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24 May 2014

Port Ellen 1982 (DL OMC for Daily Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Port Ellen

I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to spend today’s prices for new Port Ellen releases… easily € 600 even from independent bottlers. No matter how rare they now are, that’s well above my personal limit.

Luckily we have a small stock hidden away, bought in better times. Like this one, a Port Ellen 1982 single cask bottled by Douglas Laing for The Nectar in 2009.

 

Port Ellen 1982 - Douglas Laing for The NectarPort Ellen 26 yo 1982 (56,2%, Douglas Laing OMC for Daily Dram 2009, refill hogshead, ref. 4900, 193 btl.)

Nose: quite vibrant. One of these Port Ellens that strike a nice balance between coastal sharpness and vanilla smoothness. Above average medicinal notes, rather than plain peat. Pine needles and wet tree leafs. Bright citrus notes. Nice grassy notes, evolving towards peppery notes. A fresh orange / banana / apple fruitiness in the background. Very complex. Mouth: more power, more peat, more sharpness. Very punchy, with pepper, salt, lemon and peat smoke. Still some sweetness (oranges, honey, vanilla). Fades on grassy notes and ginger. Finish: very long, quite sugary, with a few maritime notes and lemon peel.

Simply excellent Port Ellen. Douglas Laing owned a large number of casks from this distillery, and The Nectar surely knew which one to pick. Intense, but showing a marvelous amount of tiny notes and delicate refinements.

Score: 93/100

Port Ellen 1982 (DL OMC for Daily Dram) 5 Ruben Luyten 2014-05-24
  • Rogier

    This was an interesting read. I happen to have a bottle of this stashed away too.

  • http://www.tastenote.se Roland Johansson

    Have it, tried it many times, love it….a great PE indeed.

  • Rogier

    I just opened mine to celebrate the birth of my son. While I’m definitely not objective now, I do want to say that I’m loving this dram!

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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