Rare Malts Selection

Port Ellen

1978, 20 Years Old

ABV 60.9%
REVIEWED Issue 6
Specifications
Brand: Port Ellen, Rare Malts Selection
Expression: 1978, 20 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 20 years old
ABV: 60.9%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Awards
Recommended
Issue 6
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Port Ellen (Closed 1983) Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: A crisp, lively nose with gentle spice to the peat-reek. Salty and nutty, chunky iodine, ripe pears.
Palate: Explosive stuff with heavy, chewy peat. Nothing like as complex as the nose but the vanilla does offer a calming diversion.
Finish: Good age with intense vanilla lingering on a higher layer than the deeper, yet sweeter peat.
Comment: This is a very big whisky which has withstood the test of time. Top rate and memorable.
9.0
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Appetising. Bay trees. Seaweed.
Palate: Fruity olive oil. Parsley. Edible seaweed.
Finish: Salty. Smoky. Oaky. Extremely peppery.
Comment: An expressive, arousing, version of this fine malt.
8.5
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