Port Ellen Distillery (Closed 1983)
Port Ellen had such a distinctive character. This seems to be one of the less robust bottlings, yet has some character.
Old Malt Cask
1979, Aged 21 Years, Sherry Cask
Nose: Clean, appetising smokiness and seaweed.
Palate: Oily, olivey. Bay leaves. A hint of cedar, but a bit empty.
Finish: Very distinctive. Flowery. Leafy, aromatic, smooth, soothing.
Comment: Port Ellen had such a distinctive character. This seems to be one of the less robust bottlings, yet has some character.
Nose: Seaweed/high water mark notes with pipe smoke, tar and hessian mixed with sherried notes.
Palate: Rich, big and silky. Quite sherried, mixing winey flavours with a rich Islay character.
Finish: As much happens after you've swallowed as goes on in the mouth.
Comment: Classic depth but like all Port Ellen it needs time to open.
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