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Port Ellen 1978 35 Year Old 14th Release 56.5% 70cl

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Port Ellen 1978 35 Year Old 14th Release

Port Ellen is considered by many to be one of the most complex whiskies that Scotland has ever produced. Sadly the distillery has closed, so each year there is a limited release of this high quality single malt. This is a 35 year old, and is limited to 2964 bottles. It was launched in 2014.

Official Tasting Notes

Nose: Sophisticated and understated; dry overall, opening with distant faint smoke, before a wave of familiar sweet and smoky notes, among which hessian and warm wood are all that suggest great age. The distant smoke soon grows closer and more fragrant, while above it drift pleasing sweet aromas of honey-cured smoked meats or root vegetables. Sweet mint, sharp citrus and winey notes also rise. With a bit of time, dark cocoa, vanilla and more wood smoke come to the fore. With water there is more sweet notes, a dash more savoury notes and a fruitiness.

Palate: Immediate and lively! At first, rich and honeyed, with the sweetness perfectly balanced by maritime salt as if to suggest sweet seaweed. Then, unexpected notes of citrus and ginger burst like lime and ginger marmalade on wholemeal toast. In turn, this sunny edge is clouded by sweet smoke, rising against a velvety backdrop of dark chocolate. The rich character remains in essence unchanged when reduced with water; still warming, the citrus becomes orange oil, with ginger and modest smoke. The finish is very long and warming, with crisp ginger and citrus, followed by fresh menthol clean notes that rise against the back drop of drying oaky wood smoke.

NamePort Ellen 1978 35 Year Old 14th Release
Alc Vol56.5%
Listed InScotch Whisky Islay Whisky Single Malt Whisky Port Ellen Whisky
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