Gordon & MacPhail Rare Old, Port Ellen 1980 46%, 700ml
BOTTLED: Bottled 13th November 2015
COLOUR: Dark Gold
FINISH: Medium in length, drying, and with plenty of peat smoke influences
CASK: Refill American hogshead
STYLE: Traditional Islay malt to be savoured
AROMA without water
Vanilla ice cream, ripe pear, and cinnamon aromas mingle with dried tobacco and charred oak.
TASTE without water
Ground white pepper leads to sweet red berries, dried mango, and kiwi flavours. A rich smoky edge is present giving way to a subtle aniseed edge.
AROMA with water
The nose develops floral elements with hints of lavender and violet. Green apple, tangerine, and red grape are complemented by green tea aromas.
TASTE with water
Sweet initially with candied fruits giving way to a touch of liquorice and salt. Peat smoke lingers.