Ah the much adored but extinct Port Ellen. The mythical whisky that many Islay lovers dream about having a well stocked cabinet of. Unfortunately we are jolted awake by the big ticket price tags that always accompany PE bottles. Several months ago our whisky tasting group was lucky enough to pull together a large enough crowd to pick up this PE for one of our events – and we were glad we did!
Color – Dark copper
Nose – Oh beautiful peat and smoke – but not overwhelming, dirty motor oil, rutty, a dark old cigar club with leather couches, seaweed, cinnamon rolls, a lot of things going on here.
Palate – Peat is nicely integrated and not over powering, damp furniture, varnish, nutty, touch of bitterness, tobacco leaves and oak
Finish – Holds well with some peat and old wood.
Comments: I wanted to sip on a little more to see if I could pick anything else up and the glass was empty. Man this is good stuff. Why does PE have to taste so good? This is a dark more brooding PE that is on the other end of the spectrum from the Scott’s Selection PE I tried earlier.