Ellen - this 27 years old MoS
edition versus the OB 5th release (25 years old) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/680/port-ellen-5th-release.Colour: The OB is significantly darker than the MoS.
Nose: Ooohh, both are simply to adore. Typical PE style and very
complex and rounded. The MoS has a slighly more powerful profile while
the OB is more balanced with a wider aromas spectrum. I find the OB
more spectacular (but the vanilla and metallic spike of the MoS is
Arrival: Bold and mouth-coating on both drams. Here I prefer the
mouth-feeling of the MoS over the OB as it is slightly more rich.
Body: The MoS again is less complex in its profile and very sweet
with this typical metallic PE taste (coppery). The OB is a real stunner
on the palate: An almost uncountable number of different aromas and
flavours charm your tastebuds, all in great harmony. Perfectly
balanced, simply exceptional stuff. Here the OB is unbeatable and wins
with several points ahead...
Finish: Long, longer, the longest is with the OB. It is a little
drying in the end (cold ashes) but this is okay, rather a nice
supplement than unpleasant. The MoS is defeated again, but it is a
proud runner-up. Very long finish too on sweet vanilla and peaty notes -
a great combo.
This was a head-to-head on an exceptional high quality level. It shows that Port Ellen malts age in dignity...