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25 Oct 2010

Port Ellen 1983 (DL OMC #5441)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Port Ellen

Douglas Laing has an impressive and seemingly endless stream of Port Ellen releases. This is one of the most recent in the Old Malt Cask series. It was distilled in 1983, the last year of production at the distillery.

Port Ellen DL OMC 5441 Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2009, refill butt, DL ref. 5441, 640 btl.)

Nose: clean, somewhere in the middle between the mineral and vanilla profiles of Port Ellen. Some sweet almonds. Soft gristy peat, rather medicinal for a PE (eucalyptus, herbal syrup). Wet paper and walnuts. Mouth: rather sweet and creamy, more vanilla now and soft pepper. Hints of liquorice, custard and lemon, gentle smoke. Little cask influence or so it seems. Finish: round and clean with sweet lemon, brine and ashes.

A good Port Ellen showing the different typical elements without any special highlights. A solid bottling. Around € 170.

Score: 88/100

Port Ellen 1983 (DL OMC #5441) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-25
  • Richard

    I tested one of these during a family tour of Scotland some time ago (4, maybe 5 years). I fell in love with it, and bought a bottle for £125. Most expensive bottle I’d ever bought, at the time.
    It having made such an impression, I was non-plussed to read others’ tasting notes, and low scores (relative to Ardbegs etc, of which I had several). But that made me happy. I thought that meant I would have little problem savouring more bottles over the ensuing years.
    BUT alas, I now find I can’t get ANY PE at all for less than £150. It has since gained cult status, and I can’t afford to keep up!
    So, if anyone’s reading this…PE is awful stuff, it won’t bring tears to your eyes, but will be an embarrassment on your shelf. If you have a bottle you’re best to get in touch with me and I’ll dispose of your embarrassment for you.



November 2014
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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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