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Port Ellen 1979 32 Year Old 11th Release 53.9% 70cl

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Port Ellen 1979 32 Year Old 11th Release

One of the world's most sought after whiskies. With just under 3000 bottles worldwide this rare bottling went very fast when originally released. In 2011 this bottle joined the annual releases of what remains of Port Ellen stocks. Since the distillery was demolished, bottlings have become increasingly limited; a reminder with each edition that the end of Port Ellen is looming.

Official Tasting Notes

Appearance: Golden clear honey. Good beading for its age.

Nose: Mild nose-prickle, crisp and mouth-watering. Sweet, buttery, smoky and savoury (warm croissant with honey, a wood-burning stove briefly open). Dense, in time showing barley sugar and caramel sweets above a light charred note (wet sand and crushed charcoal) that at last reveals the place of origin. A little water increases the charred note, now faintly smoky, then indulgent marzipan or toffee notes grow, yielding lemon zest, cloves and rich vanilla.

Body: Medium.

Palate: Smooth, chewy, and sweet overall. Cooling and slow, with clean, fresh summer fruits and waxy, creamy biscuits. Later, chewy, with rich fruit-cake. When water is added, still oily, full-bodied and deeply characterful: sweet, with a trace of salt. Pine resin cavorts with honey and light eucalyptus before a faint backdrop of tropical fruitiness.

Finish: Long, warming, smooth and sweetish (Pecan nuts) then lightly astringent, before billows of ‘welcome home’ coal-smoke and late charred notes. Water softens the smoke and introduces elegant, late tannins and tartness.

NamePort Ellen 1979 32 Year Old 11th Release
Age32 Year Old
Alc Vol53.9%
Listed InScotch Whisky Islay Whisky Single Malt Whisky Port Ellen Whisky
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