same time.
 
James
James,
Plenty of heat and a wonderful flavor.
 
Paul
Paul,
Too much heat for me. The peat was fine. Overall not an enjoyable drink for me. I had a portion from the Christmas advent calendar. Almost poured it out. But I did not. Don't want to waste it.
 
Paul
Paul,
Too proofed up for me, too diesel, maybe my scotch palate just isn’t developed enough but was just too burnt tasting or something
 
Gregory
Gregory,
It's OK
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Deceptively clear. This is an exceptionally complex Islay, with peat and the ocean and bandaids in the nose, a lot more sweetness than you’d expect in the taste, along with almost everything in the nose, a hint of citrus and chocolate, and a ridiculously long finish that’s chewy in all the best ways. This is my favorite advent calendar offering to this point.
 
Todd
Todd,
Hotter and peatier than I prefer.
 
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