Port Ellen 22YO (D.1979 B.2001) 1st Release /56,2%/
Port Ellen Distillery, the smallest Islay distillery in the DCL portfolio, ceased operations in May 1983. In those days, whisky producers suffered from overproduction, and most of them were fighting for survival. The distilling equipment has been removed, and most buildings have been demolished, although some warehouses remain intact. In the 1990s, each independent bottler offered Port Ellen on regular basis; however, demand remained moderate. Nowadays, Port Ellen bottlings are sitting at the top of any whisky collector’s list, and we see no indications for change. In the fall of 2017, Diageo announced plans to reopen the distillery in 2021 and produce “carefully controlled quantities replicating the spirit character of the original distillery”. Here is Port Ellen distilled in 1979, aged in oak casks for 22 years, then bottled at natural strength of 56.2% abv in 2001. This initial release had an outrun of 6000 bottles.
Nose: peat smoke, sea breeze, wet sand and sea shells, lemon and orange peels, plums, apples, vanilla, dash of ginger, forest floor, and distant whiff of smoke.
Palate: seaweed salad, malted barley, vanilla, salted caramel, milk chocolate, green apples, lime curd, white pepper, ginger, hints of iodine, and peat smoke.
Finish: long, with notes of salted nuts, baked apples, caramel, white pepper, peat smoke and ash.
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