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Port Ellen 1980 CA

Overall rating
88.00/100
votes
8
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
08.1980
Bottled
01.1997
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask
Strength
62.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Dec 2012 9:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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92
Expert Senior bockel
91
Expert Junior Pranav3
89
Member Senior Tomatin1980
88
Expert Junior D_Meyer
88
Expert Senior whisky79
87
Expert Senior Yuxan
85
Connoisseur thijs100
81

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1980 CA

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I read a review of this whisky on Words of Whisky (by Thijs100) and was suprised by his unenthusiastic impression of this one. If I am not mistaken I provided Thijs with the sample and besides a closed bottle I still have a sample from a previous bottle which had been open since it come out commercially.

    To me, the big attraction of this particular Port Ellen is the young and fresh vibe I get from nosing and tasting it. It is full of Autumn and Earl Grey smells. Sipping this with my eyes closed I picture myself walking in a forest with crushing dry yellow leaves that have fallen from chestnut trees under my feet. The peat is not really dominant on the taste (early 80s after all, not much peat to be found in this era) and the finish is even undiluted a joy of balance and lingering warmth. I am not drinking Port Ellen, I don't care about collectable whisky, this is just a young to mid-age lightly peated from an era we won't see again. I highly recommend it, if you can find it. Score: 88 points.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Well, not all Port Ellen is stellar, although some people would like you to believe that. Just because it's from a closed distillery, that doesn't mean it's legendary whisky, right?
    • Nose
      Lots of minerals and somewhat waxy. Quite aggressive and prickly, but at such a high alcohol percentage, that's no surprise at all. Just a sliver of peat, and a whisper of brine, but otherwise this Port Ellen isn't very coastal at all. Hints of cookie dough, ripe apple and pear skin.
    • Taste
      Very dry, and somewhat sharp, with hint of crème brûlée, vanilla sugar and charred oak. Barely any peat, although it is plenty brine-y. Water doesn't change things much. It just isn't very complex.
    • Finish
      Dry. Medium in length

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