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Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:14 am

Good evening Wave.
Have a nice tasting. :thumbsup:

Taking a break of the PE for a bit. Having some Scotch Blue for the moment.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:29 am

Port Ellen 18yo 1983 Scott's Selection 55.5% ABV

Glass: Glencairn
Added Water: None. Earlier tastings proved that this malt is best tasted in it's natural state.

Nose Molasses and prunes wallowing in a peaty bonfire
Palate Thickly sweet coal tar coats your mouth. Dried fruits like apricots and raisons in the background
Finish: Long, peaty and chewy with sweet sherry overtones

It doesn't mention what cask type was used but it's pretty evident that it was at least a refill sherry cask as the whisky is a deep gold with a tinge of redness in color One of my favorite Port Ellen's I've tasted in a while.

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:31 am

Cheers Willie and Mikeymad! :thumbsup:
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:58 am

On to an across the Atlantic favorite tonight...
Port Ellen 25yo Bladnoch Bottling cask #2036

Glassware: Glencairn
Water added: Dash of spring water

Nose: Tons of peat and smoke. Ardbeg? Water brings out some citrus like oranges and lemons. The smoke almost makes your eyes water!
Palate Not quite as mouth coating as the 18yo Scott's but still a nice creamy texture. Tons of sweet peat and smoke. Chocolate fudge.
Finish A long slowly drying smoky sweetnes.

Wow, no wonder others have given this high marks! Very nice!

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:35 am

Good Evening Everyone!

Nice note on the Bladnoch bottling Wave, sounds like a good one. I'll be reading thru some notes, then starting right in.

:D :D :D
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:37 am

Port Ellen 22yo 1983 Old Malt Cask
Refill Hogshead Cask #2119
Distilled: March 1983
Bottled: November 2005

Glassware: Glencairn
Water Added: None

Nose: Milk chocolate and whiffs of smoke
Palate: Smooth and lightly peated, some sea salt
Finish: A medium length salt and pepper finish with a smoky background. Quite warming.

Not one of my favorite PE's though not bad. If I had a chance to buy another I probably wouldn't.

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:40 am

My lineup looks like this for the evening....lots of samples, plus a few bottles of my own.

Port Ellen 19yo ( 43%, Provenance, 1982-2001 ) (Nick)
Port Ellen 22yo 1979 ( 43%, Signatory Vintage, 8.28.79/6.25.02, Refill Sherry Butt Cask #5537, 53/768 )
Port Ellen 23yo 1982 ( 46%, Provenance, April 82-May2006 in box ) (Mikeymad)
Port Ellen 25yo ( 46%, Berry's Own, 1982/2007, Cask #2469 ) (Ras)
Port Ellen 25yo 1979 ( 50%, Old Malt Cask, 1979/2005, n/182 bottles )
Port Ellen 1982/2007 (51.5%, DDC, Cask #1144, 294 bottles, Royal Mile Whiskies 10th Anniversary bottling) (Stuart)
Port Ellen 24yo 1979/2003 3rd Release (57.3%, OB, 9000 bottles) (Stuart)
Port Ellen 28yo 1979 ( 53.8%, Original Bottling, 7th Annual Release, 1979/2007, 0170/5274 )
Port Ellen 22yo 1982/2004 ( 61.1%, Douglas Laing - OMC for PLOWED, Sherry cask #748, 264 bottles ) (The local PLOWED Dr)

Thanks again to everyone for the samples!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:44 am

Good evening r-guy! Nice lit'le list of Ellen's!

Cheers!
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:58 am

Port Ellen 19yo ( 43%, Provenance, 1982-2001 )

SMWS Glass

N: Ocean air, some saltiness, a bit of light fruits (pears?)
P: This is an easy drinker, a tad oily, definitely lemon present and some salt
F: Medium finish, with a tad of the wood smoke coming through. Enjoyable and light, really easy to drink at this strength.

Thanks again Nick (C57)!

After a second try of this one, i'm actually getting a hint of smoke on the nose as well.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:13 am

Time for another freshly opened newbie :mrgreen:
Port Ellen 25yo 1982 Signatory Vintage 58% ABV
Sherry Butt -Cask #2844
Distilled: 11/11/1982
Bottled: 30/11/2007

Glassware: Glencairn
Water Added: None

Nose: Heavy sherry and lots of smoke, a slight whiiff of sulphur
Palate: Creamy sherry and peat intertwine well, some smoky oaken embers.
Finish Long, sweet and peaty, some vanilla and salt in the distant finish. Powerful.

