Nose of lighter smoke, something sweet, slightly lemony, something farmy.
Quite good on the palate, lemony, gentle smoke, mild complexity. Considering the pedigree Port Ellen sports today, this isn't quite something to do carthweels over, but I'd certainly be really happy to drink it any day. Finish has minty-refreshing aspects and clean pepper, with a zing.
N: A little more red fruit on the nose of this one than the other (bottled August 2010). Sour lemon. P: More powerfully peaty (yep, those other guys like it better) but only marginally, not quite as sweet. Still very tasty stuff. F: Dry, lemon. I like the other better, but I still think this deserves an A-.
P:Surprising.Asphalt and caramel, then old carpet and salt.I’m conflicted.The broken down components don’t seem great, but on the whole it works and I enjoy the luscious mouthfeel. I’ll bet this one finds enemies though.B+/B