Port Ellen 1979 26yr Old Malt Cask
Added on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 09:18 PM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 26 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1979 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Distilled November 1979       Bottled August 2006       602 Bottles       DL Ref 2856

Around $240 on release. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Nose of restrained smoke, which is almost overtaken by apples, and something vaguely petroleum-based.  The palate... oh, neat.  Kinda weird given my expectations (this was not blind, but an at-a-bar tasting, but probably one of the most nerdy, quiet, don't-bother-me-I'm-tasting tastings ever executed in a crowded dive bar on a Saturday night).  I mean, I expected the lighter smoke which plays nicely against the apples/pears, but I didn't expect this odd aspect -- although in retrospect, the nose did announce it with that petroleum-thing.  In the finish, smoke takes over, but not annoyingly so.  Gets pretty tangy too!  That weird petroleum aspect keeps popping in and out, both pushing me away yet bringing me back with greater curiosity.  I feel like I've been tarred and peated.  And apparently I like that a lot!  B+/A- 
Chris
 
N: Peat, lemon water, potpourri.
P: Hugely peated with a nice fruity / floral aspect.
F: Fades into briny notes with some mint and ginger spice.
Mmmm, this ones got all those little extra dimensions that sets Port Ellen apart from the other big peaters. 
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