Port Ellen & Glenury Royal
|Brand: Johnnie Walker||Category: Scotch Whisky|
|Origin: UK||SKU:181919165 , 181919164|
|ABV: 43.80%||Volume: 750 ML|
A second entry in Johnnie Walker's Ghost & Rare series, focusing on the distillery character and spirit from closed Port Ellen on Islay. Not well known during its lifetime, since its closure in 1983, Port Ellen has risen in stature to become one of the world's most sought-after single malts. This Johnnie Walker Blue Label release brings together Port Ellen with grain whiskies from closed Carsebridge and Caledonian distilleries, as well as rare malts from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban. The result is definitely tinged with the taste of Port Ellen – smoky lemons and chamois leather with soft spice and sweet fruit.
Fruity with fragrant smokiness – delicate and refined rather than a peat monster. Fresh and baked apples are joined by pears and waxed jackets. Vanilla cream notes develop and then tend to custard, poured over wax-polished oak.
Vanilla sponge cake and ashy smoke. The apples are back and sat on a bed of damp leaves. Sweet floral notes float above – hints of lavender and Parma violet – and oaky spice sits underneath.
Long and ashy, with fruity notes slowly fading.
This third release in Johnnie Walker's Blue Label Ghost & Rare series shines a light on the long-closed Glenury Royal Distillery. As with the previous bottlings (which focussed on Brora and Port Ellen), the rare whisky from this lost distillery sits at the core of the blend. Alongside Glenury Royal's single malt, master blender Dr. Jim Beveridge used malts from Pittyvaich, Glen Elgin, Inchgower, Glenlossie, and Glenkinchie, as well as grains from Cambus and Cameronbridge to build out the expression.
Fresh orchard fruit (pear, peach and a hint of sharp green apple), savoury olive oil notes and cinder toffee.
More sherried notes come to the fore here, with dried fruit and cinnamon sticks. Still enjoyably oily, though a floral lightness develops.
Pastry, apple, black pepper. Chocolatey elements stick around.
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