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.
I don’t drink a lot of grain whisky (that isn’t bourbon). The only ones that come to mind are Compass Box Asyla and Nikka Single Coffey Grain. The North of Scotland Distillery was shutdown in 1980 and dismantled/demolished in 1993. From what I have seen the trend has been to release very old expressions. This one was distilled in 1964 at 48.5%.
Color: Dark copper
Nose: Grain, grain and more grain – sweet. Straw, cinnamon and Christmas spices, kind of like walking into a Cost Plus.
Palate: The sweetness of the grain is in your face, slightly bitter notes come through, has a nice heat backbone that carries it.
Finish: Sweetness is still there, lingers on the front and sides of the tongue.
An interesting change from our regularly scheduled program of scotch whisky. I can drink it every once in awhile, but not something that I would turn to regularly.
Independent bottling of this lowland malt. Distilled in 1984, bottled in 2004 at 55.1%
Scott's Selection Bladnoch
C: light yellow/gold.
N: straw/hay, ginger ale, sweet lemon, sea sweat toffee.
P: Deliciously complex, cherry, citrus rind, toasted malt, soapy candy sugar, lemon, straw, the nose fairly represents the palate.
F: loooooong, tongue coating, complex.
Interesting lowland, it is subtle (typical lowland flavors) yet aggressive at the same time. The finish just keeps going. Great whisky!