Dram Review: Port Ellen Distilled in 1979 Aged 22 Years (1st Release)

[56.2%・22 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 2001・Original Bottling・Limited Release of 6000 Bottles]

Nose:

Lemon meringue and barley sugar channeling through light caramel, the peat comes in rather politely.  The spirit conveys the grassy and malty notes well with the iodine becoming more intensive in time.

Palate & Finish:

Salted caramel and apricots on an oily palate with the peat hitting early as a welcomed surprise.  Pepper and tar with the peat being more smoky than sooty with the dry smoke wrapping around the lingering but diminishing barley sweetness.

A balanced finish as the peat smoke stretches on atop the wee sweetness.

Thoughts:

This is frankly just a superb PE.. there is this certain spirit rawness from a younger PE that is most appealing.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas