Port Ellen 31 YO Old Particular, 51,5% (Douglas Laing)
Port Ellen is one of the most legendary distilleries on Islay, maybe even in the entire world of whisky.It was closed in 1983 and still we can see different bottles coming up on the market and this one is no exception. Distilled back in 1982 it was resting for 31 years in a refill hogshead before it was bottled in 2013, which resulted in just 286 bottles. This single cask release is bottled at cask strength, 51.5% ABV without chill-filtration and no added colours.
A bit old scent with a medium-smoky touch. Hints of anise and some sweet fruits.
Sweet with hints of anise and mint. Not heavy peated as you would expect a whisky from Islay. A bit woody with some almonds.
A medium length with some honey and vanilla notes, together with a sweet fruitiness.
When I tried this excellent dram I was told by the lovely Cara Laing to find a nice and quiet place to enjoy this Port Ellen. The only quiet place I could find was the toilet, but not so nice, so I improvised. With a legendary dram like this it’s easy to dream away to places far away. I find this Port Ellen very balanced and good, even if its not heavily peat like most Islay whiskies. However this is a dram I highly recommend you to try at least one time.