Port Ellen Distillery (Closed 1983)
A rather pleasant dram but a paler version of Port Ellen.
Year of Bottling
Nose: Faint sea echo. Distant peat. Sea-scallop. Vanilla. Custard. Orange sherbet. Touch of lavender.
Palate: Light, sweet and gentle. Maltier, then marine.
Finish: Warm, dry, open-hearted. Water brings back peaty flavour.
Comment: A rather pleasant dram but a paler version of Port Ellen.
Nose: Lean, green olive/sap with a belch of kiln smoke behind. Water shows immense smokiness: tarry ropes, sea thrift, fishermen's jumpers and a little burst of citrus.
Palate: Direct, dry. More of the kiln than the seashore. Oily.
Finish: Smoky, dry.
Comment: The smokier of the two, but doesn't have the roundness and complexity of the '78.
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