Single Malt Whisky Reviews from Australia

Cadenhead Ardbeg 17yr 1994 & Chieftain’s Port Ellen 24yr 1982 Whisky Review

An early 1990’s Ardbeg and a Port Ellen. No time for formalities, lets get straight to it.

Notes - Cadenhead Ardbeg 17yr 1994 “Cask Ends”

Eye: White wine

Nose: Very mineral, salt and restrained peat. Hints of citrus with some cured meat in the background. Agave notes.

Palate: Citrus lemon with a light honeyed edge. The perfect amount of ashy camp fire smoke.

Finish: Very well balanced, long finish. Lemon brine and ashy camp fire smoke is the best way to describe it. Very maritime.


Distillery: Ardbeg
Age: 17yr’s Old
Region: Islay
Distillation Date: 1994
Bottler: Cadenhead
Cask: Bourbon
ABV: 56.8%

What an absolutely smashing example of early 1990’s Ardbeg. If you can find it, or any other early 90’s Ardbeg, you will not be disappointed with the purchase.

Notes - Chieftain’s Port Ellen 24yr 1982

Eye: Light amber

Nose: Iodine and Peat absolutely bursting with Lemon. Very maritime and very Port Ellen. With water it settles a bit and some vanilla cream comes through.

Palate: Waves of restrained peat smoke party with sweet lemon candy. Brine and full on ocean then rush in to take the stage.

Finish: Just perfect. Oily and mouth coating, full of lemon sweetness and maritime peat reek.


Distillery: Port Ellen
Age: 24yr’s Old
Region: Islay
Distillation Date: May 1982
Bottling Date: November 2006
Bottler: Chieftain’s
Cask: Hogshead #1513
ABV: 59.4%
Limited: 300

Fantastic Port Ellen but I expected nothing less. Could nose it all night long. I need to get another bottle or two in the collection before prices go up further. It really is a special whisky.

Music selected for these drams is from Parliament. Gotta love that funk.

Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

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