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Port Ellen 30 YO 9th Release

Whisky
Single Malt Whisky
Islay,
Scotland
700ml
57.7% Alcohol content

Distillery

This legendary former Islay distillery is no longer in production and releases are becoming more and more rare. Port Ellen is a versatile malt, with considerable differences of style evident between different bottlings. Some sherry-casked Port Ellen can be beautifully rich, spicy, sweet and leathery; bourbon and refill casks often show a more austere, peppery medium-weighted style. Common characteristics, though, are a high level of peatiness and, in the best examples, a phenomenal complexity which Islay fans adore. For these reasons Port Ellen has become one of the most sought-after of the lost distilleries by collectors, investors and aficionados.

Tasting Notes

Nose: seems a bit more modest than most previous bottlings. The peat influence is rather soft and the grist is coated in a honeyed sweetness. Dried fruits and pears. More medicinal notes than other official PE’s. Slightly mentholated. Lemons and a touch of vanilla. Apples.

 

Palate: coating mouth-feel, sweet delivery with a coal smoke centre. Soon the spices kick in (pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg). Hints of salty liquorice. Powerful and balanced.

 

Finish: long, still quite sweet, fading on smoke, spices and liquorice.

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