Port Ellen 32 Year 1979 (2012 Special Release)
Peated Single Malt
Port Ellen // Islay, Scotland
Port Ellen is one of those tragic casualties of the Scotch industry, an Islay distillery fallen on bad times and forced to shutter in 1983. The remaining barrels it left behind have become some of the most sought after of all Scotch. This particular expression is bottled by Diageo as one of their annual Special Releases (2012), initially with 2,964 bottles for sale. It was matured in American oak and refill European oak.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask TypeAmerican oak, refill European oak
"The nose is surprisingly sweet and fruity, yet the palate tells a different story. It basically tastes of a group of sea shanty-singing codgers puffing pipe tobacco as their woolen sweaters dry by the bonfire. Dried fruits, toffee and pretzels are passed around for snacks, as well as some cured beef jerky, and the layers of flavor keep evolving, especially with a drop or two of water. This is the Scotch Quint deserved to sip on before he met his untimely demise in Jaws, had he any access to it. Don't pour any out for him, though. You'll want to savor every precious drop!"