Port Ellen 1979 / 32 Year Old / 11th Release (2011)
70cl / 53.9%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The eleventh Port Ellen in Diageo's Special Releases series was distilled in 1979 and bottled at 32 years old. We reckon it's the best official PE in many years - sadly our allocation was completely pre-booked before the stock arrived.
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More Details:CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDistillery BottlingAge32 Year OldVintage1979No of Bottles2988
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate
Port Ellen's make was usually filled into old casks to maximise its smoke when used young. To us, therefore, it's Islay's most austere malt, yet the guys who worked there all talk of its sweetness. Here, finally, its an example of that. Yes, there's some wet slate and briny smoke, but it's balanced by citrus, waxy fruits, and a central sweet-ness adding complexity. It might have taken a long time to get here, but it was worth the wait. 92 Points
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