Well here I find myself with another extinct distillery – Port Ellen. The legend of Port Ellen is quite large and there is a wealth of information about it in the whisky blogosphere. I really wouldn’t have much to add to it. So following the path of least resistance I won’t even try.
Independent bottler Scott’s Selection bottling of Port Ellen. Distilled in 1982 and bottled in 2003. Bottled at cask strength 56.4%ABV.
Color – Light gold
Nose – Peat, light smoke, BBQ’d oysters, apple cider, coastal brine and seaweed.
Palate – Oak, clean, surprisingly sweet at the front, then the peat and smoke starts to come out but not overly dominant, hints of citrus, mouth coating, the cask strength works well.
Finish – numbing with a nice malty sweetness on the way out with the peat smoke and ashes nicely framed in the background.
Nose – Opens up the oak and malt even more.
Palate – Really takes the alcohol edge off and rounds it out, licorice, oak is more dominant, but where did the peat and smoke go?
I really enjoyed this PE. It is more on the clean, straight forward peat and smoke side of things. Instead of the leather and tobacco flavor profile that I have tasted in PE before. I do prefer it neat though as I was really surprised how much the peat and smoke was muted with the water.