Distillery: Port Ellen
Bottled: 2002, Distilled: 1978
Age: 24 years old
Cask: Bourbon cask
Nose: Leather and old books, sherbet, damp wood. Rain smell. Pebble beach.
Palate: Sweet lemon candy, brine, soft ashy smoke. Oily mouthfeel, like runny honey. A little fragrant floral note too, something like the rosewater flavour of Turkish delight.
Finish: Savoury, nutty aftertaste. Cloves, black pepper, tobacco leaf. A little more sherbet tingle.
Like smoking a mild, sweet cigar by a fire in an old antique shop after eating a lemon meringue pie. Glorious.
Remarkably smooth and mellow for a 59% cask strength Islay. 24 years in barrel have created a really round, soft flavour so the peat shout is now all but a whisper. This has softened the character to one with more ashy, sooty notes than fresh smoke. Sort of like the dry, dusty embers of a beach fire…
As expected with Port Ellen, there’s a distinctively lemon-sherbet nose amidst a pleasant woody dampness, hints of dusty leather armchair. Also plenty of clear coastal notes of sea salt and pebble beach.