Port Ellen 1983 32 year old (Diageo Special Release 2015), 53.9%
Price: $3700 ● Issue: Winter 2015 ● Reviewer: Dave Broom
Matured in refill European oak sherry butts, this year's Special Release has more weight than many previous expressions and a fascinating smokiness that comes across like a just-lit fire: fire lighter, burning paper, fire grate, and wood smoke. The more active oak adds walnut skin notes and rich dried fruits before the smoke returns. All very sophisticated with enough sweetness to balance. Excellent, but, ouch, that price!