N: Honey roasted peat with the perfect sweetness, light smoke, lavender, and mint. P: Big and tingly, lemon, peat, and an earthy spice (like nutmeg but not). F: Tangy, long smoke, finishes a bit too dry and a bit too woody, I think the years in oak are starting to detract (just slightly) from this once perfect whisky.
Great nose. Not as peaty as some of the other Port Ellens I've tried, but extremely well-balanced, the combination of peat, fruit and oak is simply wonderful. The finish is similar but doesn't hold up quite as well as this tastes on the palate, but it is nonetheless excellent, and among my favorite whiskies. Love the flavor profile and this is an excellent example.
This is one I enjoyed so much that I didn't spend a lot of time on notes but rather, just savored it. The nose has booming peat with fruit in the back. The palate is a perfect balance of smoke and sweetness, and that balance, which can be challenging in a heavily peated malt, is the key to what makes this a great whisky.
Great waxy notes mixed with smoke, ash, flowers and hints of fruit. The waxiness continues on the palate with an oily mouth feel accompanied by sooty darker notes. It finishes with a smoky bitterness leaving a layer of peat on your tongue and palate.
The peat wasn't very intrusive on the nose or palate. But it emerges once you swallow the whiskey. A very nice and tasty surprise as it sticks around for quite some time.
A medium, light gold dram. The nose is complex with light oak, fruit, sweetness, a little smoke and peat, and vanilla. Smoke really starts to take over on the palate and in the back of my mouth. Very hot. The finish turns into charcoal as it travels down my throat. Doesn't linger very long. [3/25/11]