Port Ellen 23 yo 1975/1998 (45%, Samaroli, 744 bottles) Colour: white wine. Nose: this one is surprisingly mashy and grainy, smelling just like peated porridge (or porridge topped with a peaty Islayer). Also notes of pear juice, apple juice… Not quite ‘Port Ellen’ to say the least, rather immature and disappointing considering its 'pedigree'. Mouth: better now. Smoky, on apple juice and pepper, mastic, apple skin, a little marzipan… The peat grows then bolder, the whole getting rather peppery. Finish: medium long, peatier, with also nice notes of mandarins… Very nice finish that's good enough to grant him a rating above 80 but it's globally disappointing I’d say. There are so many better Port Ellens around…Rather a collectors' bottle. 82 points.
[October, 2000] I had this dram during a Port Ellen rarities tasting at
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
- 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90
points. My notes state it is a quite unusual Port Ellen with almost no peaty flavours but sweet and well balanced. A very sippable dram.