Port Ellen 7th Release

Overall rating
92.28/100
votes
146
Whiskybase ID
WB17018
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Collection
Vintage
1979
Bottled
01.05.2007
Stated Age
28 years old
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
200 ml
Bottle code
L7 121 CR000
Barcode
5000281022529
Added on
15 jul 2010 5:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 538.23

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146 × member ratings

260 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 7th Release

23 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.28 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    A full fruit basket on the nose, quite non-smoky - probably one of the best PE I had so far - fantastic!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Fruity, apple, pear, melon, pineapple, passion fruit, green banana, papaya, hints of apricot, honeydew, also some citrus fruits, lemon peel, orange juice, spices, oak wood, whiffs of vanilla, almost no smoke - excellent!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Punchy, oily, very fruity, honey, good sweetness, more orchard fruits and tropical fruits, spices, pepper, ginger, some woody notes, cantaloup, lemon peel - delicious!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, very fruity, some spices, pepper, some oak wood, really faint smoky notes in the aftertaste - great!

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  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Barley sugars, sweet peat, candied citrus, hay, vanilla, some tropical notes, peach, apricot, white pepper, very good

  5. JeanChan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    92.5 pts.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Port Ellen H2H - 5 x Official Releases v 5 x Independent single cask offerings

    I like Port Ellen just as I like Brora, with both distilleries you can find some superb independent bottlings. With Brora there are also plenty of not so good IB but in my experience nearly all Port Ellen IB, especially those that are single cask, cask strength offerings nearly always are pretty good to excellent.
    In summary I expected The Bottlers offering to be very hard to beat and so it turned out, with the GM offering just behind but also excellent. It was also no surprise to me that the best of the official bottlings was the first RM bottle, the 20 year.
    I like the Official Port Ellens but they just lack a bit of sparkle compared to the best IB single casks.
    I liked the 8th Release better than most people do, it suited my palate and I think it is as good as the 10th Release which up until now was my favourite of the annual releases
    Tasted OB/IB/OB/IB and so on

    IB-1982 19 year 61.7% The Bottlers cask 570 -WB 2262- 92/94/95
    IB-1980 16 year 64.4% cask 5105-5110 GM WB 81216 – 92/94/94
    OB-1978 20 year 60.9% Rare Malts WB 4386 - 91/93/92
    OB-1978 29 year 55.3% 8th Release – WB 3994 – 90/93/92
    IB-1983 28 year 58.9% cask MoS 11011 Malts of Scotland WB 26723 – 91/92/91
    IB-1983 28 year 55.5% cask S1462 Silver Seal WB 30832 – 90/91/91
    OB- 1979 30 year 57.7% 9th Release WB 10610 – 89/91/90
    OB-1978 27 year 54.2% 6th Release WB 409 – 88/89/91
    IB-1979 36 year 56.6% cask 10914 Douglas Laing XOP- WB 73383 – 90/87/88
    Extra OB 7th Release 70cl 53.8% WB 638 – 89/88/87
    IB-1979 36 year 56.6% cask 10914 Douglas Laing XOP- WB 73383 – 90/87/88
    OB-1979 28 year 54.7% 7th Release (20cl bottle) – WB 17018 – 88/87/86

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with a few small drops of water.

    Nose
    The nose is a little too light and not that expressive, hints of brine and lemon but not much else, strange?
    Palate
    Plenty of peat and pepper on show with hints of lemon, but again like the nose not much else is coming out.
    Finish
    Just peat now and some bitter lemon, quite long but not that interesting.

    Tried it neat next to be sure and it is a little better neat but still lacks star quality, it is sweeter so scores a little higher neat.

    I wonder if the 70cl bottle with a slightly lower abv (53.8%) is any different?

    Yes it has more pepper but again not enough overall
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. ailean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    23-23-23-23

  11. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    For the second time rated with Päddy @ home
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
      IT: 92
      B: 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  12. Patrick93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  13. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A little overhyped maybe, but definitely very good. The range of flavors sometimes seems a bit wild. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/06/24/port-ellen-ad-lib/

  14. SFWC scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good PE. Best of the Diageo vattings imo. Worth the hefty price tag? Of course not.

