Port Ellen 1983 Old Bothwell (Cask 221)
Added on Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 07:51 PM
  Bottler: Old Bothwell
  Age: 26 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1983 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: $260 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Cask no. 221
Member Ratings and Notes
Nose:  Malt, light peat, light wine notes.
Palate:  Malty, salty and peaty, some background sweet notes. 
Finish:  Blowing Smoke.

Very Port Ellen.  Straightforward but good. 

Big smoke nose, forest, some wet dog, maybe a trace of menthol.


Palate is delish, a nice level of sweetness, with ash, smoke, and tar. What hits me distinctly here is big aspects of cigarette smoke, particularly in the super-long finish.


Compare to sister cask 220, which I like better and find more complex, though this is great.

N: Nectary peat with some floral aspects, light and delicate.
P: Deeelicous, has a lot of zest and a saltiness that accentuates the relatively light peat (relative to other PE's). 
F: A sweet / tart fruitiness in the finish.
I was suspect of this Old Bothwell line (I figured how can an independent bottler I've never heard of have great casks of PE sitting around), but I was totally wrong.  Great stuff. 
N:  Not great.  Sort of a moldy bathtub fighting lemon

P:  Unsweetened lemon and ashes.  Weak finish.  Unimpressive. 
Lots of brine, iodine, medicinal with sweet oily maltiness.  Caramel and soft yellow peaches  to compliment the islay notes. 
Finishes with tangy citrus and black licorice.
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