PORT ELLEN 35 ans 1982 30th Anniversary S.V 55,1%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 55191

Founded in 1825, the Port Ellen distillery belonged to the Ramsay family until 1920. After closing in 1930, it was brought back to life in 1967, increasing the number of stills from two to four. In 1983, the distillery was completely dismantled. Its single malt enjoys cult status throughout the world and the recent announcement of its imminent reopening in 2020 caused an understandable stir in the whisky world. Distilled on 2 September 1982, this bottling from Signatory Vintage is a true masterpiece. The palette of flavours and aromas is elegant and delicate, yet rich and complex.

Profile: the rich and immensely beautiful initial nose is intensely smoky, animal, tarry and herbaceous. Allowed to breathe, it becomes increasingly complex. The radiant attack is peaty, fruity (pear, lemon, bramble) and camphoric. Gradually it reveals a luscious side (sage). The long finish is vanilla, saline and peaty. The particularly malty retronasal olfaction highlights an incredibly delicate mouthfeel. Single Cask no. 2040 – Refill Sherry Butt. Exclusive to LMDW.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : deep golden yellow.
  • Nose : ample, rich. With immense beauty, the initial nose is intensely smoky, animal (smoked fish), tarry, malty, lemony and herbaceous (samphire). Allowed to breathe, notes of tobacco, saffron, vanilla and ash beautifully complete the extremely dense and deep olfactory picture. The finesse and sensitivity with which all of these aromas nuance the aromatic palette is simply breath-taking. The longer it is left to breathe, the more complex the nose becomes. So much so that tasters will hesitate to move on to the palate.
  • Palate : dense, radiant. In unison with the nose, the attack boasts impressive concentration, finesse and complexity. Peat, of course, takes the leading role. And yet its partners play much more than just a secondary role. They include citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon), aromatic plants (verbena, sage), fleur de sel, crisp pears, a handful of black fruits (bramble, blackcurrant), artichoke hearts and blue agave. Much later, camphor and grey pepper bring energy to the end of the palate.
  • Overall : long, intense. Both vanilla and luscious (rosemary), the finish reveals a quite dry peat that is above all coated in salt and seaweed. It is very expressive, evoking the flavours of a seafood platter. It lingers with notes of condiments (green olive, samphire). With remarkable herbaceous freshness, the retronasal olfaction invites us to breathe in the barley aromas of a malting floor. Artichoke heart returns in force and highlights the fleshy mouthfeel. The empty glass is floral (lily), roasted (tobacco), vanilla, rooty (ginger, gentian) and smoky (chimney smoke).
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The brand

Built in 1824 in the south of the Isle of Islay, Port Ellen was the site of numerous technological experiments that revolutionised the whisky industry in the 20th century. Closed between 1930 and 1969, it opened a malting centre on its site in 1973 tasked with supplying all the distilleries on the island with smoky malted barley. Again closed in 1983, Port Ellen lost its production licence in 1992 and, with it, all hope of ever producing whisky again. At the beginning of the millennium, the majority of its buildings were knocked down, leaving only the pagodas and warehouses. Though the end of the 90s and the beginning of the millennium were a prosperous time for single cask, cask strength versions from independent bottlers, this very iodine and smoky malt has become increasingly rare over the last five years.



Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.


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A l'occasion de son 30e anniveraire, Signatory Vintage nous livre une sélection de ses 26 plus beaux fûts, choisis parmi des milliers. Les single malts de cette collection, en provenance des distilleries les plus prestigieuses d'Ecosse, sont chacun mis en carafe à parti d'un fût unique, à leur degré naturel, sans filtration ni coloration, afin d'en préserver tout le caractère. Chaque bouteille est numérotée à la main et signée, dans la plus pure tradition de Signatory Vintage.
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