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03 May 2010

Port Ellen 1979 (Whisky Show 2009)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Port Ellen

Let’s start with the most limited Port Ellen of the bunch. The Whisky Exchange released 60 bottles of Port Ellen at the 2009 Whisky Show in London. It was sold out in no-time.

PELIND1979V2 Port Ellen 1979
(54,1%, The Whisky Show 2009, 60 btl.)

Nose: well balanced with a few flinty / coastal notes and wonderful marzipan / vanilla notes. Leather. Cold ashes. Some lemon balm. Vanilla custard. A few drops of water amplifies the fruit but takes away some complexity. Hmmm, simply wonderful. Mouth: firm attack on lemon and smoke. Gets more mineral and a lot sharper after a while, before showing a kippery, salty side. Some almonds. Water makes it smoother and seems to add balance. Finish: long and quite coastal. Peated anchovies. Lemon.

What a terrific nose. And a great palate as well, although it’s a little less spectacular and a bit sharp / salty. A nice selection by TWE.

Score: 91/100

Port Ellen 1979 (Whisky Show 2009) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-05-03
  • Régis

    Thanks very much for this testing Ruben …. I’ve one bottle, but no idea before about the interest of it !

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    You’re a lucky man, Régis.

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  • http://www.whiskywall.wordpress.com chris

    Great review. I love reading about PE’s. They are just so cost prohibitive that I have to taste vicariously!

  • Wilson Wong

    I’m so lucky to be the quick hand one of 60. Not yat to try it but I think I’ll very enjoy this bottle based on your taste sharing..

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