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Overall rating
90.89/100
votes
31
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Diamonds
Vintage
1983
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
MoS 16055
Number of bottles
249
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
29 May 2017 6:07 pm by OpenBar_PMI
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1357.57

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1983 MoS

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.89 points

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This Port Ellen surprises me a lot: after all, he has spent 33 years in the barrel, but hardly anything is noticeable in the nose. It is dominated by citrusy aromas, some mint, the alcohol is also easy to remember. Behind it beautiful smoke, subtle vanilla and something meaty, umami. Salivation flows massively. Old leathery-dry notes are not felt. 15 minutes to breathe have done him very well. In the mouth it is honey sweet, behind it comes the smoke and then a neat peppery pungency, which is quickly displaced by a barrage of vanilla and burnt pastry notes. Ashy sweetness pours out of your nose. Briefly tickles the sharpness of the tip of the tongue again, before it goes into a long sweet-smoky finish. I like it very much. Clear structure, clear port Ellen profile, especially the nose is characteristic. That's the way whisky must be. 92 points

  2. Dottore scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This Port Ellen surprises me a lot: after all, he has spent 33 years in the barrel, but hardly anything is noticeable in the nose. It is dominated by citrusy aromas, some mint, the alcohol is also easy to remember. Behind it beautiful smoke, subtle vanilla and something meaty, umami. Salivation flows massively. Old leathery-dry notes are not felt. 15 minutes to breathe have done him very well. In the mouth it is honey sweet, behind it comes the smoke and then a neat peppery pungency, which is quickly displaced by a barrage of vanilla and burnt pastry notes. Ashy sweetness pours out of your nose. Briefly tickles the sharpness of the tip of the tongue again, before it goes into a long sweet-smoky finish. I like it very much. Clear structure, clear port Ellen profile, especially the nose is characteristic. That's the way whisky must be. 92 points

  3. Svenson scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Whiskydream.de has rated the Port Ellen of MOS:
    In the nose immediately the smell of grain and mash with well integrated smoke. It smells like you're standing in a granary or on a hayloft breathing deeply. This smell stays and does not change. It smells very clear of whisky from the past. The Bourbon barrel lets a slight sweetness resonate over everything. (89) In the mouth, the flavors continue. Hay (and grass) mixed with a decent portion of smoke! There are also tobacco notes. The taste remains long-lasting and full-bodied-satisfying and leads the connoisseur to a completely satisfied feeling. (90) In the finish, the whisky sounds slow and pleasant. (89) Overall rating: 89 points Conclusion: Rarely have I drunk such a straightforward, unagitated (it describes as rather "round") single malt. If only there was not the price (about 1000 €) ...
    More info: https://whiskydream-de.webnode.com/

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This 1983 Port Ellen is powerful stuff – whilst it’s had plenty of time to unwind and calm in its hogshead and therefore presents subtleties, the underlying spirit still shines through brightly here – Its big and bold, and packed full of coastal influence. I much preferred it without water at its natural strength, which was incredibly drinkable straight out of the glass.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/port-ellen/port-ellen-1983-33-year-old/
    • Nose
      Immediate pronounced smoke – with a profile partway between ashy/sooty and medicinal/coastal. A fair amount of salty air and minerality gives aromas of brine, rocky beaches and seafood stock. Zesty lemons and good dose of menthol temper both the smoke and the minerality into something a little more relaxed and controlled. Complexity is driven from a host of supporting aromas – sweet coastal honey, seaweed and some underlying meatiness. Quite lovely. A few drops of water brings out real earthiness (soils and forest mushrooms) as well as a light nuttiness – walnuts perhaps. Whilst water does change the composition, despite the ABV of 57.1%, I personally preferred this unaltered – the quality of the spirit and the depth of the maturation removing any hint of bite or alcohol rawness.
    • Taste
      Fresh, zingy and somewhat belying it’s three decades of maturation. Sharp lemons and pear juice are joined by sooty and ashy smoke – less than the nose would imply – rather restrained frankly. Rock pools, seaweed, kippers and seafood place this firmly in the coastal category and merge wonderfully with the fresh fruit flavours and deep, slightly earth peat. Wood comes out to play more on the palate – both planking and a few hints of furniture polish. Overall earthiness is quite high here – soils, wet leaves, mushrooms and a hint of dunnage warehousing. The addition of water smooths out the fruit flavours (I’m not sure that’s actually a good thing in this instance) and allows the underlying medicinal peat to really develop it’s TCP and hospital qualities.
    • Finish
      Super long and straight out of A&E – surface cleaner, bandages, ointments and rubber tubing –with some pepperiness coming through towards the end.

  5. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This Port Ellen is unquestionably one of the best "smokers" I have enjoyed so far. Winning even more in depth and elegance, you can enjoy it from a Bordeaux red wine glass.
    • Nose
      The smoke is immediately there. It is smoke of honeyed with honey crust. A formidable whisky connoisseur has recently written that the Caol Ila 13y, Gordon & MacPhail, Fassstark Inaugural Release, have a "PE nose" - now I know what that meant. However, the 57.1% are hardly noticeable here! Fantastically integrated, the light fresh meat notes mix with juicy light and dark grapes and also vanilla. And "old" does not matter for a second. In later breaths then also the mint freshness. Very special and very fine.
    • Taste
      The Port Ellen comes with a very elegant age or rather experience tingling on the tongue. The fleshy-spicy note develops immediately throughout the mouth, the honey-crusty hams are present in the second. Especially nice is the moment, when the lighter Bourbon fruit grow through and deliver a lively game with the tender smoky saltiness.
    • Finish
      The conclusion of the Nosingglas continues for me the taste profile. Acts "behind the scenes" even after ten minutes.

  7. mothers_finest scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Some citrus on the nose, a bit of smoke, bitter orange peel, minimal caramel, very restrained.
    A bit musty in the mouth, an association with Littlemill, ie bicycle tube, lime, a bit of wood, absolutely no burning, light, young ...
    Finish is medium long but brings nothing new. Maybe some cinnamon, citrus, minimal smokiness and a pleasant numbness of the palate at a later date. Tastes like a 0-8-15 whisky. Really nothing special ...
    The over 91 points are a joke and the price (999 €) is much more. What the name on the label can do ... Madness .... Blind the part here would not be over 86-87 points! That is my very honest opinion!

  8. Whisky&Art scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Another great whisky from this distillery. He is also a worthy representative of the Warehouse Diamonds series.
    • Nose
      Citrus notes, fresh and young. I would not have come for age. Little smoke, would have typed blind to a young Islay Malt. The alcohol does not bite.
    • Taste
      First burnt rubber, short disappointment and confusion, almost like a false note. But then, after a few minutes in the glass, it develops and explodes. Great flavors and a large, varied palette of flavors. Fruity apple notes, lots of citrus fruit and beautifully integrated alcohol, not aggressive. Very complex, so I definitely have to go to this whisky several times and that takes a lot of time. There is still much to discover. Allow time.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and little smoke. The citrus fruits dominate

  9. Whisky&Art scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. Whisky&Art scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    The first nose was fresh, citrusy, lime. It reminded me of a young Islay malt. The alcohol is well integrated and does not bite. The smoke rather discreet at the beginning, the citrus fruits, green apple and lime dominate.

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