Port Ellen Distillery (Closed 1983)
Complex stuff going on here. A really rewarding Port Ellen.
Aged 24 Years
Year of Bottling
Nose: An immediate and huge hit of phenols combined with rich fruit cake. Dubbin and peat oil. Cocoa powder with water there's a hint of petrol and saltiness.
Palate: Eruption of smoke just held in check by crisp oakiness. The peat then wriggles back like a smoked eel bringing with it a gentle fruit.
Finish: Salty. Yes SALTY!
Comment: Complex stuff going on here. A really rewarding Port Ellen.
Nose: A combination of baked pear and pineapple fruitiness, with old and complex phenols rumbling beneath. More apparent with water, with tinned fish and some smoked meat. Lemon biscuits.
Palate: Fruit syrup, raisins and a little sulphur. Phenolic too, with dentist's mouthwash and a little of that canned brine. Some dry oak.
Finish: Salty and drying.
Comment: Confidentially and quietly smoky, this is a lovely example of this elegant old Islay.
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