Port Ellen 13th Release
Added on Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 34 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1978 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 55.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $2200 Availability: Specialty Stores
Diageo Special Releases 2013     2958 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

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.  Cinnamon and antique furniture.


p:  Old wood, butterscotch, caramel, and nut oil.


Buy this one for the nose (if your nose is worth $2000



N: Pickled herring, shucked oyster, warm buttered toast, roasted peanut and toffee.  Ripe mango and sweet jackfruit.  Smoke and ash from smoldering coal mixes with the saltiness from an ocean breeze

P:  More of the above with smoked fatty cuts of meat, charred pork and cured meat

F: Vanilla, lime peel and brine 

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.



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