Friday’s Pick: Port Ellen 1979 vintage, 28 year old
Port Ellen, 1979 vintage, 28 year old, 53.8%, $300
The seventh release of limited edition Port Ellen whiskies by Diageo. Not as vibrant and intense as younger bottling (particularly on the nose), but nicely matured with a satisfying sweet foundation. Notes of toffee and roasted nuts permeate though the peat, kiln smoke, coal tar fish nets and charred oak. Seaweed and brine, more reserved mid-palate, emerges noticeably on the finish. The Port Ellen bottlings are getting older (the distillery closed in 1983) and they are getting more expensive. This one still captures the essence of Port Ellen.