"Port Ellen is one of the three main villages on Islay and one of the two ferry terminals on the island. The distillery was expanded in the 1960s and temporarily closed in 1983. Its white painted buildings form a 'street' close to the seashore. Only peat which was dug in the district was used in the drying and the water was taken from two lochs in the nearby hills, the principal one used for distilling purposes being noted locally for its purity. Next to the distillery is a modern Maltings which exudes pungent peat smoke.
"AROMA without water: Smoky and liquorice influences with fruity undertones and hints of pear. A fresh sea breeze aroma.
"TASTE without water: Sweet, with peat smoke elements emerging followed by hints of aniseed. Some hints of kippers linger.
"AROMA with water: Butterscotch and pear, with slight medicinal notes. Reminiscent of a wooden fish box.
"TASTE with water: Dry ash flavours balanced with salty brine notes."
- Distiller's Notes
Region: Islands (peaty and maritime). Incorporating famous names such as Islay, Skye and Orkney, these islands often make heavily peated scotches, reminiscent of the sea.