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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Saturday, 7 July 2012


Time for a Port Ellen trio over 3 days... First up a Mackillop's Choice bottling and then finishing off with the only 2 Port Ellens ever bottled by Duncan Taylor in their 'Rarest of the Rare'-series.

To my knowledge, this is the only Port Ellen ever bottled by Lorne Mackillop.
I've tried several bottlings from other distilleries in this series and they have all been good.
I wonder if this one can live up to that...

Port Ellen 1979 30yo 30.08.1979/xx.06.2010, 51,9% cask#5585, Mackillops Choice

Straw coloured

Wham! Already when you pour this one the massive smoke hits you. I poured this one standing up and solid peat smoke hit me even then – didn’t even have to bring the glass to my nose. Sitting down and spending a little time with this one, a sweetness comes through almost immediately too, like some candied and/or salt sprinkled nuts and a huge malt sweetness. Big, big nose!

Full force palate arrival. Salt, peat, some oak going to the back of your mouth.
Then malt - tonnes of it! Turning sweet with vanilla, fruit and an almondy note, maybe...then again massive malt sweetness turning all ale like and lasting forever! What a PE!


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