Port Ellen

1979, 25 Years Old, 5th Release

ABV 57.4%
REVIEWED Issue 57
Specifications
Brand: Port Ellen
Expression: 1979, 25 Years Old, 5th Release
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 25 years old
ABV: 57.4%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Editor's Choice
Issue 57
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Port Ellen (Closed 1983) Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Calm and understated. Faint phenols hover over modestly smoky, grainy base notes.
Palate: Exquisite fruity malt character. Clootie dumpling? Becomes sharper with water.
Finish: More indulgent than the nose would suggest, and only slightly smoky.
Comment: Beautifully composed. Focused. Elegant, mature structure belies the inherent strength of this malt.
9.3
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Peaty and spicy. Curry. Quite zesty. Créosote.
Palate: Smooth at first, gently flowing down. Gets spicier but keeps a delicate malty sweetness. Smokier than on the nose. Hint of thyme. Spices keep the word.
Finish: Dry, smoky. Liquorice root.
Comment: A very good balance between nose and palate. An island character with a pleasant earthy background.
7.8
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