Last of the Special New Year Weekend Drams – Port Ellen 27 by Golden Cask and a Cross Review

This post is a special one, as the Whisky Gospel Blog and Malt and Oak are combining for a cross blog review today.

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What is a cross blog review? Well, we got together to taste this bottle (well, 50 ml. miniature bottle) of Port Ellen 27, and we’re both publishing our reviews on the same day. Yoav’s thoughts can be read here.

I’ve pretty much covered everything there is to say about Port Ellen in the two reviews I previously did (here on the 26 year old OMC, and here on the 25 year old OMC), so with no further ado, here’s the review:

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Port Ellen 27, The Golden Cask (House of MacDuff) 5cl Miniature (51.8%, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Copper with slow legs.

Nose: Very earthy and damp peat, dusty sherry notes, handful of sultanas, notes of sweet wine and some sour plum wine.

Palate: Dominant sweet peat, strong sherry, sour dark berries, plums and pepper.

Linger: The peat is sweetish on the tongue, with strong spices in the back of the throat with the sherry asserting itself on the insides of the cheeks with tangy tannins.


This is a definite Port Ellen, although it isn’t the most balanced expression I’ve ever had. It is, nonetheless, very enjoyable.

On the downside, the sherry and the peat compete with each other rather than work together. But the linger, which is pretty long and satisfying, more than makes up for it.

Be sure to read Yoav’s post here.

Please let us know in the comments if you liked this cross blogging feature, and if so, we’ll run more of these from time to time.

I wish to thank Craig from The Green Welly Stop for the opportunity to taste it this fun dram!!

3 comments on “Last of the Special New Year Weekend Drams – Port Ellen 27 by Golden Cask and a Cross Review
  1. manny says:

    poor you!your bottle was much smaller than yoavs 😉

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