Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen
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Nose: Salted butter, marmalade on toast, elegant peat smoke and oat cakes.
Palate: Perfumed malt and orange blossom, balanced by salty sea air and coal dust. Subtle clove brings heat.
Finish: Continued peat smoke sticks around for a good long while of the finish.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen is the second in a series of special releases crafted using irreplaceable “ghost” whiskies and other incredibly rare whiskies from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label reserves. At the heart of this limited edition lies the highly sought-after Islay single malt, Port Ellen – a ‘ghost’ distillery that shut its doors in 1983.
For Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Dr. Jim Beveridge, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series is an exciting exploration of flavour. Jim says: “These whiskies deliver a fascinating glimpse into another world, exploring the unique, inimitable character of whiskies from a small number of iconic, closed distilleries that lend something very special to every drop of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.”
In crafting Port Ellen, Jim blended the highly sought-after ghost whiskies from Port Ellen, Caledonian and Carsebridge, with five incredibly rare malts from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol and Oban.
The result is a whisky with layers of creamy vanilla sweetness and rolling waves of waxy citrus, rich malt and tropical fruit notes – all perfectly balanced by the distinctive maritime smokiness of Port Ellen that lingers in, the long and warming finish.