Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Port Ellen 16 Years Old Distilled 1970

[40%・16 Years Old・Distilled in 1970・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

What a stately experience, the iodine is non-invasive, instead it subtly tugs the wood in.  The medicinal note has become quite mellow now with traces of green fruits being politely held back.  The peat fares a bit powdery but is complimented by a delicate floral note.  As time passes one would find the toffee is now caressing the fruits and it feels even more lovely.

Palate & Finish:

A lucid arriving of ginger, lemon and vanilla on the palate before the ripe fruits come oozing out, plenty of OBE it would appear.  The gentle mouthfeel grows gentler as honey and egg custard fill the mid-palate with a fine layer of peat lays the foundation, towards the back palate more sub-tropical fruits faintly seeps out.

The gem finishes with wee traces of more ginger and cinnamon, alongside light fruits with the peat faintly but tenderly but gradually consuming the rest.

Thoughts:

I really like PE with this sort of specs, a lot younger than what we are used to nowadays but so optimal in some ways.  This is structurally exceptional and incredibly moreish, poetic peat and alluring fruits..

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas