Port Askaig, 25 year old, 45.8%

Price: $122.00 Issue: Fall 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

Still in the same vein as its 17 year old sibling reviewed above, but it's softer, mellower, with more wood impact (especially on the nose and back end of the palate) and tea leaves. Perhaps even some mild tobacco. Darker sugars in this one (molasses?) rather than honey, and more berried fruit along with the citrus, which struggles to reveal itself. Dry, resinous finish. An enjoyable dram, even if the wood outstays its welcome. But if you have to pick between the two expressions, go for the 17 year old and pocket the change with a smile on your face. Price:£75