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 Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1806.55

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45 × member ratings

76 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1982 SV

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.95 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. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Part of a signatory anniversary tasting lineup.

    My ranking for the lineup is:

    1. Port Ellen 35
    2. Cragganmore 33
    2. Ben Nevis 27
    4. Bunnahabhain 40
    5. Mortlach 27
    6. Glenlossie 33

    Stunning old Port Ellen. Beautiful whisky, one of the best I’ve had. If you’ve got 3 large burning a hole in your pocket, then why the hell not?! Crazy that this is a refill sherry cask, must have been one of those wonderful 4th fill casks.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Rich and coastal, salty sea air, fresh sage, soft and elegant lemony peat, vanilla bean ice cream, scotch mint, wax - beeswax even, quality honey. Incredibly refined, no rough edges.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Holy hell, soft and oily, very fresh surprisingly after 35 years. Mouthcoating, waves of soft lemony peat and the best pure vanilla, pine, sea shells, oysters and all sorts of ocean goodies. Faint licorice. All in wonderful harmony. Very classy.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Salty, lemon butter, matcha, crab shells, capers, soft elegant smoke, brioche...Swedish berries, long, but soft and rich. Incredible whisky.

  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. p_harish1 scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    I opened the bottle no. 388 today. Excellent Port Ellen. I tried PE 1979 25 YO in Harry's NY Bar in Paris where the rate of PE is just €45 for 5cl. This beats the 1979 fair and square. This is a remarkable whisky. I have never tasted this beautiful whisky in my past 14 years of single malt whisky experience.
    Please add few drops of water, which enhances the mouth feel and the taste.

  5. 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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