Port Ellen "11th Release - 32 Years Old" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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The soft and delicate nose, as is almost always the case with Port Ellen, is given a strong counterpoint with how much oomph is packed into the palate. This isn’t so much an imbalance as it is a contrast that shows the inherent beauty in each separate facet and the stunning whole they achieve together. At 32 years old (1979 distillate, bottled in 2011) this one still has a lot of vibrancy in it. Hopefully we’re not approaching the end of these remarkable old malts. I’m dying to know what a 40 or 50 year old Port Ellen tastes like. Perhaps that’s my grail malt.

A gorgeous nose. Grassy. Roman nougat. Oceanic winds. Lemon meringue pie. Lime. Earthy and smoky. Pastry notes. Smells like Gramma’s pantry. Subtle and appealing farminess. Chocolate. Cranberry scones. On the palate, Peat and ash dominate with smoked oysters and lemon. Lemon zest too. Salty burnt seafood. Licorice. Over-steeped tea (in the manner it dries along the sides of the mouth and tongue. Fruit skins. Strong oaky back end seems very much in line with what I’d expected. Sublime older Port Ellen. One of the best I’ve ever tried. (All Things Whisky)

Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst some of the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site.