Elixir Distillers has launched two Port Askaig 12-Year-Old Limited Editions created to embody the unique spirit of Islay and its people. Port Askaig whiskies provide an elegant escape into the world of peaty Islay whisky.
Port Askaig 12-Year-Old Bourbon Edition
This Edition, contains distillate from 2006 and 2007 from the north-east coast of Islay and has been matured for over 12 years in ex-Bourbon Hogsheads to create a new release that showcases the very best of Islay with a perfect balance of sweetness and smoke. Non chill-filtered and bottled at 45.8%, which head blender Oliver Chilton feels is the ideal drinking strength, 5,000 bottles have been produced for the world, with 720 bottles available in the US.
Nose: The smokiness of peated malt fresh from the kiln, melding with a background of zesty lemon oil and sea breeze. A maritime minerality drifts in.
Palate: Lemon sherbet and key lime pie accented by the sweetness of stone fruits. This blends with sooty smoke from a large hearth and boasts a toffee-led sweetness underneath.
Finish: Rich, barbecued Persian black lemon and dried mint leaves linger with fresh turf. A touch of smoked paprika has the last word.
Port Askaig 12-Year-Old Marriage of Bourbon and Sherry Edition
This Edition is a marriage of whiskies from nine refill American Oak Hogsheads, five Oloroso Sherry Butts, and three Solera Sherry Butts, combined to create a flavorful Single Malt with a medley of smokey, fruity, and coastal notes. As with the Bourbon Edition, this Edition is non chill-filtered and bottled at 45.8% to fully showcase its distinct Islay character. 9,000 bottles of the limited-edition release have been produced, with 360 bottles available in the US.
Nose: Crumbly Wensleydale cheese, dotted with cranberries, evolves into smoky bacon crisps. Next, delectable cherry liqueur and the heavy succulence of boiled Christmas pudding, just set aflame.
Palate: A mélange of juicy red grapes and smoldering wood chips, with just a touch of dried seaweed. Cherry tomatoes, left to confit in the oven a tad too long, and a smattering of hawthorn berries.
Finish: Salty and spicy notes remain – reminiscent of Tabasco sauce and smoked chipotle peppers. Echoes of berry tea and stewed plums linger on.
The Port Askaig range is imported into the US by ImpEx Beverages. Sam Filmus, President and Managing Director at ImpEx Beverages says: “Having worked with Elixir for many years and knowing the process of cask selection we have been blessed to have several very special casks that have come out in limited releases over the years. Many of these have achieved high praise from very well-respected reviewers around the world. Recently we had the privilege of having two exceptional 12-year-old expressions, one fully matured in Bourbon and the other a culmination of amazing Bourbon and Sherry casks. These two Port Askaig 12-year-old expressions are fantastic for special occasions and a true testament not only to the ability of Oliver Chilton to select amazing casks but his fine nose and taste to be able to pick these hidden gems from hundreds of casks he goes through when making selections for Port Askaig 8-year-old and 110 Proof”.
Both Port Askaig 12-year-old Limited Editions are available from fine retailers throughout the US.
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About Elixir Distillers
Elixir Distillers is a creator, blender, and bottler of fine spirits seeking to combine aesthetically beautiful design with delicious, characterful spirits. Their expertise is primarily Scotch whisky, together with Rum, Irish, Japanese and American whiskies as well as Tequila. Their core brands include Port Askaig, Elements of Islay, Single Malts of Scotland and Black Tot which they export to more than 20 international markets. Every member of the Elixir Distillers team is a spirits enthusiast with immense product knowledge, looking to produce the world’s next great drink.
About ImpEx Beverages:
ImpEx Beverages imports Whisky, Gin, and Rum from Scotland, Belgium, Wales, Japan, and Israel with future anticipated additions of Mezcal and other Spirits from unexpected destinations. Regardless of your preference, you are sure to find something that pleases you from the ImpEx portfolio. Founded in 2008, ImpEx boasts an impressive portfolio, including some of the most notorious small to medium sized distilleries and independent bottlers.