Eidolon – Port Ellen 40 Year Old – the second release in a rare and limited edition series.
Distilled in 1982 shortly before the legendary Islay distillery was to close, only 403 bottles of the limited-edition Port Ellen Islay Single Malt Whisky are available. The Eidolon series is presented at a natural cask strength of 56.5% ABV and without artificial colouring or chill-filtration.
The series has been named ‘Eidolon’, which in ancient Greek literature refers to a recollection of something memorable from history. The Eidolon casks were carefully set aside some years ago for additional ageing and we now believe they have reached the peak of their complexity and character.
Deep amber in colour, the nose opens with immediate sherry cask influence – rich red fruit, cocoa, cherry, pecan, caramel and sweet pipe tobacco.
On the palate it is intense and expressive, with dark chocolate, espresso, citrus, polished wood, more fragrant tobacco and an all-encompassing Islay peat smoke.
With time in the glass and a few drops of water added more herbal notes and a sea-breeze/oyster freshness are apparent.
The finish is never-ending, with old fishing nets, tar, honey, black tea and chocolate almonds lingering on. Truly a wonderful example of the legendary Port Ellen Distillery’s output.