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Port Ellen 1983/2011

(58.9%, Malts of Scotland, Bourbon Hogshead, C#11011, 267 Bts.)
Average Score: 86
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryPort Ellen
BottlerMalts of Scotland
Brand NamePort Ellen
Year Distilled1983
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume58.9%
Other DetailsBourbon Hogshead
Cask Number#11011
Bottles267
Issued2011
Average Score86


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson78
Konstantin Grigoriadis87
Ho-cheng Yao87
Rich Howard93
David Wankel81
Keith Wood89
Oliver Klimek87
Ralf Mitchell83


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonA bit on the sour side. Hm, mashy, slightly fermented apple juice? A bit odd nose here. Apricots? Quite stingy taste, high abv? Oily and the somewhat odd style returns here. Not bad, but not really natural either.
Rich Howardsweet smoked caramel, and plenty of wood smoke as well, vegetal with forest floor and wet leaves in fall, wet rocks, whiffs of sea salt, hints of varnish and varnished wood. the palate is rich, sweet, smokey, spicy, with everything from the nose and more. a drop of water brings out sweet vanilla creme on the nose, lightly toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, still hints of smoky salted caramel and those vegetal notes of wet leaves. the palate is still glorious: sweet, smoky, sooty, salty and spicy, with even more smoke and varnished oak on the finish. summary: yes. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Light yellow gold - Nose: Almost farmy and quite leafy to start but a light smokiness soon develops. After more time the leafiness expands to include grasses and hay which then develop a lightly perfumed character. - Palate: Very creamy mouth-feel with some light pepperiness. A suggestion of liquorice and treacle toffee all shrouded in a light smokiness. - Finish: Long and vibrant. - Overall Impression: An excellent example of Port Ellen.