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Port Ellen 34 Years Old 1978 13th Release 70cl 55°

Distillery : Port Ellen / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 39157

An astounding Port Ellen, of amazing strength and utterly compelling with its complexity and deep, heavy character. The subtle nose belies how lively and straightforward is the first hit with its stunning flavours - a wonderful marriage of citrus fruits, appealing smoke and salt, layered in honeyed sweetness.

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Features

Volume0.7 L
Net Weight0.7 kg
ABV55 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryPort Ellen
CountryScotland
RegionIslay
Age34 years
PeatHeavily Peated
CharacteristicsCask Strength
Reference:39157

In 1824, the Port Ellen distillery was built on the Isle of Islay, Scotland. Purchased by John Ramsay in 1836, it was the first distillery to export its Single Malt to the United States.


At the cutting edge of technology, Port Ellen is the first distillery that used a spirit safe for distilling. The story of the distillery is complicated, and has alternate periods of closure and production from 1930 to &969. In 1973, it becomes in 1973 a malting house supplying all the island distilleries with smoky malted barley. In 1983, the distillery closes and the spirit production stops. Its salty, smoky spirit has become one of the most sought-after malt by collectors, investors and aficionados.

Couleur: pale amber, sun-bleached gold. Quite thick, suggesting the richness of its texture.

Nose: understated, clean. Hints of black caramel wrapped in wood smoke, then refreshing eucalyptus oil with a touch of blackcurrant. The wood smoke gives way to flavoursome aromas, luscious, of smooth honey and roasted grains. With a drop of water, the hit is smoky with an undertone of lime in the oily texture.

Palate: simply astounding. An intense, smooth smoke envelops the palate, followed with fresh lemon notes, lemon peel and butter. This smoky sweetness, rich and fruity, evolves onto a coating texture and mellow notes of dark chocolate, cradled into an exquisite wood smoke. Perfect tasted at cask strength. After a while in the glass, an honeyed and lemony mouthfeel sparkled with salt flower. After a drop of water, the mouth is silky, slightly oily, smoother and more accessible: the salt is still here, lifted by a spicy hint.

Finish: long, coating, intense and lasting. Overflows with smoke. A touch of mint and bergamot, quite dense and flavoursome, marked with an aftertaste of cloves.