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Overall rating
90.68/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB18542
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Vintage
02.03.1983
Bottled
09.2010
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
MoS 66
Number of bottles
322
Strength
56.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2010 11:20 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 684.67

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1983 MoS

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.68 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good and balanced.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pretty balanced peat. Lemon, orange peel, pencil lead. Cinnamon stick. Wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat fat, smoke. Very light encaustic.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on camphor and peat. Slightly peppery and lemony.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Another head-to-head tasting day, this time two highly praised Port
    Ellen - this 27 years old MoS
    edition versus the OB 5th release (25 years old)  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/680/port-ellen-5th-release.Colour:  The OB is significantly darker than the MoS.

    Nose:  Ooohh, both are simply to adore.  Typical PE style and very
    complex and rounded.  The MoS has a slighly more powerful profile while
    the OB is more balanced with a wider aromas spectrum.  I find the OB
    more spectacular (but the vanilla and metallic spike of the MoS is
    great, too).

    Arrival:  Bold and mouth-coating on both drams.  Here I prefer the
    mouth-feeling of the MoS over the OB as it is slightly more rich.

    Body:  The MoS again is less complex in its profile and very sweet
    with this typical metallic PE taste (coppery).  The OB is a real stunner
    on the palate:  An almost uncountable number of different aromas and
    flavours charm your tastebuds, all in great harmony.  Perfectly
    balanced, simply exceptional stuff.  Here the OB is unbeatable and wins
    with several points ahead...

    Finish:  Long, longer, the longest is with the OB.  It is a little
    drying in the end (cold ashes) but this is okay, rather a nice
    supplement than unpleasant.  The MoS is defeated again, but it is a
    proud runner-up.  Very long finish too on sweet vanilla and peaty notes -
    a great combo.

    This was a head-to-head on an exceptional high quality level.  It shows that Port Ellen malts age in dignity...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    First tasting in 2017. Latest 2021.

    Simple clean (well, quite ashy actually) and sharp. A very good Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      Tarry ropes, peat smoke, coastal notes (seaweeds, seashells), juicy lemons, hints of pencil shavings. No sherry notes.
    • Taste
      Chiselled, peaty, lemony, peppery and briny. Lots of ashes too and hints of almonds.
      With a few drops of water. The nose is slightly camphory now. The palate is more lemony and juicy.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, lemony, peppery and ashy.

  4. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If you say this is a Caol Ila, I believe you immediately. Wry, pepper, peat and smoke.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fleshy, white grape, green tart apple, burnt sugar, peach, pineapple, peat and smoke, tart.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very fruity with peat.

      Green apple, pineapple, white grape, tart, smoke and pepper.
    • Finish
      86 86
      White tart grape, green apple. Peat, smoke, pepper.

  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tried this side by side with another PE I have opened (1983 OMC refill sherry butt 25y #4687) and this MoS is more viscous and warm, and also creamier.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Quite pale in color. Very balanced. Peat. Citrus mixed with buttercream and vanilla. The peat is not in-your-face but quite elegant.
    • Taste
      93 93
      A brilliant Port Ellen. Great strength, excellent mouthfeel. A great distillate in a great refill sherry butt cask stripped of most sherry, aged for a long time, could only mean one thing -- sublime. Menthol, eucalyptus, peat, sweet citrus, vanilla, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Milky. Balanced. Moderate length.

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is a sincerely good whisky. It has all the distillery character left, and the refill wood did it's job by washing away the (possible) harsher sides. It's an enjoyable and exciting whisky, almost old textbook: have a good distillate and give it time in not too active wood.
    • Nose
      Colour: pale gold
      Appearance: incredibly slow, thick legs

      Oh boy, that's a rather marvellous maritime, peaty nose. It's not agressive at all, not woody and peaty at the same time like all these modern style peaty youngsters. It's rather crisp, clean and salty: smoke of rather soft and mossy peat (yet without TCP and the like), a fair amount of minerality, sea breeze, and fresh lemon. It's simply adorable. Later on, there are more earthy notes, mostly roots and twigs.
    • Taste
      It's (still) sweet with a little sting, so I guess it's from the alcohol. With water, it's softer. It's full-bodied, focused on the phenolic side with clean peat smoke, maybe some smoky embers, a bit of gentian tea, and still that lemon rind. It's still quite saline.
    • Finish
      Long, still peaty and fiery, with more earthy notes and still that fresh lemon. It goes into the direction of salted liquorice (with not so much added sugar) that goes well with the peat smoke. There is only a soft layer of spice and fresh lemon.

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This PE has an everlasting, multilayered finish... Really top notch stuff!!!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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