M.R.J. wrote:May I ask how old was the 1979 OMC in years please?
I gather the OMC Port Ellens are quite good.
M.R.J. wrote:Hello Frodo,
Thank you for taking part in this discussion. Perhaps to link this to collecting better, I am wondering which would be a more collectible P-E, the Douglas Laing Platinum selection bottling, or one of the OB releases in the opinion of forum readers? One is limited to few hundreds of bottles, but the other is OB.
It depends on the availablity of the OB but in general OB's are far more collectable than IB's you just might have to wait a bit longer especially when you are talking about a closed distillery as every release is seen as limited. However the platinum series seem to fetch good prices after a few years when they are all sold out. I would plumb for the OB myself.
Anyway you should be collecting both
Nose 24p: This is prime PE: absolutely perfectly balanced peat, offering a mild sweetness that just sings with the oak-induced vanilla and sprig of lavender.
Taste 23p: Very few 25-year-olds can be so delicate on the palate; the peat, like the underlying barley is fragile yet the building medium roast Java coffee cannot dislodge it
Finish 23p: Lengthy, with a delicate sprinkling of Muscovado sugar helping to counter the formulating liquorice and strengthening coffee.
Overall balance and complexity 25p: One of those great whiskies you search for and rarely find. It has captured the gentle magnificence of PE that very few bottlings, not least because of a later downgrade in cask quality, are ever ever likely to again.
Total points: 95
kildalton wrote:Anyone's ever tried port ellen old malt cask 1976 25 y.o?
I've the choice to buy it but I don't know anything about the way it might taste...
M.R.J. wrote:Out of the official "releases" of Port Ellen I've heard it being mentioned that the 1st and 4th are considered best in taste (all are quite collectable I gather).