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A second entry in Johnnie Walker's Ghost & Rare series, focusing on the distillery character and spirit from closed Port Ellen on Islay. Not well known during its lifetime, since its closure in 1983, Port Ellen has risen in stature to become one of the world's most sought-after single malts. This Johnnie Walker Blue Label release brings together Port Ellen with grain whiskies from closed Carsebridge and Caledonian distilleries, as well as rare malts from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban. The result is definitely tinged with the taste of Port Ellen – smoky lemons and chamois leather – with soft spice and sweet fruit.Tasting Notes (1)
Ghost and Rare
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Fruity with fragrant smokiness – delicate and refined rather than a peat monster. Fresh and baked apples are joined by pears and waxed jackets. Vanilla cream notes develop and then tend to custard, poured over wax-polished oak.
Vanilla sponge cake and ashy smoke. The apples are back and sat on a bed of damp leaves. Sweet floral notes float above – hints of lavender and Parma violet – and oaky spice sits underneath.
Long and ashy, with fruity notes slowly fading.
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The Port Ellen edition is lower ABV than the Brora edition at 43.8% but it is also a little less expensive. Great balance but don’t expect a blast of peat. This bottling is ozone fresh, balanced, and malty but it is not screaming Islay so gauge your expectations accordingly. Overall a delicious entry from Johnnie Walker.
Fantastic! Nice smell and taste. Better drink without ice for better pleasure. One of the best!
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