“Colour: gold. Nose: this one’s as terpenic, mentholaded, camphory and then kippery as an old peater can be. Also damp earth – well, mud – thuja wood (new Moroccan chessboard straight from the souk ;-)) and a wide assortment of grandma’s cough syrups and lozenges. Behind all that, apples, verbena and maybe touches of very old dry white wine. The high menthol, which I love in the nose, can lead to a problem on the palate, we’ll see… Too much oak? With water: one word only, yellow chartreuse. All right, and wet wool. And plasticine. Mouth (neat): oily, the mint and the liquorice are back, but the oak is kept at bay, great news. So it’s extractive but in a great way. Granted, there’s quite some plasticine as well, putty, paraffin but all that is under control and it then unfolds on the expected tarry and salty liquorice, while always keeping some menthol on the side. Less kippery than others. With water: not quite, this time it’s having a little trouble, becoming slightly disjointed and maybe too briny, in a way. More drying oak and tea too. Water brought out much more brine. Finish: long, salty. Seawater and tea. Comments: not the sharpest/cleanest, and not the most complex ever either, but this oldie still delivers. Again, careful with water. – 87 points.” (Whiskyfun.com)
Port Ellen distillery
Port Ellen est la plus méridionale des distilleries d’Islay, située dans le village homonyme. Elle se trouve sur la côte sud de l’île à proximité des distilleries de Laphroaig et Lagavulin. Cette distillerie a définitivement fermé ses portes en 1984.
Dans la vallée de Port Ellen sur lslay, on peut encore distinguer les vestiges de l’ancienne distillerie. Il n’y a malheureusement plus que les entrepôts, la touraille et quelques bâtiments annexes.
Facilement reconnaissable à son caractère iodé et à son parfum de tourbe, Port Ellen est un single malt typique d’Islay possédant des notes d’épices et de mousse. Comme le Talisker, le Port Ellen possède une note très poivrée avec l’arôme typique salé-fumé.
La production est totalement arrêtée depuis 1984. Il existe néanmoins dans le commerce des bouteilles issues de fûts précieusement conservés et commercialisées par des embouteilleurs indépendants. Ces bouteilles sont très rares et donc vendues à des prix très élevés.
The Bottler Hunter Laing – Douglas of Drumlanrig
Hunter Laing – a new company …… since the third generation
Although recently established and operational, Hunter Laing is a continuation of 60 years of experience and mastery in the Whisky.
Stewart Laing did give his middle name, Hunter, to form the name of the Company : Hunter Laing where he is joined by his sons Andrew and Scott, who brought in their own independent bottling company and its brand First Editions in Hunter Laing .
We are pleased to announce that the Douglas of Dumlanrig, First Editions, Sovereign, Hepburn’s Choice and Distiller’s Art in whisky and Kill Devil in single cask bottlings of Rum make part of the portfolio La Boutique du Chemin.
Islay, Isle of
The island of Islay (pronounces Eye-La), the most southerly of all the Hebrides, lies on the east coast of Kintyre.
It is flat, green and largely composed of peat (water on the island is brown with it mixed with peat). The harsh winter winds push the salty clouds far on the island, allowing the peat to soak in water, which is again dried by salty breezes of the sea. All these features make the charm of whiskeys from Islay, of great importance for some and less for others.
It has undoubtedly a privileged position in the world of whisky. The island has nine distilleries in activity and is carried by many whisky’s specialists as an autonomous region. It still remains parts of the installation of two other distilleries, such as warehouses, or in one case, an oven. In the best of times, there were here nearly 26 distilleries.