Port Ellen 22yr Premier Barrel
Added on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 at 09:11 PM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 22 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $230 Availability: Specialty Stores
301 Bottles.
Member Ratings and Notes
Nose of moderate charcoal smoke, apples, pears, and bubblegum.  Smells like a fruitier Port Ellen.  The palate is as the nose advertised, and excellent. Sugary. The ABV here works great, providing just the right amount of flavor, never too much and never too little.  The finish could use greater length and additional dimensions, but it baits me back so hard that I don't care.  Drink this one before any other bigger and/or peated numbers and you'll be treated well.  It's kind of an excellent peated party whisky... if you bring $200+ whiskies to parties!  (Note: If you do, please give me your address as you will be receiving party invitations shortly). 
N: Peat and biscuits, a little tequila.
P: Moderately peated, sooty, lacks that floral dimension that makes PE's so good.
F: Not a lot of flavor, fades quick, disappointing.
It seems like the bottlers are going for unusual casks for this series and they are certainly achieving that goal.   All I've had so far have been distinctly different than the distillery profile.   But then they also haven't been that good.  Hmmm. 
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