Port Ellen

39 Years Old

ABV 50.9%
REVIEWED Issue 162
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Brand: Port Ellen
Expression: 39 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 39 years old
ABV: 50.9%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 162
Tasting notes
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: The shoreline after the tide has gone out. Warm stones and a saline quality. Smoked undyed haddock. Apricots in brine. A little chilli spice and whisky laden oak.
Palate: The peat smoke takes time. First there’s liquorice, treacle toffee, gorse in bloom and hints of custard. Icing sugar, lemon marmalade and citrus running through.
Finish: Takes its time and slowly dries with aromatic spices and treacle toffee. Hints of pineapple too.
Comment: Venerable, velvety and lemon-scented loveliness. Give it the time it deserves.
Taster   Lyndsey Gray
Nose: Lemon meringue pie, blackcurrant jam, toasted brioche and chilli infused rock salt. White chocolate covered raisins, star anise, orange infused syrup, and sandalwood follow.
Palate: Sea salt stewed peppermint tea leaves, sage, torched orange peel and cauliflower cheese. An undertone of a distant wood smoke and seaweed.
Finish: A bitter and chalky consistency with herbaceous notes to finish off.
Comment: A packet of Sun Maid raisins and then some tobacco infused chocolates.
Visit the distillery
Port Ellen (Closed 1983) Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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