Port Ellen 1979 DL Platinum June
Added on Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 11:30 PM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1979 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.60 % Region: Islay
  Price: $405 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Douglas Laing's Old & Rare       Distilled December       Bottled June 2010       217 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

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.

Nose:  Very coastal/maritime nose, some musty hay notes, gasoline and some fruit in the back. 
Palate:  Nicely balanced with peat and a touch of sweetness, some citrus and plums.
Finish: Ligh smoke.

Nicely balanced and easy to drink.   
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-. 

N: saltwater taffy, crisp, nice, tidal pool

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


Yeasty like rising bread being baked, fresh cracked black peppers over lemon,  lots of citruss and tar.  Green / white fruits and minty mouth rinse on the palate and a light citrus finish.

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