Review: Port Ellen 29 year oldFebruary 3rd, 2009
This whisky was recently released about the same time as the Brora 25 year old, which I reviewed here two days ago.
Port Ellen, 29 year old, 55.3%, $400
An elder Port Ellen, but still showing plenty of Port Ellen character. It’s chock full of kiln smoke, damp forest bed, seaweed, charcoal, brine, and tar. Additional notes of licorice root, kalamata olive, cinnamon, and black pepper, with teasing citrus emerging occasionally. Warming, tarry, dry smoke finish. An old-fashioned, pungent style of Islay whisky.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 89