Port Ellen 24 Years Old A.D. Rattray Individual Cask Bottling Cask 2463 58.2% 1982
|Serie||Individual Cask Bottling|
|Condition||In Orgiginal Box|
only 1 of 60 bottles
Serge Valentin (91)
A cascade of bottlers; UK -> Germany -> Switzerland, isn’t that funny?
Colour: deep amber.
Nose: starts less expressively than the colour suggested, and rather straighter/sharper. Gets then very meaty, beefy (grilled steak). Balsamico, ham, prunes… Encapsulates the peat in a certain way. Same notes of burnt matches and gunpowder as in the Jean Boyer, also notes of cassis jelly and leather (horse saddle). With water: it got even meatier and wilder! ‘Hare belly’ as we say in the wine world (not Hare Krishna), freshly opened box of 8-9-8’s (make that Lusitanias), leather… Just superb now.
Mouth (neat): excellent attack, blending big peat and big sherry, with a coating fruitiness this time. Apricot jam, cherry jam and liqueur, green tea… This is big, big whisky. Touches of rubber (rubber band). With water: the rubber vanished but the rest got even more beautiful. Peated prunes (who’s gonna try to make that?)
Finish: as long as an US invasion - but very perfect.
Comments: only 60 bottles? Life is unjust