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01 Mar 2011

Port Ellen 1982 ( / QV.ID)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Port Ellen

This 28 years old Port Ellen 1982 was a single cask selected by Luc Timmermans for two whisky shops. The biggest part was bottled for
De Druiventuin / Whiskysite in Leiden (Holland) and a smaller part is available from QV.ID in Huldenberg (Belgium).


Port Ellen 1982 - Whiskysite / QV.IDPort Ellen 28yo 1982 (57,5%, / QV.ID 2010, refill sherry puncheon, 136 btl.)

Nose: an array of typical Port Ellen notes. Gentle peat and maritime notes (seashells). Hints of plaster. Velvety vanilla as well (which I think is essential in a good Port Ellen). Almonds. Soft hints of sweet fruits but no real sherry character. Gets a tad drier over time with some nutmeg and tobacco. Mouth: mouth-coating and creamy, again nicely sweet and fruity. Sugared lemon juice. A bit of pepper, a bit of salt. More peat than on the nose, as well as some mineral notes, but it returns nicely to soft vanilla and a little honey. Rich and balanced. Finish: lemon and smoke with a hint of aniseed in the very end.

A couple of years ago, it seemed 1982/83 were lesser years for Port Ellen. We already know it’s not true. Congratulations to Luc, Jack and Koen for this great selection. Around € 200 – now sold out.

Score: 92/100

Port Ellen 1982 ( / QV.ID) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-01
  • Whiskysite

    Thanks for the wonderfull notes… 😉

  • alouis

    Yes my bottle is booked :)

  • Marc Castermans

    Hey, didn’t know it was a joint bottling. We tasted it before it was in any shop at a previous Fulldram tasting. It is a blast.

  • Johan

    Yes, joint bottling. So if one is sold out, you can still try the other. But I guess it won’t be long before both are sold out. For me this is the best 1980’s Port Ellen that I tasted so far.

  • I_SPEY

    Last wednesday I was in The Druiventuin and Jack offered me a glass with whisky and I had a real superbe experience. More or less the same tasting notes as Ruben has written, but he’s a real connoisseur(more precise) and I’m only an aficionado. But we shared the same opinion: A Cracker!


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  • Tabrulavubeg

    The post is more than 3 years old. But I got to buy a bottle of Old Bothwell Cask 2039 today to find that this also was a bottling from the same cask! More info’s to be found on the Whiskybase.



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