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Specifications

Colour:

Whisky

Producer:

Port Ellen

Region:

Whisky

Appellation:

Islay

Port Ellen, 1978, 34 Year Old, Islay, (13th Release), 1978

1x70cl £2,333.33

1 bottle £2,333.33 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Appearance: A clear amber, like antique gold in sunlight. Dense beading, suggesting rich texture.

Nose: Cautious and clean at first, with hints of dark toffee wrapped in woodsmoke, then cooling oil of eucalyptus and a trace of bruised apple fruit. The woodsmoke parts to reveal a savoury, meaty scent, then sweet honey, toasted cereals and a whole artist’s studio of oils. With water, it starts smoky (like vegetables on a barbecue) the underlying oiliness now punctuated by hints of lime.

Body: Light, oily, smooth.

Palate: Stunning. Caution is thrown to the winds as sweet and intense smoke races across the palate chased by fresh lemons, lemon zest and butter. This rich, fruity smoky-sweetness becomes tongue-coating, smooth dark chocolate enveloped in exquisite woodsmoke. It drinks very well straight and when the attack slows, there’s yet more honey, lemon and a sprinkling of sea salt. If water is added it is smooth, lightly oily, much sweeter now and more accessible: still some salt, with a new spicy tingle.

Finish: Long, coating, intense and sustained, all pervading scented smoke, hints of mint and bergamot, then finally dense and savoury, with an after taste suggesting cloves.

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