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.
10th Release, 1978, 31 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
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.
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.
Comment: Another evolution in the Port Ellen saga. Less austere but also less overtly\rsmoky. Fascinating.
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