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Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1982 Silver Seal 2003 - 40% 70cl

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Description

This 20 Year Old Post Ellen single malt was distilled in 1982 and makes part of the extremely rare series of manager reserve bottles produced by Silver Seal.

The Port Ellen distillery is located in Port Ellen on the isle of Islay, Scotland.

Port Ellen was established as a malt mill in 1825, and then developed as a distillery under John Ramsay from 1833 to 1892.

The warehouses he built still exist and are now listed buildings. The distillery was acquired by the Distillers Company Limited in 1925, was closed in 1930 and rebuilt in 1966/1967.

It continued in production throughout the 1970s and was closed in 1983,although supplies of its single malt whisky are still available.

The distillery houses a malting which continues to supply all Islay distilleries, as per an agreement signed in 1987.

The dwindling stocks of Port Ellen whisky are now owned by Diageo; due to the closing of the distillery, its whisky is because of its quality a collectors item.

This is one of only 360 bottles. 

Please note as this is a vintage whisky, conditions of bottle/label and liquid level can vary.

Tasting Notes

Nose: A crisp, lively nose with gentle spice to the peat-reek. Salty and nutty, chunky iodine, ripe pears.

Palate: Explosive stuff with heavy, chewy peat. Nothing like as complex as the nose but the vanilla does offer a calming diversion.

Finish: Good age with intense vanilla lingering on a higher layer than the deeper, yet sweeter peat.