- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Signatory Vintage (SV)
- Bottling serie
- Cask Strength Collection
- Stated Age
- 27 years old
- Wine Treated Butt
- Number of bottles
- 55.7 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 08 May 2010 9:37 am
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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1983 SV
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.96 points
- your blog: http://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2010/05/one-for-the-road-port-ellen-signatory-tasting-notes/
- Diageo has released a number of highly-acclaimed expressions of Port Ellen under
its ?Special Release? programme, but some very good independent bottlings are
also to be found. They include this 27-year-old single cask bottling, distilled
in February 1983, just a few months before the distillery closed, and finished
in a wine-treated butt before being bottled in April of this year. It comes
courtesy of Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co Ltd, formerly of Edinburgh, but
now based at the Perthshire distillery of Edradour. The nose is sweet and
fruity, with vanilla, peat, black pepper and tobacco notes. Sweet and malty on
the palate, with subtle peat and soft oak notes. Barley sugar with the addition
of water, and the peat becomes much more muted. Steadily drying in the lengthy
finish, with no adverse oak tannins. Stands up very well for its age.
- Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 (55,7%, Signatory Vintage 2010, cask #231, 501 btl.)
Nose: like an embering fire on a beach, that you’ve just fuelled with some diesel oil. Smokey and coastal. Sweet hints of almonds, or even better, almond butter cookies. Some wax and lemon. Hints of overripe fruits, could this be the wine influence? Quite medicinal as well. Really high-end. Water makes it a bit more feminine, with a tiny hint of vanilla, more wax and hints of fruity wine. Pretty awesome. Mouth: big and compact, peaty, sweet and salty at the same time. Pepper and citrus. Lots of iodine. Grows sharper over time. Very explosive. Here as well, water lifts the sweeter notes, mutes the peat and highlights some zesty citrus. Finish: peppery and grassy hints, fading on sweet peat smoke.
Don’t be fooled by the wine treatment, this is an exceptional Port Ellen that compromises very little. It’s great to play around with water and watch it switch between its monstruous peat side and its feminine vanilla side.
Not exactly cheap though: around € 190. Available from most international shops. Master of Malt also sells samples.