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Specifications

Colour:

Whisky

Producer:

Port Ellen

Region:

Whisky

Appellation:

Islay

Port Ellen, 1983, 32 Year Old, Islay, (15th Release), 1983

1x70cl £2,079.17

4 bottles

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Tasting Note:

Like some memory of a fiery event, this sweet, intense, enigmatic and uncompromising Port Ellen displays a complex tour de force of aromas and flavours; it has a profound smokiness, more easily approached with water: deeply complex and carrying its years elegantly, this is an outstandingly dark expression, exceptional both as a Port Ellen and by any standards.

Appearance: Polished teak. Good beading.

Nose: Immediate, intense and very complex. At first it’s deeply fruity, with red apple skins or fresh pears in wine. Presently a rich toffee note develops, over a waxy mineral base that becomes beach-like (hot sand, sea air, seaweed, bonfire ash) as the assault grows. Meanwhile, away from the beach, soft liquid brown sugar mud-wrestles menthol while dried orange peel, fruitcake and far-off fresh clean notes, soon joined by toffee, honey and ripe autumnal fruits, look on from seats of ex-sherry wood. Beautifully honeyed with water, as the toffee is wreathed in wood smoke to yield a sweet pungency, with just a memory of malt.

Body: Medium.

Palate: Wonderful at natural strength. Sweet, prickly and drying, with a great mix of wood ash, burnt jam tarts, treacle toffee and caramelized orange. Then yet more all-pervading smoke with a spicy-herbal complex featuring cloves. Water makes things cooler and milder yet doesn’t alter the well-balanced flavour profile. Dark toffee first, then smoked meats, kippers, ash and cleansing phenols.

Finish: Long, cooling and complex: drying, yet also coating. Instantly appetising, with toffee apple, burnt toast, lemon zest, ripe red apples, a burnt plum tart. Deeply herbal and heavy with wood smoke, which is softer with water: minty now, with barley sugar, while the charred toast is spread with honey.

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