Overall rating
Single Malt
Old Bothwell (OB)
Bottling serie
Single Cask Malt Whisky
Stated Age
28 years old
Oak Cask
63.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Mar 2011 10:58 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 890,00

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39 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1982 OB

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This whisky really takes you on a journey
    if you solve the ticket
    great .. and the finish very long and intense
    from the nose to the mouth to the finish a story
    conclusive and very distinctive
    and still I have my beloved salt liquorice ...

    no whisky for every occasion and for every taste
    but a conclusive high quality whisky
    which exactly matches my taste for something special
    yes! I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      I already had it as a rehearsal
      That's why I'm very excited about the burned rubber factory:
      and already the first rubber tires are in the nose
      but also a feeling of dry wild meadow, heat, vanilla, chamomile flowers
      and you smell the factory between the meadow herbs before you see them
      her ashes, the abandoned, the burnt rubber
      You stop under an old cherry tree and look at the burnt factory
      now you also smell the ripe cherries ..

    • Taste
      tremendously alcoholic without tasting of alcohol
      Wow class
      3 sips, 3 associations:
      warm ripe cherries from ashes of rubber tires with over 60% on the tongue
      the heat of summer and the devastating fire with the sweetness of ripe summer fruits
      like hot engine oil with cherries and honey
      At the end of the tongue comes the wild summer meadow with vanilla and herbs, chamomile
    • Finish
      long and intense
      > slightly bitter> burnt rubber> smoke in the throat
      > Cherries soft and warm
      > Salt liquorice with a lot of tobacco and liquid heather honey

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2012]  I had this dram during a birthday tasting of a friend.

    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 87,5.  Unfortunately I took no detailed notes.
    With respect to the unusual high abv of 63,1% after 28 years of
    maturation Grant Carnichael explained in a tasting:  During the last whisky boom from 1973 to 1981
    there was a shortage of casks at many distilleries (hs305:  comparable
    to todays situation).  For that reason a lot of casks were filled at
    distillation strength (around 69 to 71% abv) instead of the recommened
    63,4% that by experience proved to be the best starting alhocol level
    for a perfect maturation.

    Additional comment from hs305 in 2017: 
    As this practice showed mostly weak results decades later with a lot of
    casks matured rather harsh and unbalanced in todays cask shortage the
    distilleries head for different solutions:  They introduce NAS editions
    containing much younger malts (so the same cask can be used much more
    often, e.g. twice for a 5 year old compared to a 10 year old) and the
    industry established a new category of virgin oak matured whisky (they
    use fresh wood like the bourbon distilleries - unfortunately this whisky
    somehow tastes more of a Bourbon than a Scotch, too).  But:  What else
    can you do if you have not enough good quality casks at your hands?

  3. Conmai scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    whiskysample.nlN: This one immediately transports me to a fresh, moist, autumnal morning in Ashdown forest. Although peaty, its never in danger of swamping the damp and wet green fern laden forest elements of the spirit or cask. Theres a floral note now, honeysuckle meets Pyracantha whilst the peat is opening to reveal the dirty oily floor of an engine room, indicative of this great distillery. As this dram opens up, the floral and peat notes become sweeter, thicker and dirtier - oozing sap and blossom as a further dose of warm peat drying and steaming in the sun wafts in and out like its being fanned by a stiff but sporadic breeze. That peat is complex, in fact its so integrated and integral to the malt itself, its hard to know whats what. The peat and spirit are one, but hows it working with the cask? At 63.1% you’d never know it. On the nose at least its ethanol soft but flavour wise its vibrant. The flavours lean towards soft and floral and whilst the cask seems tame. Its co-opererative influence is over the flavour rather than intensity and the result is interesting to say the least. Theres a curious mix of additional flavours including a light gardeners herbicide, veg stock and some dubious kitchen cooking alchemy  - brie in a Passata sauce [a cooking no-no let me tell you], and roast lamb with mint sauce too.[This whisky evolved so much during this tasting im starting a second session of nosing notes]. 

    Time passes……      Everything has settled down now and its much more ubiquitous. Buttery, peaty, [Castrol] oily malt, the fresh, [citrus] green elements are sweeter and the wood/peat/spirit interplay seems more balanced and integrated. Again, the peat wafts through, its not constant and so you get moments of a salty coastal breeze and mechanics overalls at sporadic and random moments. Its a great nose, what a journey.

    T: Boy, theres the 63.1%, needs water. This baby is so clean, intense and focused in flavour with fine ground pepper, fresh nettle green malt, salt, slightly charred old oily smoky oak reflecting the peats diminishing potency over the years. Despite its 28years its spirit led. As it opens up, theres much more of an intense thick, sweeter, peaty, peppery mouthful. It gets really hot this. Im resorting to water in the mouth pre sip making some mouthfuls a 50/50 split. This therefore dropped some mouthfuls to approximately 30% abv and its still utterly intense in body. i can’t say its overly complex or giving in flavour however. Ultimately its a harsh spirit led whisky from an almost inactive cask.

    F: The thick, sweet/fresh malt lingers, a touch of buttery & oily brine with aniseed and nettles becoming more and more salty and peppery [especially without water] until the Prestige - this ones a disappearing act! With a faint salty, smoked peaty saline finish, but almost nothing after 30 seconds.

    C: I’d never guess this was a 28yo or initially a Port Ellen. A blind tasting would probably have me stumped. I guess id have gone to Campbeltown first but as this opened up it became more PE like. By Port Ellen’s standards its not the best but certainly a good whisky with a stella nose. Thankyou Aby.

    On a side note - comparing this with a recent modern Ardbeg 10 [Oct ’14], these two belong to a completely different world of complexity.

    Scores a B

  6. MaltMartin scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A grassy PE.
    • Nose
      Very grassy. Leafy. Briny. Cucumber. Smoke. Flowering currants. Leathery notes as well.
    • Taste
      Very clean. Peat and tar. Barley sugar. Also citrus fruit of lemon and lime. Pine. Antispetic
    • Finish
      Not that long. Spearmint. Salty at the end.

  7. Sjors did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Shared Cask:  http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/23460/port-ellen-1982-3r

  8. addyhd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not a standard PE profile. Extremish ruhbery, the brine is there, complex , but doesnt taste as old as it is. Nice suprisingly different.

  9. addyhd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 82 points Super Administrator

    From an inactive cask. The taste is spirity and raw. Lots of minerals and not the citrus I like in Port Ellen.


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