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-
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.