Port Ellen "13th Release - 34 Years Old" Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Regular price $1,998.95

Nose: Syrup, wax and crushed seashells, chamois leather and touches of brine. Water brings out more smoke, with a touch of citrus.

Palate: Sweet and salty, with charcoal, ash, flashes of pink wafer sweetness, dark woody notes and sweet green apple, both flesh and skin. Water amplifies the savoury and smoky, with glazed ham and leather, and also lemon sherbert touches.

Finish: Chocolate, liquorice, rich earth, herby hints and dark, perfumed smoke.

Comment: Much bigger and darker than I was expecting, this dram definitely does well with a drop water. It’s got the archetypical Special Release coastal notes as well as some great rich woody notes that don’t overpower.

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.