Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
The Kinship - Edition No. 6
Stated Age
34 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
61.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 jun 2017 1:24 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2890.13

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13 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 1982 HL

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.00 points.

  1. Aaltare scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Had quite a lot of PE before so I poured a dram into the glass, expecting another great PE as usual.
    Then......the nose! What the hell! PE, of course, but what a bunch of aromas never smelled before. Very few peat, but freshly cut wood, blood orange cests, topped with a hint of acacia honey.
    Then the first little sip: Oh my god, what a malt!
    On one side deep as the ocean, on the other fresh and young as if it was a 10 or 12 year old.
    Alfred Hichcock transported "suspense" in his films and that's exactly what this dram gives to the palate.
    Dave Broom called it "disappointing" what I can't agree with at all.
    Ok, it is different from most of the other PE, but in my opinion that makes its attractivity.
    And all that with 34 years and an ABV of more than 61!
    How could that be?
    I really do hope that Hunter Laing have preserved a second cask of that wonderful stuff and release it - let's say - at the age of 40.
    I'm quite sure that the ratings then will almost touch the sky.

  2. talyn256 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  3. Andytheband scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

    ...and it was a really delicious dram to sip but the price is just ridiculous.  As a drinker I would not pay more than 200 Euro for a bottle of such drinking quality (back in 2017), maybe 250 Euro now in 2021. Leave it for collectors and investors, there is better stuff to quaff out there (at today's price level).
    • Nose
      90 90
      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.
    • Taste
      91 91
      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).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The mouthfeel is creamy and coating - very charming with no distracting moments. The finish is long and layered on toffee and spices again, but a little bitter (tannins) and drying (metallic).


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