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 Gold.
Nose: Subtle Sherry influences with hints of beeswax polish, charred oak and
underlying peppered kipper notes.
Palate: Subtle peat smoke with a touch of black pepper. Sweet fruit flavours
develop green apples, pear and lime.
Nose: Freshly cut grass initially followed by juicy berries, raspberry and
gooseberry. A honey note develops and enhances butterscotch aromas.
Tropical fruits are followed by a subtle trace of lingering smoke.
Palate: Creamy yet refreshing with green apple, banana and orange flavours
mingling with a charred ember note. A subtle herbal edge is present in
Finish: Long, sweet and with lingering bonfire embers.
Cask Type(s): Refill Puncheon.
Whisky Style: Delicate Summer Islay dram to be savoured.