Port Ellen 35yo 14th Special Release 1978 - 2014 (56,5%)

Port Ellen 35yo 14th Special Release 1978 - 2014 (56,5%) € 3,099.95
Brand: Port Ellen
Availability: In Stock
Ex Tax: € 2,561.94


Age 35 years old
Region Islay
ABV 56,5%
Volume 0.70 liter


This Port Ellen 35 years old was bottled in the 2014 Special Release series by Diageo. It was distilled in 1978 and has matured in refill American and European oak casks. It was bottled in 2014 at natural cask strength of 56,6% ABV. It is the fourteenth Port Ellen release in this series. This one has been limited to 2964 bottles.

A glorious grande dame, superb in every way and with a poise and self-assurance born of long experience. An unexpected Port Ellen with a warming, spicy, gingery edge to its traditional sweet and smoky nature: captivating at cask strength, while a little water reveals a charming sweetness in the nose and richness and depth on the palate.

Colour: bright, deep gold with amber lights

Nose: sophisticated and understated; dry overall, opening with distant, faint smoke, before a wave of familiar sweet and smoky notes, among which hints of hessian and warm wood are all that suggest great age. The distant smoke soon grows closer and more fragrant, while above it drift pleasing sweet aromas of honey-cured smoked meats or root vegetable. Through all this a fresh, cleansing note rises, to vie with sweet mint and sharp citrus - winey hints too. Finally, smooth, dark cocoa, some vanilla and more wood smoke. With water, first sweet, then more muted and savoury, though later a fruity clarity sweetly returns.

Palate: immediate and lively! At first, rich and honeyed, the sweetness perfectly balanced by maritime salt as if to suggest sweet seaweed. Then, unexpected notes of citrus and ginger burst like lime and ginger marmalade on wholemeal toast. In turn, this sunny edge is clouded by sweet smoke, rising against a velvety backdrop of dark chocolate. The rich character remains in essence unchanged when reduced with water; still warming, the citrus becomes orange oil, with ginger and modest smoke

Finish: very long and warming, with crisp ginger and citrus, and fresh, menthol-clean notes that rise against a backdrop of drying, oaky wood smoke

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