Port Ellen 10th release 31 years old
| Port Ellen 10th release 31 years old
|Flaskens volum:||70 cl|
|Fattype:||refill amerikansk eik og europeisk eik|
|Pris Vinmonopolet:||2500,- UTSOLGT|
|Poeng Whiskyfun:||95/100 p|
|Antall flasker:||Mindre enn 3000 flasker|
|Farge||Uten vann||Med vann|
|Farge ikke vurdert|| Lukt: Peat, lett voks, mynte, hint av noe maritimt, dempet røyk, malt, granbar, lærpreg. Ganske rett frem peata dram. Som noen sa «god peata dram» men ikke så mye mer.
Smak: Peat, krydder, aske, maritim
| Ikke vurdert lukt.
Ikke vurdert smak.
|Ettersmak: Lang, men litt tørrere ettersmak |
Oppsummering: Virker dermed litt tammere og mer avdempet enn forventet. Denne var ikke helt Port Ellen som de tidligere tapningene var
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Destilleriets offisielle smaksnotater
|Amber. Good beading for its age.|| Pleasingly fresh, with a mild prickle that dances round the nose, suggesting a youthful sparkle. Immediate wood smoke and majestic medicinal notes, then pine resin and faded pot-pourri (spice drawer). A salty breeze. Beneath this, a layer of comforting beeswax and honeyed fruit balanced by a buttery saltiness.
Water liberates a wisp of smoky candle, classic antiseptic notes and cereals, yet the nose remains elusive and delicate
| Full, viscous body. Gentle. Drinks well straight: sweet is hand warming. Softly cooling at first, though, with a glorious interplay of spicy, syrupy ginger sweetness and a herbal bitterness. Soon, classic cleansing, medicinal flavours assert themselves, to stay.|
With water there’s a pleasing mouthfeel, the sweetish start balanced by more light herbal notes (tarragon). A taste from a bygone era
|Ettersmak: Magnificent. Long and splendidly antiseptic, with sweet pine resins plus herbal and savoury notes (truffle). With water, soft dried fruit and vanilla notes flirt with lingering, scented coal-smoke, drifting over all |
Oppsummering: A venerable, dignified Port Ellen of great complexity and depth; beautifully structured, assertive yet respectful and sure to please the make’s many enthusiasts. Utterly desirable
|Straw|| Oh, this is restrained and elegant! Exactly the opposite of some exuberant peat monsters, this is very subtle, on old papers, almond milk, shellfish, old slightly musty spice mix, soot and quite a lot of cut apples. I think I’ll try to compare this one with the 22yo 1978 Rare Malts one day, I seem to remember that one was a true monster - exactly the opposite of this new 1978.
With water: the beast still roars! Water woke up a tarry peatiness that, precisely, reminds me of the Rare Malt (that I used to call ‘the Pirelli whisky’ – nothing to do with the naked girls on the calendars).
| Ah yes, yes yes! More vibrant than the nose and ueber-lemony, superbly zingy, ‘chiselled’ and kippery. Greatest notes of olive oil and marzipan in the background. Gets then ashier and saltier at the same time. I don’t think we used to know how PE would behave after 30 years of age, I think we have the answer.|
With water: perfection made whisky. Please call the anti-maltoporn brigade.
|Ettersmak: Very long. Superb salty aftertaste and a contrasting spice blast (carvi, pepper, cloves, bitter almonds). |
Oppsummering: Wow. To think that we’ll have all these new old Port Ellens to try in the coming years! And if PE was the peaty Islayer that aged best? Shall we soon see the revenge of the old lady on her thundering neighbours? Imagine there’s probably much more old PE than old Ardbeg around…