Ocean! Salty, oily, maritime and slightly smoky. This is how a Port Ellen must smell to me. that is perfectly the typical profile with which I think I can recognize Port Ellen among many.
Rubber, glue, and more oily marine salt. The smoke is sweet, like a well-marinated suckling pig and fried bacon. The alcohol is also well integrated here according to the age and does not sting. But there is enough power here too. Meat glazed with honey from the charcoal grill. With hot, slightly bitter mustard.
A very special but simply great nose for me!
Very round, soft, but also very powerful in the mouth. The taste changes again to this maritime aroma, which reminds me extremely of oysters. In addition, it is still oily and salty. For me, this is Port Ellen in top form. The smoke is now subtle in the background and I mainly just notice these extreme maritime notes, plus a little glue and wood oil. I almost forget the smoke. The whisky has a strong structure, it almost feels like I have something solid in my mouth, not a liquid. The sea and fish are omnipresent and make this dram so special. Also especially good for me.
The finish is long and pleasant. The aromas from the taste continue nicely, but there is a slight addition of white pepper that tickles the edge of the tongue. It remains extremely oily, salty and maritime. Here, too, the oysters are dominant. I only notice smoke because I know that it should be there. The longer the taste sticks in the mouth, the more there is somehow a taste of smoke from the charcoal grill. From my point of view, this departure should stay forever.
A whisky that is very special to me and of my own, I don't know anything like that, but I love it. This is a real character whisky, and I simply won't find these extreme maritime flavors anywhere else.
N-94, T-96, F-95 for also top-notch 95 points