Port Ellen Distillery (Closed 1983)
Reminded me of old Calvados. Oak tends to overwhelm fruit but a wee dash of water tones it down. Very unpeated for a Port Ellen!
23 Years Old
Nose: Fruity. A declension of apple fragrances. Cider, oven roasted apples with cinnamon. Apple blossom. All framed in burning applewood.
Palate: Firm, slightly tangy. Getting sweeter in time but oak keeps a spicy grip on the fruit.
Finish: Dry, spicy and almondy.
Comment: Reminded me of old Calvados. Oak tends to overwhelm fruit but a wee dash of water tones it down. Very unpeated for a Port Ellen!
Nose: Rich with ripe, red fruits. Some pear and Calvados notes. Pain au chocolate. Chocolate and caramel.
Palate: Sweet, then charcoal. Fresher with water.
Finish: Peppery. Charred. Becomes pleasantly astringent. Water reveals wood smoke.
Comment: A nose, rich in dessert character, is balanced by charcoal-like dryness.
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