Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree
  • Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree

Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

BottlerDouglas Laing
Distillery / brandPort Ellen
RangeOld & Rare Plantinum Selection
CountryScotland
RegionIslay
Content Size0.7 liter
Alc/vol53.8%
Age29 years
Distilled12-1979
Bottled02-2009
Number of bottles261
Flavour ProfilesHeavily peated
€ 2.899,95-12%
€ 2.551,96

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Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree

This particular expression of Port Ellen, bottled by Douglas Laing for WorldDutyFree, is an unforgettable experience for both the seasoned aficionado and the adventurous explorer. Every sip is a tribute to a distillery that once was, but through releases like this, in a sense, still lives on. 

Tasting note

Nose

The first impression of this Port Ellen 29 Years is like a walk along the Islay coastline, where the sea breeze is infused with a complex mix of peat smoke and saltiness. The aromas further unfold into subtle hints of toasted nuts, dried fruits, and a gentle hint of vanilla from the oak in which it has matured. A slightly floral tone cuts through the heaviness, offering a pleasant surprise.

Taste

On the palette, the whisky demonstrates a refined balance between power and finesse, with the smoky peat remaining distinctive but giving way to waves of sweet honey, rich toffee and ripe citrus. The whisky is full-bodied and oily, creating a luxurious sensation on the tongue. With undertones of leathery and spicy nuances, the complexity swells as you quietly taste each sip.

Finish

The finish is long and lingers with a pleasant warmth that faithfully reflects the smoky peat. The last echoes of the drink leave sweet spices and woody notes, as well as the memory of a bygone whisky era.

More information

Port Ellen Distillery is a former Scottish whisky distillery located on the island of Islay, known for its strong peat aromas typical of this island's whiskies. The distillery was founded in 1825 by Alexander Ker Mackay and was later taken over by John Ramsay, who made the distillery play an important role in the whisky industry in the 19th century, especially in developing export markets.

In the 20th century, the distillery changed hands regularly and experienced several closures and re-openings. During its active years, Port Ellen produced a distinctive Islay single malt whisky appreciated for its distinctive smoke flavour and seaweed-like notes.

Unfortunately, Port Ellen closed its doors permanently in 1983 due to the then declining demand for whisky and overcapacity within the industry. The buildings remained standing and the warehouses were used by Diageo, the current owner, to store whisky from other distilleries on the island.

What others think

On WhiskyFun.com, this particular Port Ellen gets a very nice score of 93/100 points.

Serge Valentin even comments that it is the best Port Ellen he tasted that year.

Read Serge's tasting note on WhiskyFun.com here

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Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree

Port Ellen 29 years 1979 - 2009 for WorldDutyFree

€ 2.899,95-12%
€ 2.551,96

(0% vat)

In stock