Port Ellen is one of the three main villages on Islay and one of the two ferry
terminals on the island. The distillery was expanded in the 1960s and
temporarily closed in 1983. Its white painted buildings form a "street" close to
the seashore. Only peat which was dug in the district was used in the drying and
the water was taken from two lochs in the nearby hills, the principal one used
for distilling purposes being noted locally for its purity.
Next to the distillery is a modern Maltings which exudes pungent peat smoke.
Colour: Pale Amber.
Nose: Sweet, with peppered kipper notes. Ozone and hints of driftwood.
Traces of birchwood and charred woods emerge.
Palate: Sweet, but ashy, peat smoke elements quickly emerge. Some hints of
Nose: Oily, with slight medicinal notes, some floral influences (Oddfellow
sweets). Hints of beeswax and some peat smoke.
Palate: Sweet, peat smoke and charred wood - some birch influences.
Finish: Long with a subtle smoke.
Cask Type(s): Refill Sherry Casks.
Whisky Style: Robust, smooth and complex.