Port Ellen 22 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whiskey. 1983 vintage single refill hogshead cask #2398. Bottled by Douglas Laing & Co for patrons of the Whisky Festival of Noord held on 10th/11th/12th Febuary 2006, Netherlands.
Limited release of just 150 bottles.
Nose: round, dry, saline and lightly smokes. Palate: interestingly sweet. Finish: dry, smoky and marmitetime in style.
Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site and participates in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music. Most recent official bottling of Port Ellen single malt whisky was the Port Ellen 11thRelease. During the winter of 1823-24 James Fox tested his newly designed spirit safe at Port Ellen Distillery prior to its introduction in all Scottish licenced distilleries by 1825 in order to comply with enactment of the Excise Act of 1823. Thus Port Ellen Distillery was the first Scottish distillery to install a spirit safe and James Fox was paid £428 for his work.