Port Ellen, The Collector's Loft
55.2% vol. / 70cl
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This Islay Single Malt is one of only 2,940 individually numbered bottles produced as part of the 2016 Diageo Special Releases Collection. Distilled in 1978 and matured in refill American Oak hogsheads and refill European Oak butts, this is the oldest expression to date from the now closed Port Ellen distillery.
Nose: faint smoke grows sweet with hessian and warm wood before honey-cured meats emerge with sweet mint and a citrus edge, eventually developing into cocoa, vanilla and wood smoke.
Palate: wood ash, burnt jam tarts, treacle toffee, and caramelised orange in an all-encompassing smoke.
Finish: long and cooling with toffee apple and wood smoke notes.
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