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Overall rating 7 votes 92.20
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
The Kinship
Vintage
1982
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
34 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
545
Strength
61.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
10 Jun 2017 1:46 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2045.45

3 × in wishlist

Member rates

3 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

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Tastingtags

5 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
11 Jun 2017 2:31 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 points

PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE SHOPLINK!

There is only one place in the world where you can buy this whisky and this is the Ardnahoe Distillery Shop on Islay https://www.whiskybase.com/explore/shop/87495/ardnahoe-distillery-shop-islay.  They do not maintain a webpage nor do they ship the whisky - you simply have to be there personally.  This is part of their promotion of the new Ardnahoe distillery on Islay...

So please do not complain that this shoplink does not lead to a shop webpage (it links to the Ardnahoe distillery page instead)!  Thank you!

There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
11 Jun 2017 1:23 am
hs305 gave this whisky 89 points

[May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Jim McEwan tasting at the village hall of Ballygrant during the Feis Ile.

The colour is old gold and the texture shows fast thick legs and late fat tears.  The nose is a little punchy first but then offers a vanilla-toffee and spicy profile with some OBFs (nail varnish remover) and nice wooden notes.  The mouthfeel is creamy and coating - very charming with no distracting moments.  The taste is sweet on heather-honey and floral flavours with the typical slightly metallic (dry) feeling (I like that!).  Some spices can be found too (peppers, nutmeg).  The finish is long and layered on toffee and spices again, but a little bitter (tannins) and drying (metallic).

A really delicious dram to sip but the price is just ridiculous.  As a drinker I would not pay more than 200 Euro for such a bottle...

Weighted Rate
88.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
75
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
talyn256
Member Senior talyn256 Tasting note
03 Jul 2017 4:50 pm
talyn256 gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Thick candle wax, menthol, dried rosemary. New leather and citrus peel. Quite maritime in a minerally way - think chalky clifftops on a windy day. With water becomes more citrusy and a little soapy, like washing up liquid (but in a good way).

Taste

Lemon throat sweets, brown sugar, sour cherries and gentle wood smoke.

Finish

Tingly, ashy and long. Creamy oak and a touch of vanilla.

Comments

Frankly, I was a little concerned that this had spent 34 years in sherry. For my palate, that can really spoil a good whisky. Luckily, my fears are unfounded - this must've been a good quality refill cask and at the incredibly high ABV it must've had a remarkably slow and careful maturation over those years.


All in all, this is a really elegant and well-rounded whisky - classy, complex, and delivering all that coastal/citrus goodness you'd hope to get from a Port Ellen.

Remko
Expert Junior Remko Note
29 Jun 2017 10:37 am

Quote Whiskyfun.com - June 27, 2017


Port Ellen 34 yo 1982/2017 (61.7%, Hunter Laing, The Kinship, bourbon cask, 545 bottles) Five stars This baby from Hunter Laing’s new series that celebrates the beginning of the works at their new distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe. There’re also a Caol Ila, an Ardbeg, a Bowmore, a Bunnahabhain and a Laphroaig. We’ll try those as well, but I thought starting with the PE would carry more panache (any excuses, really). Oh and if they came up with 545 bottles from bourbon wood, it must be a small vatting rather than a single cask. Colour: pale gold. Nose: fruits rather than tar! That’s not unusual with the 1982s, they were often relatively light for PE, while most 1983s got fatter and tarrier again. Now don’t get me wrong, this still has more tar and plasticine than 99% of all other Scottish malts. Great notes of kelp, new floated wood, and perhaps mustard. With water: oh wet dogs (we owe you bags of croquettes, dogs) and muddy waters on Islay. Mouth (neat): totally tireless PE. This baby’s perfectly fresh, even youthful, showcasing an exceptional combination of sultanas (really), dried dates (really), seawater, tar liqueur, rhubarb juice, and massive amounts of green salted liquorice. These casks will never die, they could keep them until the year 2100. With water: careful, don’t drown it. What’s striking again is the fruitiness, you’ve got blood oranges coming out, guavas, pomegranates, cranberries… It’s possible that what happens with old Laphroaig after 25 years is happening with old PE after 35 years. Peat smoke’s transmutation, you know… Finish: long, still fruity and fresh. Granted, this is not Tomatin, but seriously, it’s, well, very fruity. And that’s lovely. Comments: extraordinary whisky, both when neat and when reduced, you can’t make much better on this little planet. Now I’m sure it’s very expensive – haven’t checked the price though. In the thousands, I guess. SGP:656 - 94 points.

Andytheband
Expert Junior Andytheband Note
16 Jun 2017 2:50 pm
Andytheband gave this whisky 92 points

A good Port Ellen, incredibile the ABV !!!!

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