Rare Malts Selection

Port Ellen

20 Years Old

ABV 60.9%
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Brand: Port Ellen, Rare Malts Selection
Expression: 20 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 20 years old
ABV: 60.9%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Editor's Choice
Issue 5
Tasting notes
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Surprisingly light for a big Islay. The peat is delicate, nothing like as seaweedy or intense as the other Islay malts from the south-eastern shore. Briny, malty.
Palate: Contrary to the nose, the peat arrives by the wheelbarrow-full. Sweet and heathery with gentle spice.
Finish: This trademark clean but dusty maltiness of Port Ellen. Very, very long.
Comment: This particular distillation seems actually to have exceeded the 35 ppm phenols that were the norm for Port Ellen. A stunningly peaty dram; an absolute must for Islayphiles.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Appetising. Bay trees. Seaweed.
Palate: Lightly oily. Fruity olive oil. Parsley. Edible seaweed.
Finish: Salty. Smoky. Oaky. Extremely peppery.
Comment: Bring on the caeser salad.
Visit the distillery
Port Ellen (Closed 1983) Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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