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One of 568 Bottles / Cask No. DL REF 6836 / Casktype: Sherry But
Year 1983 was the worst for Scotch whisky industry following World War II. Over 20 distilleries closed due to whisky overproduction and lack of demand.
Port Ellen was one of the victims, being the smallest of the three Islay distilleries in DCL portfolio practically stood no chance. By the end of the Century independent bottlers sold most of the remaining stock of Port Ellen with Douglas Laing & Co. offered the widest selection. (Port Ellen was a favorite Islay dram of Fred Douglas Laing, the company founder). The Old Malt Cask expression from December 2010 contains whisky distilled in March 1983, roughly two months before the distillery ceased operation and aged in sherry butt no. DL 6836. After 27 years the cask yielded 568 bottles at 50% abv.
Nose: lots of peat smoke with rather shy sherry notes, moist wool, hints of tar and rubber, salted almonds, dark chocolate, prunes and a whiff of sea breeze.
Palate: peaty and briny with very modest sherry influence, dark chocolate, almonds, touch of caramel, cinnamon, dash of pepper and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: fairly long, peaty and peppery with notes of cinnamon, cloves and almonds.