This one comes from before the split of the Hunter brothers business into Hunter Laing and Co (who have Old Malt Cask, Old & Rare .etc) and Douglas Laing & Co (Old Particular, Provenance, Big Peat). At one time this was available in a certain Aussie retailer for under $150. Imagine that…
Nose: Maritime infused smoke. Lightly sweet.
Palate: Initially sweet with a drying ash smoke hit. Some citrus there but much more restrained than the Port Ellen I have tried in the past.
Finish: Classic Port Ellen. Smoke and ash just linger. Oils are there and it has a great mouthfeel. Citrus is low but maritime is high. As it says on the bottle this one is a little dry on the outset but its that ashy salty kind of dry finish, and it works really well in my opinion.
Distillery: Port Ellen
Age: 25yr’s Old
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Distillation Date: February 1983
Bottling Date: October 2008
Limited: One of 609 bottles
Fantastic stuff. Glad I have one of these in the archives for a special occasion. To date most Port Ellen I had tried had a stronger citrusy lemon, which I love. But this was different, much more maritime and much less citrus. One to really remember.
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