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11 May 2010

Port Ellen 1982 (DL OMC for Whisky Fair)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Port Ellen

Douglas Laing probably holds the record for the highest number of independent Port Ellen bottlings. Fred & Stewart bought a large stock of casks to add to their blends, at a moment when Port Ellen was not particularly popular as a single malt.

This Port Ellen 1982/2009 was bottled for last year’s Whisky Fair in Germany. It was matured in a refill hogshead. A few months ago a similar cask was bottled for Daily Dram / The Nectar.

 

Port Ellen 27yo 1982 OMC Whisky Fair Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (55,2%, Douglas Laing OMC 2009 for The Whisky Fair, ref. DL 4904, 133 btl.)

Nose: powerful but quite round with lots of vanilla and a bit of nougat. The peat smoke is relatively delicate. Then there’s a wave of dentist cabinet. Yellow apples. Coastal / tarry notes as well (seafood, harbour smells). Hints of rubber but in a nice way (think of fresh balloons). Very faint hints of fruits and citrus zest. Very good. Water brings out fragrant oranges but also wet newspaper. Mouth: again round and creamy, starting on sweet notes and evolving towards the peat smoke. Lemon marmalade and honey which make it rich and flavoursome. Hints of pepper. Very profound smoke and bonfire. Finish: long and balanced. A tad sharper with liquorice and clean peat.

As you know by now, I prefer this type of (relatively) gentle, vanilla infused Port Ellen over the sharp / mineral / grassy type of Port Ellen. This is a perfect example! Nothing to complain about. Around € 180.

Score: 91/100

 

This concludes our ‘ten days of Port Ellen’. I hope it’s clear why Port Ellen is one of my favourite distilleries. Now it’s time to review a few promising new releases. Glendronach Grandeur is one of them.

Port Ellen 1982 (DL OMC for Whisky Fair) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-05-11
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  • http://guidscotchdrink.com Jason JY

    I’ve greatly enjoyed this round of Port Ellen tastings. I think I’ve tasted twelve or fifteen Port Ellens in the last decade and I don’t recall any two being the same. I really like the kippery Port Ellens that seem such “oh, so rare” versions of the make.

    Keep up the great work, Ruben!

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Thanks for the nice words, Jason. I can assure you it was a fun thing to do as well. I have the opposite impression that the round vanilla-versions are “oh, so rare” but I guess they are all rare nowadays.

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