...and yes, this is a special dram. It offers the PE profile at its best and despite it is rather austere it is both interesting and very quaffable (provided you like sweet, peaty and dry profiles). Is it worth today's four digit price? Well, it all depends on your pockets. I will certainly not buy a bottle at these ridiculous collector's and investor's prices - I will wait until the recent bubble implodes (remember: in human history there was never ever such a thing like an endless boom)...
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers the trademark Port Ellen profile of sweet barley sugary, tarry and slightly rubbery (old tyres) aromas. Later some shy fruity (unripe plums and apples) and mossy notes join in and the typical chalky-metal touch which is somehow a PE characteristic. A complex and balanced nose that is very interesting to explore and delicious to sniff - great stuff, indeed! After some breathing it gets dryer on cold smoke and medicinal aromas (plaster, bandages).
The taste is multi-layered on sweet barley sugars first followed by the tarry and rubbery flavours before some fruits step in and finally the hot spices take over (chili, white pepper, ginger). The peat smoke is there all the time and turns the taste more and more dry over time. In a later layer the trademark PE cold copper pops up and stays until the very end of the finish. The sweetness has vanished almost completely now. Water releases waxy and mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter-smoother through reducing the dryness and adding some chocolatey flavours. Actually, I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced to about 46% abv.
The arrival on the palate is charming and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a fine creamy feeling without any distracting moment. The finish is very long and strenghtens the sweet flavours again which is great. And some maritime notes of salt and seaweed pop up that are delicious. Towards the end it gets very dry on cold ashes and cold metals (copper) but this is rather a pleasant dryness and not too astringent.