Port Ellen

10th Release, 1978, 31 Years Old

ABV 54.6%
REVIEWED Issue 93
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Specifications
Brand: Port Ellen
Expression: 10th Release, 1978, 31 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 31 years old
Year of bottling: 2010
ABV: 54.6%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Firm and ozone fresh. Walking by the sea after a gale. Wet pebbles, and very sweet soft fruits. Smoke is there, but in the background.
Palate: Lightly oily with a sweet spot that manages to hold its own against wet dulse, a little creosote, crab shells, and (even with water) a wasabi like heat.
Finish: Medicinal.
Comment: Another evolution in the Port Ellen saga. Less austere but also less overtlysmoky. Fascinating.
8.1
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Smoky. Briny. A bonfire still steaming off after a summer shower. Bog myrtle. A fruity note. Juicy pears.
Palate: Dry and crisp at first. Then a sweet and smoky malty flavour. The alcohol bites. Kippers. Green olives. Water cuts the edges and gives it a thicker feel.
Finish: Medium, warm.
Comment: That whisky needs a dash of water as the alcohol tends to numb the tastebuds. But too much makes it cardboardy. Interesting but the palate is a bit harsh.
7.6
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Port Ellen (Closed 1983) Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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