One of 108 Bottles
Extremely limited single cask bottling from the reputable independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co.
In the 1980s the industry suffered from overproduction, more than 30 distilleries closed for good (including Port Ellen), many ran their operations using only 20-30% of distilling capacity. Port Ellen 33 years old, part of the prestigious Old & Rare range currently bottled by Hunter Laing & Co. comprises whisky distilled in September 1983, roughly seven months before Port Ellen ceased operations, and aged in ex-sherry butt. Bottled at natural strength of 58.3% abv and without chill-filtration in October 2015 with an outrun of 108 bottles. In the fall of 2017 Diageo announced plans for reconstruction of Port Ellen Distillery.
Nose: smoky and tarry, cigar ash, moist gravel, seaweed, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, hints of tobacco and leather and a whiff of sea breeze.
Palate: rich and powerful, peat smoke, sea air, dark chocolate, grapefruits, bitter oranges, black currants, black pepper and touch of tobacco.
Finish: long and complex, peat smoke, sea salt, dark chocolate, bitter oranges, pepper and ash.