The first Port Ellen Annual Release goes for much more these days, but for many people the second release, bottled at 59.35% in 2002, remains at the top of the pile for official PE. A magnificent whisky.
Colour: pale gold. Nose: austere, stony, flinty and grassy. Cold ashes. A little difficult without water. With water: the tar comes out a little, a little paraffin, fusel oil, butter, smoked tea. Classic austerity. Mouth (neat): sweeter but still a little aggressive. Candied oranges, dried pears, sugared lemon juice… With water: nice farmy notes, dried apples and pears. Unusual notes of figs. Finish: long, rather sweet, peaty… Not the very best Annual Release I think bit still an excellent peaty Islayer. 90 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|# Released bottle||12000|
|ABV/ Volume||59.35%/ 70cl|