Port Ellen 1982 31 YO Old Particular
Port Ellen 1982 31 YO Old Particular, 51,5 %
Here's another new bottling from Douglas Laing. The whisky tested this time is a rare Port Ellen 1982 31 YO Old Particular. It was distilled in May 1982, and bottled in August 2013. It has been slightly reduced in strength to 51,5 %, which is the norm for older whiskies in the Old Particular series. The cask reference is DL9964.
This whisky is still available online at around GBP 700, and a few bottles will be released in the Vinmonopolet stores in Norway in May 2014 at NOK 6500.
Nose (24/25): Mild and seductive smoke, milk chocolate, a hint of sweet fruits and oak. I pick up some smoky chili here as well; Aleppo chili - mild with a warm smoky fragrance. It is a whisky that is teasing and taunting my poor nose with it's delicious aromas. You need to give this whisky some time in the glass. Savor it, enjoy your time with this rare liquid. There's definitely a candy store nearby, and beyond that, a doctor's office overlooking a surf tormented shore.
Taste (23/25): The smoke is very mild and subdued here as well. The milk chocolate carries over from the nose, and I find white pepper, mild chilies (more Aleppo chili), caramel, citrus, salt and a hint of oak.
Finish (22/25): Caramel is more pronounced on the finish, and the smoky starts thickening somewhat. A hint of ashes, oranges and lime. Long and drying finish.
Balance (23/25): Port Ellen from Douglas Laing very rarely disappoints, and with this release they have certainly brought out a quality whisky yet again. Prices are really getting silly for Port Ellen, though. I have a distinct feeling that within 3-4 years I will no longer be able to afford tasting whiskies from this closed distillery.
Sláinte! - Thomas