An early 1990’s Ardbeg and a Port Ellen. No time for formalities, lets get straight to it.
Notes - Cadenhead Ardbeg 17yr 1994 “Cask Ends”
Eye: White wine
Nose: Very mineral, salt and restrained peat. Hints of citrus with some cured meat in the background. Agave notes.
Palate: Citrus lemon with a light honeyed edge. The perfect amount of ashy camp fire smoke.
Finish: Very well balanced, long finish. Lemon brine and ashy camp fire smoke is the best way to describe it. Very maritime.
Age: 17yr’s Old
Distillation Date: 1994
What an absolutely smashing example of early 1990’s Ardbeg. If you can find it, or any other early 90’s Ardbeg, you will not be disappointed with the purchase.
Notes - Chieftain’s Port Ellen 24yr 1982
Eye: Light amber
Nose: Iodine and Peat absolutely bursting with Lemon. Very maritime and very Port Ellen. With water it settles a bit and some vanilla cream comes through.
Palate: Waves of restrained peat smoke party with sweet lemon candy. Brine and full on ocean then rush in to take the stage.
Finish: Just perfect. Oily and mouth coating, full of lemon sweetness and maritime peat reek.
Distillery: Port Ellen
Age: 24yr’s Old
Distillation Date: May 1982
Bottling Date: November 2006
Cask: Hogshead #1513
Fantastic Port Ellen but I expected nothing less. Could nose it all night long. I need to get another bottle or two in the collection before prices go up further. It really is a special whisky.
Music selected for these drams is from Parliament. Gotta love that funk.
Samples sourced from Whiskysample.nl