Brand
Port Ellen
Age
34 years old
Expression
1978/2013 13th Release
Whisky type
Single Malt
Distillery
Port Ellen Distillery
Origin
Islay, Scotland
Year distilled
1978
Year launched/bottled
2013
Limited edition
2,958 bottles
ABV.
55.00%
Source
Diageo
In collection

Review by Port Ellen

Colour

A clear amber, like antique gold in sunlight. Dense beading, suggesting rich texture.

Nose

Cautious and clean at first, with hints of dark toffee wrapped in wood smoke, then cooling oil of eucalyptus and a trace of bruised apple fruit. The wood smoke parts to reveal a savoury, meaty scent, then sweet honey, toasted cereals and a whole artist’s studio of oils. With water, it starts smoky (like vegetables on a barbecue) the underlying oiliness now punctuated by hints of lime.

Palate

Stunning. Caution is thrown to the winds as sweet and intense smoke races across the palate chased by fresh lemons, lemon zest and butter. This rich, fruity smoky-sweetness becomes tongue-coating, smooth dark chocolate enveloped in exquisite wood smoke. It drinks very well straight and when the attack slows, there’s yet more honey, lemon and a sprinkling of sea salt. If water is added it is smooth, lightly oily, much sweeter now and more accessible: still some salt, with a new spicy tingle.

Finish

Long, coating, intense and sustained, all pervading scented smoke, hints of mint and bergamot, then finally dense and savoury, with an aftertaste suggesting cloves.

Source: Diageo