- Single Malt
- Ian Macleod (IM)
- Bottling serie
- Chieftain's Choice
- Stated Age
- 24 years old
- Number of bottles
- 59.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 08 Oct 2007 6:43 pm
6 × in wishlist
25 × member ratings
16 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1982 IM
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.87 points
- Chewing Gum
Chieftain’s is, as you are probably aware, is one of the labels by Ian Macleod Distillers – independent bottler and also distillers as they own Tamdhu & Glengoyne and are currently working hard to revive Rosebank. This Port Ellen was released already in 2006 and thus totally extinct.
Lovely, smoky nose with hints of flinkts, lemon acid, hay, salt (but less than expected) and the paper of a freshly printed book. I can smell the yeast, without it becoming disturbing. Dried roses. Orange blossoms with a hint of vase water. Again: it does not disturb. This is quite intruiging, in fact. Sweet malt and caramel appear and become surprisingly bit, upholstered with strawberry gum, making the nose very sweet. This is very pleasant.
Syrupy on the palate, but very big. Picquant on pepper, salt, nutmeg with hints of curry. Citrus becomes dominant (lemon, lime), while licquorice and green tea join the fray. All of this against a smoky background with a slight bitterness of the wood. Very complex and satisfying.
The typical salty notes of Port Ellen are somewhat subdued in this grand finish, by citrus and hay, but the balance is perfect. The bitterness at the death is sublime.
My god, this is truly out of this world!
- N: Tried this straight after PE 25yo 1979 DL 1344. Similar Talisker like yeastiness and sweetness, but thicker in sweet caramel. Dusty again, with witch hazel, a touch of citric acid, blending wonderfully with the caramel. Very fresh seaside salty ozone well balanced with the sweet citrus. Very yeasty, malty with a touch of pond water. Overall its very dense with the peat and other notes very closely packed together. A touch of chewing gum
T: Sweet, rich and full bodied arrival, following up with dense, lively salt crystals, acute citric acid and grassy herbals - chard too. Opening out, some pepper, blossoming, changing, moving. I can only describe the movement like the sensation when you cycle up to a top of a sharp hill and almost immediately start a quick and sharp descent from the top. Whoosh.
F: That familiar PE saline note quickly appears with the sweet caramel and citrus perfectly intact with the same balance as on the nose. Peppery citrus and wood bitters at the death, very vibrant to the last with a touch of aniseed sweetness and chewed chewing gum. Some grassy smokiness joining the peppery saline notes at the death. Unfortunately stagnant water then lingers.
C: More simple than other PE’s I’ve tried. In a blind tasting id call this as a Talisker 10’ although overall this PE is more vibrant and refined than that. This Chieftan’s cask does lack complexity on the nose although it displays a good balance throughout. Theres a hint of ‘journey dram’ greatness here but its too short lived and that lingering stagnant saline note at the death isn’t desirable.
Scores a B
- I agree with "aby". It must be cask no. 1513. not 1519.
- N: grass, butter, cake (baking mix), peat, salted sunflower seeds, iodine and fruity - peach, mango and banana
T: honey, smoke, puffed wheat and lemon
F: ashes, rye and fresh coffee beans
tasted with Aby
sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
- This is probably cask no. 1513 instead off 1519
nose: briny, yellow fruit (bananas, mango), after a while: a bit iodine, grass, butter and cake batter
taste: a bit dry, citrus, spices
overall: a superb nose and a very good taste 92p.
and available as sample on whiskysample.nl (sorry, that ship has sailed)