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Port Ellen 37 Years Old
 55.2%    |    70cl

A self-assured, well-integrated and hugely complex Port Ellen in which subtlety is all, with an effortless balance of sweet fruit notes, deeper sapid tones, citrus, honey, smoke, fire and oak, this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released, and in the words of one taster “these old Port Ellens get better and better!". Only 2,940 individually numbered bottles exist world-wide.

A self-assured, well-integrated and hugely complex Port Ellen in which subtlety is all, with an effortless balance of sweet fruit notes, deeper sapid tones, citrus, honey, smoke, fire and oak, this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released, and in the words of one taster “these old Port Ellens get better and better!". Only 2,940 individually numbered bottles exist world-wide.

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Port Ellen 37 Year Old
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Region

Isle of Islay

Appearance

Polished teak. Good beading.

Nose

Sophisticated and understated; dry overall, opening with distant, faint smoke, before a wave of familiar sweet and smoky notes.

Body

Medium.

Palate

Wonderful at natural strength. Sweet, prickly and drying, with a great mix of wood ash, burnt jam tarts, treacle toffee and caramelised orange.

Finish

Long, cooling and complex: drying, yet also coating.

Information:

Make: Port Ellen

Age: 37 Years Old distilled 1978

Strength: 55.2% ABV

Place of Origin: Port Ellen

Region: Isle of Islay

Nose:

Sophisticated and understated; dry overall, opening with distant, faint smoke, before a wave of familiar sweet and smoky notes, among which hints of hessian and warm wood are all that suggest great age. The distant smoke soon grows closer and more fragrant, while above it drift pleasing sweet aromas of honey-cured smoked meats or root vegetable. Through all this a fresh, cleansing note rises, to vie with sweet mint and sharp citrus - winey hints too. Finally, smooth, dark cocoa, some vanilla and more wood smoke. With water, first sweet, then more muted and savoury, though later a fruity clarity sweetly returns.

Palate

Wonderful at natural strength. Sweet, prickly and drying, with a great mix of wood ash, burnt jam tarts, treacle toffee and caramelized orange. Then yet more all-pervading smoke with a spicy-herbal complex featuring cloves. Water makes things cooler and milder yet doesn’t alter the well-balanced flavour profile. Dark toffee first, then smoked meats, kippers, ash and cleansing phenols.