Port Ellen 1983 Signatory
Added on Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 07:50 PM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 27 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1983 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 55.70 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
02/20/1983       09/04/2010       Wine Treated Butt       Cask no. 231       501 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

Nose is rounder than a typical PE of this age, lush, with nectary-sweetness intertwined with fireplace, shoe polish, and oily stuff.


Palate is outstanding and completely delivers. Earthy, peaty, and dirty. Smokey and great. But none of that is overwhelmingly annoying. Mixed with berries, fruit, citrus. Medicinal stuff sometimes. Mile chocolate as it opens up. Nice complexity here.


Then peppery and tangy in the finish, ashy in a great way, very long. 


The cask description on this sounds kinda gimmicky and suspect, but it's actually a must-buy if you can. Lots to enjoy and discover. Whatever a "wine treated butt" is, I'd like to treat my butt the same way. A-/A and I wouldn't be surprised if I later upgrade this rating.

Nose:  Peat, malt, light sweet notes
Palate:  Bang with the peat!  A bit must, a bit sweet, all of it hanging on there, then yielding to spicy notes, pepper and even some herbs.
Finish:  Lumps of coal, a bit of bitterness but not in a bad way, like dark chocolate.

Nicely done, full of flavor. 

N: Something like dried basil on smoked meat.
P: Quite peaty, but sort of muted by a pseudo sherry like flavor.
F: And after taste of strawberries?

I'm struggling a bit here with descriptors as this unusual wine treatment has definitely contributed some unusual flavor notes.  They are subtle but detectable.   I wonder, however, if I would have enjoyed this more or less if it had been matured more traditionally.


N: Oceanside pool

P:  Salty butterscotch (stronger on the salt)  Simple and peppery .  Lots of fumes.  Thin mouthfeel.  B/B+


Fish oil, wet hay, brine, asphalt and preserved fruits, medical notes and ash

Sweet cinnamon and peaty goodness with an oily long sweet finish and some tar

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