Port Askaig 2001 Single Cask: Unpeated Islay malt whisky from a sherry cask

The label known for smoky Islay whisky presents in an unpeated variation

The German distributer Kirsch Whisky has presented a special Port Askaig Single Malt Whisky: With the Port Askaig 2001 Sherry Butt, fans of the Islay whisky label have the opportunity to get to know the Port Askaig Whisky from a non-smoky side. It’s a single cask and therefore a very limited edition, so you’ll probably have to be quick to get your hands on one of the 520 bottles.

The 17-year-old single cask release was bottled at 53.4% ABV, without coloring or chill-filtration. Distilled on October 5, 2001, the single malt was matured in a sherry butt. "A rich single malt with dense notes of fruit and spices, oily with a long, sweet-tart finish," the importer's announcement tells us.

The name of the distillery that produces the whisky for the Port Askaig label is not officially communicated, but it is described as the "northernmost distillery of the peat island". Therefore, the distillery name does not need to be explicitly mentioned and whisky fans now which one is meant – there are not so many in Port Askaig… And it is also no secret that this distillery, which is known for its peated whisky, also produces excellent unpeated whisky as well.

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