Port Ellen 1974 Gordon & MacPhail
Added on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1974 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $350 Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes

N:  Oddly familiar.  Like a laundry room with faint fermented fruit


P:  Briny corn flakes.  A little weaker than I prefer but gives a toned down refinement.  There is a pepperyness that rather than burn, warms the tongue like an electric blanket   There is a faint anise finish that travels quite a while.  You know, I think I could give this to anybody and they’d like it, but no one would jump out of their seat.  Seeing this bottle just makes me happy and enhances the experience, but I wonder what I would think if I was handed this blind.  B/B+

A very mellow (almost too light) whisky with a buttery sweetness that’s accompanied by hay, sweet apples, cinnamon chewing gum notes and a hint of graphite and smoke that lingers in the nose.  Wow! peat, grapefruits and green apple skins on the palate.  I wasn’t expecting this much peat as I didn’t get much peat on the nose.  The peat on this was kind of blunt and not very crisp/ clean.  I’m guessing the age must have taken the edge of the peat (I tasted this blind).  The finish was long with licorice, chocolate and a mild saltiness. B+/A- 
Light nose, very gentle suggestion of smokey earth.
Sweet light nectar on the palate with a little smoke.  Finishes quickly. Also a weird poolwater aspect but it's kinda nice. Some juicyfruit gum on my breath as it finishes. Tastes like good watered down PE.
This is one of those lamentable 40%-ers, but it's massively drinkable and great stuff that would be the hit of any party, including one of mine full of whisky snobs. And I'd definitely want to own it, so B+.  Though honestly part of the enjoyment here is knowing what I'm drinking -- I'm not sure how I'd respond to it blind.  B/B+
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