The Diageo Special Releases 2016 has a whisky in the line up that is the oldest Port Ellen expression so far ever released. How cool is it to receive a sample of this 16th release? Distilled in 1978 and left sleeping in the warehouses for 37 years in refill American Oak hogsheads and refill European Oak butts and then released for bottling in total 2.940 bottles at 55.2% cask strength.
The nose has notes of smoked meat, citrus, ginger, vanilla, nuts and wood. I find the nose to be very soft and showing a sweet, minty and earthy mixture that has a salty side to it that makes it almost liquorish. The palate is more present then the nose is for me with black pepper, sweet honey, vanilla and fruit notes. A dense wholegrain bread filled with dried fruits and different nuts comes to mind at this moment, but also a mocha creme cake with crushed mixed nuts sprinkled all over it. Further I can find some notes of plums, barley, fudge, oranges, mint, roasted meats, red apples and dark toasted bread. A medium length finish with soft creamy vanilla and salty liquorish. Thanks Diageo Netherlands for providing the sample!
Looking for more information on the Special Releases 2016? Have a look at this WhiskySpeller article then where Thomas and I have a closer look at this lovely box received from Diageo. It consists of an exclusively selected Auchroisk 25, Brora 38, Cambus 40, Caol Ila 15, Cragganmore, Glenkinchie 24, Lagavulin 12, Linkwood 37, Mannochmore 25 and Port Ellen 37.