Port Ellen, ninth edition, 30 Year

Port EllenPort Ellen, 30 year old, cask strength, 57% ABV.  This is an Islay from a distillery that closed in the ’80s, now a limited edition of numbers bottles released each year until they are out of stock.

A distinctive Islay, first nose almost sweet with a hint of smoke and peat. Hot on the palate, pepper and lemon, medium finish with the smokiness emerging.

This has been a real treat, a unexpected discovery.  While I have watched, have not seen any other Port Ellen sold locally.

That is the challenge of some of these unique offerings.   Outstanding, but once consumed, I will not likely find another.

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