N: This is a blend of 12 barrels, put in at 67% and bottled collectively at 53.9%. It's chatty with lots of peated chocolate on the nose, peppered ham, rancid, tropical fruit notes, buttered coal tar, smoked ice-cream (is that a thing?) and heavy leather. In fact Colin Dunn coined this one ‘Port Ellen in a leather coat’.
T: Fabulous arrival, salty, liquid peat, malty peat with all the oily, minerals, fruity, stone, flinty notes associated frequently with PE. Interestingly its almost identical to the Port Askaig 30 WB which preceded this tasting.
F: Fruity, smoky peat,...... is that it! Again, the Port Askaig had an almost identical finish. It's a bit hollow, a bit too clean by PE standards…. but eventually, there's a little Port Ellen-ess at the end, but it's slight.
C: Simply delicious stuff, but like the Brora, surprisingly undramtic or overly remarkable. The end of the end? How many barrels are left, barrels good enough to release as official bottlings? Maybe it's only the status and mystique of the rare releases that's keeping the circus touring?
Scores a B[+] 88