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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 8 August 2013


Sitting here on a late Wednesday night, well its actually turned Thursday by now and have just opened a bottle of Brora from a single sherry butt... very befitting as I'll be doing a review from a distillery that closed the same year (1983) as Port Ellen.

Both were owned by the United Distillers aka Diageo these days... and many words from anoraks has been uttered in agony over the closure of these 2 distilleries. That said, I'm not gonna utter more - I'll just be happy with opportunities I've had to try Port Ellens (and Broras) and being able to go and open a bottle from these distilleries if I feel like it.

This Port Ellen was bottled around 6 years ago when Raymond Armstrong of Bladnoch Distillery was doing bottlings for the members of his online forum... this was before whisky prices went ape shit and this bottle of Port Ellen was aquired for about (without being sure) around £70-80 - great, eh? However, this is now all gone, but instead Raymond's son Martin (whiskybroker.co.uk) is bottling casks also at very decent prices...

Now on to the review...

Port Ellen Bay, Sea front warehouses and pagodas, 5th May 2011 © The Malt Desk
Port Ellen 1982 25yo (xx.11.2007) refill sherry butt#2036, 58,1%, 638 bottles, Bladnoch Forum

Colour is pale gold

Old citrus smell, almost OBE, fish box, dull peat, seaweed, salty, oily (petrol). Also some rum soaked fruit in there. After a while some pineapple notes appear among the peaty ones, also some kippery notes in there. Good balance between an almost slight medicinal side and fruity notes...

Arrives on citrus notes, peat, tar, shellfish, fishing docks, seaside moss, very mineraly.
Also some dried fruit (supermarket snacks). Old wet oak, spices and getting slightly herbal too. Some barley sugar and peat rounds the whole thing off. The finish is loooong on drying oak and peat.

A lovely expression, but not worth the money PE bottlings are collecting these days...


1 comment:

  1. Great review - and an honest one
    I fully agree on you comments about the inflated prices