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17 Nov 2011

Port Ellen 1983 (The Whiskyman)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Port Ellen

This is probably the most popular release by The Whiskyman so far, a Port Ellen distilled in 1983. Bottled about two months ago but gone from stores soon after.


Port Ellen 1983 WhiskymanPort Ellen 27 yo 1983 ‘While my whisky gently weeps’ (55,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, 120 btl.)

Nose: a very balanced expression. Plenty of mineral and coastal notes (seaweed, brine), soft medicinal notes (camphor) and charcoal smoke, but also sweet and fruity citrus aromas (candied lemon and green apple). Hints of marzipan as well, which makes the whole rounded and crystal sharp at the same time. Excellent balance indeed. Mouth: oily with a lot of peat, brine, spices (pepper and ginger) and bitterish lemon zest. The sweetness returns towards the end (especially almonds now, less fruity notes) but it stays kind of sharp. Finish: long, spicy and peaty, with liquorice and lemon zest.

A great bottling showing all the typical Port Ellen qualities. Definitely on par with many official bottlings in terms of complexity and balance. Around € 200. Sold out.

Score: 92/100

Port Ellen 1983 (The Whiskyman) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-11-17
  • Toon

    It’s “while my WHISKY gently weeps’… ;)

  • Ruben

    Thinking about the song too much ;-)

  • Marc Castermans

    Gone from the stores but safely in my cabinet ;-)

    Indeed a superb PE. The Man knows his whisky’s :-)

  • johnm

    Very nice bottles. I have the Clynelish and Glenlivet ones. Terrible names for whisky, though.

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  • Fredrik

    Somebody over at Whiskybase said that this bottle and Old Bothwell cask 230 are the same. Don´t know if it´s true but could be worth looking up if you are in the hunt for this bottle.

    (I myself bought the Old Bothwell earlier this year before this release so it would be fun if they are the same)

  • Ruben

    - only 120 bottles in this release, there should definitely be a remaining part of this cask somewhere
    – Old Bothwell is an important source of Port Ellen these days
    – they have good contacts in Belgium
    – the alcohol volume is the same
    We will never be 100% sure, but it’s perfectly possible indeed.

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December 2014
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  • SK: And just to prove a point, all of the bottles are still available in places where they usually run out. Lets see how many will be still available whe
  • SK: 2 years ago I tried the Caol Ila 1982 from Archives. What a fantastic whisky. Since then I always try to stock these Caol Ila from the 80s. Sadly no
  • WhiskyNotes: The real problem is that Caol Ila isn't selling (mature) casks to independent bottlers any more, from what I've heard, so chances are low we'll see mo

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