Port Ellen 32 Year 1979 (2012 Special Release)

Peated Single Malt

Port Ellen // Islay, Scotland

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    1. Adrian-Medina

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      5.0
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      34 year old OB. Oil and syrup like. Ripe apple, no burn despite high abv. Dry mouth feel. When adding water you taste the smoke and saltiness. 32 year old IB old and rare. Similar to the 34 on the nose. Everything is turned up. More spirt heavy but in a good way. Longest finish of any whisky I’ve had.
    2. So..... I Found out I’m physically allergic to alcohol (and no I don’t break out in handcuffs 🥴). I Won’t be able to taste this bad boy or participate in this site any longer. It’s been real. Cheers! ☕️
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    4. petermania

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      eminently worth it
      Tam O'Shanter
    5. petermania

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    6. ScotchingHard

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      The end goal of my birthday weekend was to finally try an official bottling of Port Ellen. A bucket list item is crossed off... for $30! The bottle: 7th release distilled in 1979 and bottled in 2007 at cask strength of 53.8%. This was at Jack Rose. I asked for a 1 oz pour, but the bottle had just about a half oz left. The bartender ended up charging me less than a third of the price. Initial nose: lemon scented embalming fluid, shoe polish. Cadaver lab back in med school. Except this time I’m looking forward to this shit, but it’s far from being ready to drink. It’s a little nervous. As I’m I. Subsequent noses: much less chemically. A rich and buttery smoke. Lemons, honeycombs, marigolds, and elderflowers, Chinese oolong. Tasting neat: a tobacco smokiness balanced with medicinal smoke. Deep fried minnows. Eucalyptus, parsley, mint. Lemons and grapefruits. Fennel, vanilla, and slight chili. Very oily, but not nearly as viscous as the Brora I had yesterday. Finish: I still have hints of this 8 hours later. How!?! First of all, no morning breath. A grassy smoke is the dominant theme. Smoked cactus, overbrewed Oolong, burning cooking oil. I give the edge to the 1978/2014 Brora after nose and palate, but this finish wins it for PE. I give the finish 102 / 100. Really. For reviewers who are afraid to give perfect scores because “what if I taste something even better?” Easy, you just give it better than 100%. No one will arrest you. Two drops of water: more somber. The green notes are relegated to some mint at the end. More black tea, more spicy, more earthy. Petrol. Clay. The biggest drawback is now I have to return to reality, after 3 sips of God’s dram. Will those 12 year old Lagavulins ever bring as much joy again? Will those old independent Caol Ilas I keep getting because they approximate independent Port Ellens even matter anymore? Will independent Port Ellen’s now feel like slumming it? Anyways, here’s the top 10 drams from my epic weekend: 1. Port Ellen 28y OB 1979/2007 53.2% - 98/100 2. Brora 35y OB 1978/2014 48.6% - 97.5 3. Port Ellen 23y DL OMC 1983/2006 50% - 95 4. Talisker 25y OB 45.8% - 95 5. Johnnie Walker Blue Brora & Rare NAS 46% - 94.5 6. Old Pulteney 21y OB 46% - 94 7. Redbreast 21y OB 46% - 94 8. Talisker 30y OB 45.8% - 92 9. Caol Ila 29y CA SB 1984/2013 55.5% - 90 10. Strathisla 33y HB FC 1967/2000 46.3% - 87
      30.0 USD per Pour
    7. DruDown

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    8. Wwowhisky

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