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…

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Dram Review: Port Ellen 17th Release 37 Years Old

[51.0%・37 Years Old・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 2988 Bottles] Nose: Light fruits and orange zest, the peat and oak together create quite a sophisticated depth, dry twigs and ink with this maritime seafood influence that comes with this attractive seaweed saltiness, almost like a fisherman’s wharf, or the pier at Oban.  The peat smoke is…

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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…

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Dram Review: Port Ellen 16th Release

[55.2%・37 Years Old・Distilled in 1978・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The heavy woody presence sets the scene, saphir renovateur along with a seaside influence as the seaweed breezes across.  It grows savoury with notes of smoked meat and dry cured bacon, whilst a fiery and oily undertone gradually develops in the background. Palate & Finish: A well balanced…

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Dram Review: Port Ellen 15th Release 32 Years Old

[53.9% • 32 Years Old • Distilled in 1983 • Bottled in 2015 • Limited Edition of 2,964 Bottles] The 15th rendition of the Port Ellen annual release has been aged for 32 years old, a staggeringly long period when you think of your usual Islay suspects. There exists a common consensus that a true Islay…

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Dram Review: SMWS 43.3 Port Ellen

[64.7% • 10 Years Old • Distilled in 1981 • Bottled in 1991 • SMWS Bottling • Single Cask Release] This is a vintage SMWS Port Ellen that was bottled all the way back in 1991. Nose: On the nose, apricot and honey, a touch of coastal breeze, very pleasant on the nose. Vanilla and…

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