Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Feinkost Reifferscheid (FR)
Bottling serie
Romantic Rhine Collection
Stated Age
26 years old
Refill Sherry Octave
Number of bottles
51.4 % Vol.
700 ml
de Germany
Added on
21 mar 2010 9:30 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1459.00

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27 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1983 FR

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.64 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    One of my absolute favorites among the numerous Reifferscheid bottlings, and one of the UA Port Ellens that suits my taste.

    EYE / NOSE
    Light golden in color, it looks solid and harmless in Glencairn, but even the first nose is a dream. Molass, old style islay with the strong, slightly biting smoke of red-hot coals. A little cowshed in the nose. Recently harvested hay, in the background the tar machine is running on a hot summer day, freshly chopped coriander in old 10W40, dry herbs and tire wear - as if someone had just drawn a donut on the asphalt with spinning tires.

    Extremely oily and mouth-filling, wonderfully warming and very rich. On the palate at least as complex as in the nose. Now the small sherry barrel with fruity sweetness is also noticeable, but does not dominate the old Islay. Oak notes, brine, old bottle flavor and a kind of ... algae.

    An aftertaste almost without end. The oak notes change slowly and get an almost earthy component, a hint of orange reminds one of the sherry influences for the last time, sweet pipe tobacco is accompanied by a rather soft smoky taste, which leaves the malt in the best memory.

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  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My notes state some drops of water improve it further. 

  3. Ivynor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not specifically greedy, but very "old style", and incredibly complex.
    • Nose
      Very melted, fine, but also austere, with an impression of product from the distance ... A kind of parallel dimension in the world of whisky where we discover "something else", a kind of product "old style", with a lot of earth, exotic woods, not a lot of sugar ... Maybe camphor, tar, straw, notes of natural soaps. Aeration develops more and more wood, tire, plastic (a bit like caroni) and finally medicinal plants.
    • Taste
      Surprising. Never tasted something like that ... A little wood, liquorice, maybe fennel. We smell sherry with more sugar than nose, dried fruit, vanilla, exotic wood powder. We find the character of Islay dominating with course the earth, always this impression of tire, engine oil (it's good, if so), syrup for cough with pounds of medicinal plants of great finesse . Greasy texture lining the tongue.
    • Finish
      Earth, medicinal plants, then more and more wood. Good magnitude.


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