Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
30th Anniversary
Stated Age
35 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Oct 2018 6:00 pm by WhiskyAddicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1853,61

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29 × member ratings

50 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1982 SV

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.50 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Subtle & Flabbergasting

    On December 7th I joined a tremendous Signatory 30th Anniversary Tasting. I drove two hours, but who wouldn’t for this kind of tasting? The last whisky in the line-up was this 35 years old Port Ellen. I had been a while since I last tasted a Port Ellen and did not want to miss this opportunity.

    Delicious nose on sweet, smoky malt, chalk and jute, fish oil, white fruit and some seaweeds, but subtly upholstered with sweet fruit like apricots and peach. Some flint. Wet rocks, a sea breeze and smoldering wood. I am in seventh heaven already.

    Suprisingly subtle but top notch Port Ellen with gravel, citrus, sea shells on the beach, olive oil and a drop of balsamico. Very herbal and mineral. Machine oil, white grapefruit, oak. Wake me up, I must be dreaming.

    The finish is very long with a minerality I haven’t experienced in quite a while. Stunning, as they say.

    Subtle but flabbergastingly good Port Ellen. Sure, 1900 EUR is a lot of money. No bottle of whisky could ever be worth this, could it? That would mean my glas of 2cl would be about 57 EUR. Well, it’s the best money I spent all year! Ordered me a bottle to put under the Christmas tree. Yolo!

  2. whiskyhuis scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Rating from Whiskyfun

    Port Ellen 35 yo 1982/2018 (55.1%, Signatory Vintage, 30th Anniversary, refill sherry butt, cask #2040, 567 bottles) Five stars
    Paw! Colour: straw. Yes, only straw, greatest of news. Nose: there are three words in the name of the cask: refill, sherry, and butt. The one that’s important is ‘refill’, in my opinion. Indeed, there’s no embarrassing raisins in sight, no half-sulphur, no prunes on a binge, and no unnecessary spices. Rather a very subtle, almost whispering coastalness, with ideas of langoustines, kelp, crab, drops of petrol, and the most complex softer olive oil, the one that’s made out of those small pink olives, the name escapes me. Wonderful complexity here. With water: charcoal, beach bonfire, cigar smoke, lanoline, paraffin… It remains rather incredibly soft and elegant. Hope the palate won’t have gotten weak and flat (yeah right). Mouth (neat): well, given the soft nose, I had thought the palate would be easy and almost smooth indeed. I lose, game, set and match. In truth this is a wonderful example of a Port Ellen that became akin to some kind of peated and tarred limoncello. Add bits of seashells and olives, and there, you have it. Indeed, it’s not a matter of complexity, it’s a matter of cohesion and fullness. With water: please call the Anti-maltoporn Brigade, sofort! Once again, it’s not spectacular, it’s not very complex, it’s not even loud on the markers (tar and such), it’s just a splendid, perfectly chiseled whole. Port Ellen. Finish: and there, it gets more extravagant, more citrusy, almost youthful. Only there, in the aftertaste, we shall feel one or two raisins from the sherry. Comments: seriously, it’s incredible that it would have remained this vibrant, despite the thirty-five years in that old butt. But then again, it was refill…
    SGP:467 - 93 points.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    N: This is not your archetypal Port Ellen, but it’s certainly an Islay through & through. With it’s natural smoked barley profile & herbal shortbread notes, let’s say it’s rather more [Bruichladdich]< Kilchoman-esque with a splash of Laphroaig. Maybe Kilchoman will become more Port Ellen-esque as the decades roll on? Let’s hope so.
    T: This is strong/firm juice with an arrival of many oils and some herbal tinctures. Subsequent chewing leads to a super development on more tinctures & garage oils. I’d never have guessed this was from a sherry butt.
    F: There’s some minerality, but we’re mainly talking of a petroleum oil slick with a coastal touch and a pinch of salt, finishing more medicinal at the death.
    C: One that didn’t wow me as much as other PE’s have done in the past, but really lovely stuff nevertheless.

    Scores an A-

  4. corbuso scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very nice Intense, complex and peaty Port Ellen, with nice maritime and tarry flavours. The peat is surprisingly intense for such an aged Port Ellen.



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