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Port Ellen 24yo 1978/2002 '2nd Annual Release'

(54.3%, OB)
Average Score: 86
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryPort Ellen
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NamePort Ellen
Year Distilled1978
Year Bottled2002
Bottling Name2nd Annual Release
Alcohol By Volume54.3%
Issued2002
Average Score86


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin91
Olivier Humbrecht83
Michel van Meersbergen83
Robert Karlsson85
Davin de Kergommeaux84
Ho-cheng Yao88
Peter Silver89
Craig Daniels80
Krishna Nukala85
Lawrence Graham88
Thomas Lipka84
Keith Wood89


Retired Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel87
Bert Bruyneel89
Luc Timmermans88


Tasting Notes
Keith WoodGlass: Spiegelau - Nose: Linseed, Scottish sea air, grass and straw - Palate: Very smooth and surprisingly sweet, but lots of burn from all that alcohol. The aftertaste is very herbal. Let's try with a little water now..... - With water: (4 drops in 2cl) The sea air and straw are enhanced on the nose. Deliciously smooth on the tongue and tingling the front and rear of the tongue simultaneously, whilst leaving the middle alone! Lovely herbal flavours whilst slightly oily and wonderfully smooth with the sweetness remaining, albeit not quite so prominent now. - 3 Further drops of water: A little smokiness is starting to develop amongst that straw. For a fleeting second I had a slight taste of one of those liquorice allsorts which comprises liquorice wrapped in a coconut tyre. - Overall Impression: This is an excellent dram and one which shall return to in a few days time. Probably experimenting with a little more water as this time around, it improved both times when I added a few drops. Lovely!!!