Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Old Bothwell (OB)
Bottling serie
Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
26 years old
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 nov 2009 12:09 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.00

4 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 1982 OB

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.81 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    It's gentle and patient yet brute and full of characterful.
    • Nose
      Gentle notes of charred meat, brine and oysters, but also soft forest fruits, prunes, grilled pineapple and a tinge of bubble gum. It's all very civilised and even a tad sweet because of some pronounced toffee notes. Nice minerality too.
    • Taste
      Sweet, brown sugar with some gentle mocha notes, smouldering tarmac and decent salinity. Whiffs of honey, a large pinch of pepper and a big hit of (slightly medicinal) peat. Also leather and tobacco with some sweet treacle.
    • Finish
      Spicy, salty and some lemon pith, as well as a whiff of iodine.

  2. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Port Ellen 26 yo 1982/2005 (55.7%, Old Bothwell, cask #2473)  They had many great – and cheap – late-period Port Ellens at Old Bothwell’s! Colour: gold. Nose: the opposite. Milk chocolate, Werther’s Originals, fudge, custard tart, apple pie. I find no Port Ellen in there, but maybe is it me? So, with water: a tad vinegary and lemony, which is extremely… contrasting? Seawater, whelks, kelp, oysters… We’re clearly on the coastline. This baby just loves water, it seems. Mouth (neat): the sweetest, the easiest, the smoothest Port Ellen ever… Before it takes off. Because as it takes off, it just smashes you with the rawest peatiness, some very strong coffee (the Italian’s most concentrated ristrettos are nothing), and an immense tarriness and saltiness. Tears you apart a bit, but that’s a lovely feeling. Monstrous, and that came unexpected! With water: bang-bang. Tart lemony salty smoky kippers. Finish: very long, very salty, very briny, very lemony. Salted anchovies. Comments: frankly, those Port Ellens ruled. I know some ‘smart people’ keep claiming that they closed it down because the whisky was sub-par. What’s sure is that you wouldn’t find this profile, neither west, nor east. Not to mention north. It was Port Ellen. SGP:457 - 91 points.

  3. eleiko5 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen 26 yo 1982 (55,7%, Old Bothwell 2009, cask #2473)

    Nose: a bit dirty I’m afraid. Maybe not real sulphur but something like plastics and cooked cabbage. Cask #2545 didn’t have this at all, but overall it’s not too bad. It goes out of focus after a few minutes. Now there’s liquorice and gunpowder (great), quite some leather too. More smoke than cask #2545, more wood as well. Beefy notes, some tobacco and nice forest fruits. Mouth: sweeter than the other cask, with a sort of honey coating around the peaty center. Just as peppery though (not unlike a punchy Talisker). Much more on dried fruits and sherry. Getting more salty in the end with hints of grapefruit, but the bitterness is much better under control here. Finish: very long, the saltiness disappears slowly and the fruitiness takes over.

    I guess the oak type can be identified as a refill sherry cask. Don’t mind the dirty notes, as long as you don’t compare it directly to other whisky, you’ll easily get over it. Or maybe you simply like that particular profile. The good side of the sherry coin is the fruitiness and the lack of bitter notes. Around € 150.

    Score: 89/100




  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Sjors did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Shared Cask:  http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/12551/port-ellen-1982-3r

  6. nulty scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Complex and always evolving, not easy to pin down. Very beautiful even if it is not the profile that I prefer (a bit austere, industrial).
    • Nose
      Very fine, industrial peat with a little oil. Embruns, salt. Fruit too, citrus fruits and yellow fruits, with hulls. Fire wood is waxy and slightly mineral too. After aeration, he "makes Christmas": marzipan, gingerbread, cookie dough. After these few minutes it is clearly oriented sherry - not a monster, far from it, but sherry anyway (leather, tobacco).
    • Taste
      Beautiful peat attack, lively. More wooded presence here, it stays within very acceptable limits. Some citrus discrete but less fruit at first sight (already not folichon in the nose of this point of view), it is more about smoke, ash, this kind of things. Red berries seem to break after a while. With water, grapes, maybe oranges. Ginger, pepper. It is very well diluted too.
    • Finish
      Long, a little woody and dry, smoke, ashes.

  7. I_SPEY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Mister Johannes, 

    A delicious whisky with lots of hidden tastes; I`ll be back for more tn`s!

    Thanks for your generous sample

    A friend!


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