Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release) 70 cl / 53.9 % Schottland
32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery that was mothballed in 1983 and never reopened. The whisky comes from the final year of production. Matured in refill European oak butts it's a release of 2,964 individually numbered bottles. Highly sought after, there won't be too many more releases of this legendary malt.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: More creamy and less green or coastal this year with complex caramels, just a hint of smoke and some menthol edge.
Palate: It just grows and grows with each sip. Hints of coconut initially before those deep, sometimes dark caramels take centre stage augmented by a plethora of rich juicy prunes and dates, treacle, honey, raisins... All totally integrated.
Finish: Dry, earthy oak before it becomes slightly cooling (perhaps a return of that menthol character).
Overall: Quite a departure from the '78s of the last two years, but a triumphant and eminently drinkable one even at full strength. Plenty of European oak influence, oodles of complexity.
Port Ellen 32YO 1983 Details
Country Scotch Whisky
Region Islay Whisky
Distillery Port Ellen
Bottler Port Ellen
Age 32 year old Whisky
Distillation Date 1983
Style Single Malt Whisky