Rare Malts Selection

Rare Malts Selection

Port Ellen Distillery (Closed 1983)

20 Years Old

ABV: 60.9%

Age: 20 Years Old

Style: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Region: Islay

Overall
Score

9.0

Tasting Notes

Nose

Surprisingly light for a big Islay. The peat is delicate, nothing like as seaweedy or intense as the other Islay malts from the south-eastern shore. Briny, malty.

Palate

Contrary to the nose, the peat arrives by the wheelbarrow-full. Sweet and heathery with gentle spice.

Finish

This trademark clean but dusty maltiness of Port Ellen. Very, very long.

Comment

This particular distillation seems actually to have exceeded the 35 ppm phenols that were the norm for Port Ellen. A stunningly peaty dram; an absolute must for Islayphiles.

Taster Score
9.5

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