Port Ellen 12th Release
Added on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 at 05:47 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 32 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1979 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
2964 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

Subtle maritime qualities with a zing of citrus zest. Also noses of toasted bread and raw oysters. The light brine is reminiscent of salt in the air of an ocean breeze. There's a lot going on here. Great mouthfeel. Not too dry or too oily. The peat stays light on the palate with more citrus and some tar in the mid palate. Balanced with smoke, ash and medicinal herbal stuffs. The finish is minty and much sweeter than expected.  


I tried this again and had several pours of it.  Still freaking delicious and I got a lot of fudge and chocolate this time around.  

N: Light and surprisingly fruity for a Port Ellen. A little waxiness that's not far off Clynelish. A little lemon, maybe even a touch of pear. Some sweet malt, a fair amount of well-developed, seasoned oak. Not a lot of peat; sweet in general. 

P: Oily and spicy, a touch of white pepper, a fair amount of wood, some waxy wood polish kind of notes, dried apple skin, and a little faint background smoke. 

F: A little smoke with a hint of tarriness and diesel, a quick hint of mint for a second, a fair bit of wood and the waxy apple note. 
This, for all the waxy notes initially, makes me think Clynelish. It's definitely on the far edge of what's vital, but a little spice keeps it interesting. Picks up nicely as it goes on.  
The nose on this one has peat with wild flower/honey notes. The palate kick off sweet with those same floral and honey notes then a big hit of earthy peat and sea water. The finish is slightly bitter, peppery and peaty.  

n:  Cedar drawer.  Sweet lemonade


p:  Hint of cloves, cinnamon, and ash. 

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