This is my first 1st fill sherry casked Port Ellen and I must say it's a real dandy!
Best of all it's still available.

Bonus! Nice sweet peaty burp. :P
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:28 am

Port Ellen 22yo 1979 ( 43%, Signatory Vintage, 8.28.79/6.25.02, Refill Sherry Butt Cask #5537, 53/768 )

SMWS Glass

N: Citrus, lemons, with a hint of bbque smoke
P: Somewhat oily, tons of lemons and a little pepper towards the front of the palate
F: The wood influence is showing, with more lemons hanging out, and a bit more of light spice.

Very easy to drink, not overpowering by any means, but enjoyable.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:42 am

Port Ellen 23yo 1982 ( 46%, Provenance, April 82-May2006 in box )

SMWS Glass

N: A fair bit of malt, with iodine, and salty ocean air and some wood smoke.
P: Oh yeah, now we're talking! Very oily, with some peat, charcoal and light citrus fruits.
F: The finish is medium to long here, very pleasant. More peat showing and the oily feel just lasts and lasts.

Thanks again Mikeymad! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:52 am

I've got one more to taste before going back for seconds, so up now is...
Port Ellen 23yo 1979 Signatory Vintage 56.3% ABV
Refill Sherry Butt -Cask #6774
Distilled: 16/11/1979
Bottled: 24/10/2003

Glassware: Glencairn
Water Added: None

Nose: Dried fruits and coal tar. Peat smoke oozes from the glass
Palate: Sweet peat and slightly sherried with Bing cherry's and plums
Finish: Moderate length. Spicy sweet with slowly dying, drying smoke

A very good PE but not my favorite, not as creamy as I've come to know and love some of the PE's I've had tohight and in the past. I'm really becoming to love sherry and refill sherry casks of Port Ellen over bourbon casked, it seems to add an extra dimension to the already late great Islay!

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:56 am

Port Ellen 25yo ( 46%, Berry's Own, 1982/2007, Cask #2469 )

SMWS Glass

N: WOW! Lots of peat, this is like smelling ashes from the woodstove, with some salt in the background.
P: Very nice and sweet, really drinkable with candied fruits and some of the smoke showing again.
F: Very balanced and medium to long finish.This PE has everything, very very good example here.

Thanks again Ras! :smoke:
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:14 am

Port Ellen 1982/2007 (51.5%, DDC, Cask #1144, 294 bottles, Royal Mile Whiskies 10th Anniversary bottling)

SMWS Glass

N: Nice on the nose, filled with salty ocean air, definitely reminds me of a trip to the beach.
P: Lots of citrus fruits (mostly lemons) to start, then some wood and a whisp of smoke. Becomes sweeter after you get past the original sour start, this is very interesting.
F: Very long finish, much different from other PE's I've had.

Thanks again Stuart!! :D :D
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:20 am

Cheers Nick!! :D :D :D :D

I hope everything is ok with your wife Dawn.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:24 am

Going back for some seconds....

Port Ellen 25yo 1982 Signatory Vintage 58% ABV
Sherry Butt -Cask #2844
Distilled: 11/11/1982
Bottled: 30/11/2007

Glassware: Glencairn
Water Added: several drops of spring water

Nose: Still loads of sherry and smoke, coal tar. Sulphur is gone
Palate: Coal tar, creamy sweet sherry and bonfires of peat smoke even some sulphur undertones like that of unstruck matchs, very pleasant actually. This one has it all!
Finish: Even with the added water it's still very powerful and warming with a long sweet and peaty finish.


Cheers!
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Wave » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:27 am

Hope everything turns out fine for the missus Nick

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:29 am

Nick:
I hope that Dawn recovers quickly. Please pass on our concerns and warmest wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:30 am

Good Night Nick,

I hope everything works out well with Dawn and that she is doing better very soon!
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:31 am

Goodnite Nick.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:37 am

Port Ellen 24yo 1979/2003 3rd Release (57.3%, OB, 9000 bottles)

SMWS Glass

N: One the nose it's a bit feisty, some lemon and it's all very earthy.
P: Starts sweet with some pepper, then gets really hot quickly.
F: It gets a little dry, with the wood showing some, then it's long with some salt and it gets really spicy.

