Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask sherry butt expression of the lost Scottish distillery. Bottled October 2013 by Hunter Laing & Co. for the Old & Rare series. 231 bottles.
Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site and participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Most recent official bottling of Port Ellen single malt whisky was the Port Ellen 11thRelease. During the winter of 1823-24 James Fox tested his newly designed spirit safe at Port Ellen Distillery prior to its introduction in all Scottish licenced distilleries by 1825 in order to comply with enactment of the Excise Act of 1823. Thus Port Ellen Distillery was the first Scottish distillery to install a spirit safe and James Fox was paid £428 for his work.
A full bodied nose of earthy peatiness with a touch of iodine and sea salt. Initially sweet on the palate with peat coming through, a definite honey note takes over giving a smooth mouth feel. The finish is long and lingering with the peat fading slowly and the honey giving a pleasant aftertaste.