Thanks very much to all that sent me samples! One or two of them date back quite a while but have come in handy for the tasting...
In other news, I'm now not going to Wales. The event's probably going to be cancelled due to part of the route having been flooded thanks to torrential rain, so we're not risking a four-hour round trip to see a whole lot of nothing. That means there's a chance I'll be available for the entire tasting! However, there's now also a chance I'll be out all night with a couple of mates, but I'm still waiting to hear about that. And because I've no idea what's going on anymore I'm not going to start the tasting early as I had hoped to do. Why is nothing simple?!
PE 1982-2001 Mc Gibbons 19y.o. (coutesy of Collector 57)
Nose: dark orange chocolate, caramelized nuts, phenols, peat Taste: base (alkali), iodine, smoked tea (pu erh), rather soft Finish: leather, peat, medium lenght conclusion: An interesting PE that finallly reveals his origin clearly at the finish. Would have been even better with a little more power I guess.
PE Signatory Scottish Wildlife 10 y.o. N:Iodine, peat, celp, metallic, freshly broken boughs T:fruit acid, metallic, youthful power, peatsmoke, bittern F:acidic, assam tea, peat C: Dryer than I suspected. For me it plays in the same league as the 10 y.o. Laphroaig or the 12 y.o. Caol Ila. I read that they decided to close PE because they thought that it was inferior to CI for it's significantly slower maturation. This expression deosn't confirm that reason.
Port Ellen 1982/2007 (46%, Berry's Own Selection, Cask #2469)
Nose: Mild peat and pepper. Quite medicinal - iodine and antiseptic cream. Lemon and hints of plums and vanilla. Some soot. Gently smoked peppered fish (kippers?). Becomes quite creamy when left to breathe a little, and I don't know how or why but I can detect hints of those strawberry-flavoured Campino sweets here!
Palate: A bit more peaty than on the nose, with quite a bit of smoke. Gently peppery. Citrussy, mainly lemon. Mildly medicinal here too, largely on iodine.
Finish: Coal smoke and very soft peat. Also a touch peppery and creamy. Becomes lemony and after a short while, with the smoke lingering. Smoked lemons???
I find this to be very elegant, with the usual peat and pepper toned down a little to allow the fruitier side to come through. Lovely whisky! Thanks very much for the sample Ras!
Evening all, sorry I'm late (as usual). Many thanks to all who have sent me samples - I will recognise each kind sender individually throughout the evening. Enough to say I felt like a kid at Christmas/Birthday time opening all the lovely packages today. Here's to a great evening, one and all.
N: sherry, leomon, hints of burnt matches T:fruity, sherry sweetness, bittersweet, tobacco, rather light peat F: bittersweet, leathery peat, medium lenght C:Less peaty with sherry influence and a "touch of lemon". A Port Ellen for the summer?
Evening all ! Thought i might as well drop in , have dug out some PE's for later (though i have to say i'm not the biggest PE fan....i'm in the blending fodder club but less of that...) . Starting off with a beer though , a rather nice Saligo all from the two Pauls at Islay Ales .
PE 10 Yo Signatory Scottish Wildlife 43% (Thank you to Spirit of Islay)
Nosing glass (from Highland Park distillery). I raise my glass to friends in Kirkwall and all on the forum obviously.
Nose Peat, woodyness, touch of fruit, Taste Peat, lemon, touch of dry wood, slightly hot and metallic, lively and young (like a boisterous 10 yo) Finish Fades gently and lingers for a while (with the taste filtering through) Comment Very interesting to try a 10yo whisky from a distillery which closed in 1983 - this must be rare.
You're lucky in the fact that i was originally putting the young PE into a tasting i done at Ardbeg in 2005 but pulled it when i opened it to write tasting notes as it stunk to high heaven ! I still find a slightly off note in it and a few other PE's , if it's not an off note it's something i don't like in PE's .
Signatory Scottish Wildlife Port Ellen 10yo 43%
N: Very weak with that damn off note, slight peat and very subdued Iodine . P: I can see why you compare this with the CI 12yo , again everything seems subdued compared to it's Islay Brothers . Peat , iodine but none of the wonderful germolene of the CI . F:Not very long and slight sweet peat . C:Still stand by my original comment on tasting this , i can see why it was shut down in favour of Laga and CI.....
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My last tasting today. Will be back tomorrow to do the rest...