Thanks again to Stuart for this sample! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:51 am

Good evening, gents! Sorry that I'm so late. I'm in the process of moving my store; I had hoped to log on earlier. As such, I have been draining bottles and not opening new ones for a time. Sadly, I am down to one open PE bottle, but it is a fine one: A Scott's 1983 bottled in 1997 @56.9%. Will pour a dram and toast all who logged on today. Great PE bottlings and wonderful tasting notes by all. Slainte!

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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:00 am

Port Ellen 22yo 1982/2004 ( 61.1%, Douglas Laing - OMC for PLOWED, Sherry cask #748, 264 bottles )

SMWS Glass

N: Very big on the nose, definitely noticing the sherry influence here, it's really sweet with also a hint of sea salt.
P: More of the sherry that I found on the nose, very sweet and nice. It actually get sweeter as you go with some burnt sugar.
F: The burnt but sweet taste is lasting; it's easily one I could chew on all night long.

Very nice dram here! Many thanks to a very generous PLOWEDster in Maine for this sample!!
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:03 am

Cheers S'tan! Looking forward to your notes. I hope all is well in the moving process. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:25 am

Port Ellen 28yo 1979 ( 53.8%, Original Bottling, 7th Annual Release, 1979/2007, 0170/5274 )

SMWS Glass

N. Briny, with ocean-maritime notes, lots of peat
P. It's oily and is a little sweet to start, something hits the palate immediately that I just can't pinpoint, then some pepper with citrus fruits.
F.Long finish, some peat, spices and wood smoke too
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ryguy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:55 am

Port Ellen 25yo 1979 ( 50%, Old Malt Cask, 1979/2005, n/182 bottles )

SMWS Glass

N: Salty ocean air, seaweed and some peat
P: Somewhat oily and sweet with citrus fruits around as well
F: Even sweeter on the finish with some peat coming through towards the very end.

It's funny actually, when I first opened these 2 bottles (PE 7AR and this one) I preferred this one. But over time they have both changed and now I actually prefer the 7AR. The complexity has held up very well on the 7th Release, and this bottle has seemed to dull out a bit over time (it's still a good one, but not what it was when I first opened it).
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby TheTross » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:45 pm

Wish I could have taken part more last night, sounds like you all had a good time!

As promised, I'll be posting some more notes a little later. Doubt I'll get through all the remaining samples today, so I'll concentrate on the ones that were sent to me.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby TheTross » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:59 pm

Port Ellen 10yo (43%, Signatory Scottish Wildlife)

Nose: Soft. Fresh, briny and sweet. Mild peat, soot and ground white pepper. Lots of fruit - yes, including lemon. A tiny amount of coal smoke develops after time in the glass.

Palate: Gently fizzy. A little salt, pepper and peat, but it's the exotic fruit that stands out again. Also quite watery, with just a hint of smoke appearing towards the end.

Finish: Sweet smoke and lightly briny water. Fruity again, with faint peppery notes. The smoke lingers for a long time!


A surprisingly gentle and fruity PE. I liked this one a lot! Thanks to Willie and SOI for the sample!
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby TheTross » Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:05 pm

Port Ellen 25yo 1979 (50%, OMC)

Nose: Fresh, and incredibly sweet initially with lots of marzipan and icing immediately present. A sprinkling of ground black peppercorns, with sweet woodsmoke drifting in and out. A faint brininess in the background. Very lightly peated and soft notes of red fruit, dark chocolate and mint.

Palate: A little dark chocolate and vague hints of coffee. Quite briny and spicy, with just hints of peat. Citrus fruit (mainly lemon).

Finish: Minty and fruity, with a touch of smoke. The mint sticks around a while, in the form of mentholated rub (Vicks etc), with lemon and a little peat developing at the end.

I found the palate to be quite quiet and hard to describe, which is a shame because the nose was almost perfect! Many thanks to ryguy for the sample (that I'd had for several months...).
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby TreacleSponge » Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:50 pm

I've just read through all the notes. There are some great descriptions. Do you think this live tasting showed the most varied combinations of aromas/flavours of the ones we've had so far?

Hope Dawn's much better today, C57.
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Re: Port Ellen Tasting - October 4th - 7 PM

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:07 pm

Good to hear she's feeling better.

Don't forget to open that HP12 in time so it can breathe. :)
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