|Robert Karlsson||A little bit edgy, and ripe raspberries. Spritzy vanilla. And white smoke on top of that. All quite laid-back, even perhaps a bit elegant. Tastewise in balance. Tasty and very drinkable indeed. Nice smoke, nice berried vanilla, a teeny bit of tar. Drying aftertaste. Clearly enjoyable. |
|Krishna Nukala||Beautiful smoke and peat,Hospital disinfectant and horse stables, Like Ardbeg or Laphroaig, with a dash of water, it is little sour like tamarind pulp juice, more smoke and some salty licorice notes developing some time later into some coastal notes. Nose that is so good that you do not want to drink it, but go on enjoy it! Very syrupy, sweet and more smoke on palate, excellent long and everalsting smoke and peat finish. This a masterpiece! (MMA 2011 blind tastings) |
|Rich Howard||red liquorice, red and black cherries, vanilla, milk chocolate mocha, smoky salted caramels, candle wax, popcorn with warm butter, and a small bonfire not far away. the palate is fiery, sweet with berries and cream, cocoa with cinnamon, liquorice and quite smoky in a lovely, understated way with hints of charred wood lasting into the finish. a drop of water transforms the nose, bringing out Cuban tobacco, dark chocolate with cherries, salted caramel with pecans, wet stones and modeling clay, herbal peat, accompanied by plenty of wood smoke. the palate has opened a bit, now with salted pecans, aniseed, some distinct charcoal lurking on the finish. summary: a superlative example of a smoky sherried malt, with plenty of cherry, chocolate, salted caramel and charcoal. i want personally to thank whoever was responsible for bottling this. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards] |
|Keith Wood||Glass: Classic Malt
- Colour: Bright (9ct) yellow gold
- Nose: I'm immediately transported back to my favourite Islay ferry with light sea-air and fruity, peaty bilge pumps in the nicest possible way. More peat and wood smoke expand with time in the glass. Excellent lightly fruity peat.
- Palate: Raspberries and fresh cream served in a hollowed-out peat brick and eventually joined by faint liquorice.
- Finish: Long fruity peat
- Overall Impression: Excellent. An exceptionally good Port Ellen and highly recommendable. |
|Oliver Klimek||Colour: Dark gold -
Nose: Wood smoke, vanilla, caramel, citrus fruit, hints of cloves and nutmeg. -
Palate: Peat, liquorish, vanilla, butterscotch, lemon zest, mixed mild spices, hints of white pepper. -
Finish: Long and smoky. -
Overall: A rather delicate peaty dram with very subtle flavours. Very nice but not quite on par with other Port Ellens I have tasted. |