Port Ellen 19yo 1982/2001 (43%, McGibbons Provenance)
Nose: Some interesting off-notes initially that (thankfully) soon develop into dark, lightly spiced (cinnamon?) orange chocolate. Almost no peat or smoke at first, but this comes through a little with time. Lemon juice. A touch peppery. Some caramel notes and perhaps a little farmy. Maybe even a touch yeasty.
Palate: Gentle and lightly phenolic. Powdered dark chocolate and citrus fruit. Hints of manure. Becomes quite drying. Traces of iodine.
Finish: Surprisingly fruity (citrus), with the trademark smoke and pepper appearing shortly after. Smoked fish makes a brief appearance, with caramel, soft peat and rather bizarrely, milk replacing it. Slightly medicinal and smoky (burnt tyre smoke) towards the end.
I found this to be quite a strange PE, but the longer it spent in the glass the better it became. Thanks for the sample Nick!
McGibbons Provenance 1981 18yo 43% Forgot i had this one and going off the colour it's from Sherry Casks..... N: Not a bad nose , no sherry nasties , spices , dried fruits , Christmas cake , a whiff of peat smoke..... P: Very smooth on the palate , not overly sherried , again a touch of peat / smoke in amongst all the stuff associated with sherry . F:Nice medium sherry finish . C:Seeing i bought this in 2000 / 2001 when i was going through my i don't like sherried whisky phase i can see why i put it away , a very nice easy drinking whisky .
N:Very Citric ( Lemon ) , touch iodine . P: Very fudgy ! green fruits.....Hang on am i tasting a Bruichladdich ? F:longish citric . C:Really Weird PE , kind of lowlanderish/Bruichladdichish . Strange.....
Port Ellen 24yo: Dewar Rattray Cask Collection, sherry cask 1982 58.2%
Nose: Creosoted wood at a sea harbour, tealeaves, toffee sweetness, raisin chocolate, plums, cinnamon. Palate: Immediately that sweet toffee, followed by leather and then the peat comes through. Finish: Looooong. Waves of sweetness and seaside.
This has a strong colour, presumably from the sherry cask which has added lovely balanced sweetness without going off on an orange tangent that sherry sometimes does. I love the nose on this.
N:That off putting smell is there , fudge (again!) , lemon drizzle cake (Huh!) slight iodine . . P:Much better on the palate , the nicest iodine i've had yet . F: long , citric and slight peat. C: Probably the best PE of the night so far , toss up between this and the Provenance , still an average drinking malt though.
N: This is much better , is that Chocolate ? fresh apples , ozone . P: Wow , pepper ! Iodine , slightly spicy , fills the mouth ! F: Lovely long peppery finish . C: This has been top of my PE pops for a long time , definitely in my top 3 , now if only all PE's were like this.....
I only have the one open at the moment, so here goes...
Port Ellen 1979 3rd release. Bottled 2003. 57.3%
Nose High peat levels with pleanty of cereal character. Engine oil/carbolic phenols. Big sea-air freshness. As it opens heather honey, red fruits/berries, almond nuttiness and swirling orange oils on top. With water - Aromatherapy essential oils with white pepper.
Taste Oranges, peat, alcohol, white pepper, quite sweet. With water - More pepper and oranges and peat. Sea-air, then goes to a bitter dark chocolate.
Finish Gentle oak shows up. Plump sultana and cocoa. Then seaweed, cashews and orange/lemon juice.Delicate peat smoke curls. With water - Orange zest and a little pith and tumbling threads of honey. Slight figginess, then nutiness comes through but under a rolling peaty tide.
Overall, an exercise in swirling oily subtlety; hues rather than explicit notes. I'd love an aromatherapy massage if it smelt like this!
Port Ellen 22 y.o. Jack Wiebers Gentle Noses 1982/2005 62,2% N:cherry jam, liquorice, peatsmoke, antiseptic P:sweet, black tea, good suphur, iodine, very compact F:sherry, tea, peat, very long C: This one is amazing. If you like your malt peated and sherried, you have to find this one (my sample of this is empty now )
Didn't think I could be in on this one but last minute plans saw Mrs Jolly Toper going out for the night but left me with irresistable curry, cheesecake and red wine so my palate is exhausted. However much gratitude to Willy (and so Gordon) for 10yo. A bit of a quest of mine is to try young expressions of closed distilleries.
Tried it last night but can't find the men's urinals pong (ladies urinals would be too much altogether) I got then. As I won't be able to taste it I'll just nose for the next 10 mins. Sea air and quite a bit water too.