Port Ellen 1983
70cl / 53.9%
32 Year Old 15th Release (2015)
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Port Ellen 1983 Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy A
Nose: Cracked pebbles, chamois leather and seaside notes – ozone-heavy sea spray, damp seaweed and fresh rock pools. Smoke sits at the back, with fruity peat, ham and raisins, balanced out by green and leafy notes.
Palate: Wax, sweet smoke and liquorice – an aniseed scented aromatherapy candle? Leathery notes build, along with sweet raisins, smoked ham and singed baked apples. The apples intensify to the point of going overboard into overripe sweetness, but are tempered by barrel char smokiness and dunnage warehouse earthiness.
Finish: Sweet and earthy, with soft peat smoke, nutmeg, chocolate cake and cherry sweetness.
Comment: A very austere Port Ellen, with lots of minerality rather than the rich sweetness that has appeared in recent years.