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Specifications

Distillery:

Port Ellen

Region:

Whisky, Islay

Type:

Malt

Port Ellen, 40 Year Old, Islay, Prima & Ultima, 2020 Release, 1979

Tasting Note:

A hidden treasure. Distilled in 1979, at 40 years old this natural cask strength Port Ellen has been drawn entirely from one cask, number 6422. The Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983, yet its single malt was later revealed to age wonderfully; this superb example is subtle, elegant and flavourful after forty years. From one of the very last 1979 European Oak butts, this Port Ellen expresses, to the full, the wonderful balance between sweetness, saltiness and smokiness that characterises Port Ellen. At its peak Port Ellen continues to bring the whisky world one of its great joys. 18 carat gold in colour, with aromas that are mild and lightly medicinal, with top notes of antiseptic cream and liquid, followed by eucalyptus, with a light ashy smokiness tucked away at the base. The taste is soft and smooth in texture, sweet, with more than a trace of dry, appetising saltiness and a building black pepper spiciness. Beautifully made, delicious and best enjoyed straight. The finish is long, drying and elegantly smoky, with a peppery heat and lingering smoke in the cooling aftertaste.

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