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Overall rating
90.25/100
votes
10
Whiskybase ID
WB34890
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
04.1981
Bottled
02.1998
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
62.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 Aug 2012 10:14 am
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 999.95

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1981 CA

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.25 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Rather soft peat initially... and after a few swirls... wham!!! The alcohol fumes smack you upside down, left, and right. Very light color indicating a somewhat inactive cask. The essence of Port Ellen, with no adulteration from any wine cask! Crushed stones, fresh lime juice, potent peat, some Chinese rubbing oil, a hint of menthol.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite potent indeed. Explosion of peat and lime juice. It's not very complex and is pretty straight forward, but you are drinking a rather naked, undiluted Port Ellen, and that's pretty rare. This is not to say it's not good, of course, but it's unlikely to be better than let's say a very good 30x yo Caol Ila, or the recent Caol Ila 22yo Feis Ile. Despite it's very high ABV, it is not harsh and in fact has a somewhat soft feel... perhaps due to over 22 years of bottle-aging?
    • Finish
      88 88
      Spicy and peppery aftertaste. Super long. What do you expect? Lingering lime and some herbal bitterness.

      The romantic in me wants to give this a 91 but I will defer for now. I do believe this is one of those bottles that will get better the longer it is opened.

  2. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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