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10 May 2010

Port Ellen 1983 (Old Bothwell for Thosop)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Port Ellen

Luc Timmermans’ company Thosop released a couple of interesting Port Ellens lately, selected from the Old Bothwell stocks. This Port Ellen 1983 (cask #221) is a sister cask of the previous cask #220 bottled by Thosop a couple of months earlier.

Port Ellen 1983 Thosop Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (53,5%, Old Bothwell for Thosop 2009, cask #221)

Nose: a nice mixture of iodine, salty smoked fish, leafs and seaweed but softened by a thin layer of fruit. Lemon candy. Sugared almonds. Juicy yellow apples. Hints of vanilla cream. Water shows a kind of biscuity side. Wonderful how it balances between this fragrant fruitiness and a peaty coastalness. Very classy. Mouth: a bit sharper now, much more peat and herbs. Lemon. Water brings out earthy smoke and hints of liquorice and ginger. Finish: long, with an excellent dryness and a bunch of salty notes.

A beautiful Port Ellen with a terrific nose. Among the best ones bottled by Thosop so far, I think. Sold out. Around € 150 at the time.

Score: 92/100

 

ps/ Thosop will present its newest bottling (a bourbon matured Speyside 33 yo 1976) at the upcoming Wild West Whiskyfest in Kortrijk (Belgium).

Port Ellen 1983 (Old Bothwell for Thosop) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-05-10
  • ALouis

    I’m agree with your notes about this beautiful PE.
    It’s a good value for money for the intial price at 139 euros

    The picture of the bottle isn’t good, you want i send you a picture of this bottle Ruben?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Fixed now. Thank you, Anthony.

  • ALouis

    Now it’s the good picture ;)

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