Port Ellen 1981 - 2000 (winter / spring), 18 years, 43% alc. Bottler: Douglas McGibbon Region: Isle of Islay, Scotland
Special feature: Closed, bottlings are becoming increasingly rare.
Nose: First a smoky impression, behind a sweetness with orange marmalade and a lot of malt. Some coastal flavor, beach, salt, seaweed. In addition, mixed in a slight sulfur / black powder note.
Palate: The island hits. Coast, seagrass, brackish, wet planks, seawater. In addition, peat smoke with spicy notes, pepper and salt. Oily and silky, interesting mouthfeel. The whisky is then but quickly dry. The oranges of the nose come up again.
Finish: Long, slightly dry, a little lake, smoker and campfire.
Conclusion: Pleasant Port Ellen in drinking strength. Typical for this distillery.
85/100 points (tasted 2015, from 300 € upwards)