Oily-petroleum stuff in the nose, fruit like nectarines and peaches, peat in the background. Pine needles as it opens up. Enticing.
Palate is more closed than the nose advertised, sort of hits me as a mild vanilla and muted smoke thing, then it amps up in the long finish with more smoke, still overall restrained though. Fruity notes in the tail end bounce back and forth with the smoke.
The fruitier aspects of Port Ellen that were (supposedly) especially evident in its much younger iterations (I won't pretend to have tried many) are definitely here, and at the end of the day it's still very much in line from what we've come to expect from PE of this age and pedigree.
n: beautiful nose of citrus, cotton, light peat smoke and dry wood. Sweet potato pie and chai tea. Honey walnuts.
t: smokey raspberry jam and ash. Then the familiar lemon zest and wax. Salty sourdough bread crust and still fruity to the middle. Dark walnuts, earthy, and bright peat in finish. Delicious and cohesive whisky.