  15. bachmann1 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 700,- Pound Sterling (without Tax)  @Swa in Feb. 2018

    https://www.scotchwhiskyauctions.com/auctions/120_the-82nd-auction/198070_port-ellen-7th-annual-release-1979-28-year-old-20cl/

  16. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  17. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A good Islay malt. He might like me ... nope, nonsense. Too expensive.
    • Nose
      Pleasant campfire smoke that quickly recedes in favor of citrus, malt and grassy floral notes. A pleasant honey sauce makes your mouth water, plus grapes, apple and apricot. In the background vanilla and fudge, some leather and licorice. Very complex.
    • Taste
      Pure: Pfeffriger onset, again pleasant smoke. Oily and heavy. Getting drunk, honey over liquorice drops. Again floral and light (apple / citrus) fruit. Then again grass notes and malt, the liquorice becomes coffee notes, and the leather is back. In addition comes Eichenwuerze.
      With water: The fruit increases, he gets slightly sweeter. Then take the liquorice.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Smoke, licorice, oak, leather and floral grassy sounds.

  18. Waykid scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, 91.
    • Nose
      Savoury peatsmoke with fresh lime & lemon. Takes quite alot of water, holds the form and opens up beautifully. Granny Smith, hints of lime (calcium carbonate), chalk-liquorice (a candy), almond-milk, honey, fresh rosemary. The smokiness turns sweeter. This is very good peat smoke, rounded and soft, not a bruiser. Fruity and almost candied: the citrus-apple side talks loudly.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke. Honey, citrus-tee powder, piquant chalkiness, a bit of air-dried ham, celery, salmiak-liquorice, gently round and sweetish. A little chocolate, pecan nuts. An interesting paraffiny nuttiness.
    • Finish
      Gentle and round maltiness, citrus. Rather long.

  19. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I find I have to grade the two the same. The Askaig is oilier and woodsmokier and somehow more present in the mouth but the Ellen has more detail. Both leave an impression of unusually high quality whisky matured to perfection.
    • Nose
      7th release from the 20cl Islay Collection bottle with a slightly higher ABV of 54,7%. This great whisky deserves time and attention, and a good sparring partner so I'm putting it against Port Askaig 25. Both are presumably ex-bourbon origin and >20yo Islays.

      Askaig 25 is at 1st nosing gently coastal and citrusy, slightly salty and smoky, somewhere between woodsmoke and smoked fish but not bold smoked fish like Laga or Jura can have. 

      Ellen tends more to pool smells, then apple, blackpepper, cinnamon, tar, burnt paper. This reminds me a bit of Ardbeg 1975-2000 and like it feels quite smooth instead of a heavy hitter. A bit of salmiak and noticeable salinity.
    • Taste
      Of the two Ellen is drier. Neat it feels like alcohol masks the best parts, and water is recommended as it tones down the ammonia side a bit and makes the wood notes more present, and what a nice taste of wood it is. Well aged but not overshot or stale. Even with water the taste stays dry though. Wonderfully condensed and active taste for a 28yo whisky but the dryness does take a few points away from it. Askaig, basically an elderly and more complex version of the profile you find in the 12yo OB Caol Ila, fights back so well it's really quite surprising.
    • Finish
      Xylitol. Some fruit. Lasting but not very intense. There is depth here, and some time in the glass with water loosens it up some more so best not be in a hurry.

  20. steinrich scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  21. St. Pauli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A truly big one from Port Ellen, yet friendly. It's never austere and heavy on tar and peat, but very mature. It is very complex, which is good. Adding water changes the balance, releasing the peat and iodine more. Highly recommendable.
    • Nose
      Oooo, delicious! Very complex. It's malty (sweet, rich barley), grassy, woody (oak, vanilla cream, old books), feinty (wax) fruity (pear drops), oily (almonds), mineral (stones on a shore), briny (iodine, farm) at first. After resting, the mineral notes vanish and hints of peat and tar arise. And well, there's also some star anise, sweet...
    • Taste
      Full, round on the entire palate. The waxiness from the oak becomes dominant, the fruit plays the 2nd violin. The malt seems more tarry/peaty now. After resting, I taste mainly the iodine, farm, star anise, herbal liquor, sugared malt and fruits.
    • Finish
      Not as intense as I've hoped for. It's returning, though only mildly. Here's the part where the peatyness becomes increasingly dominant, but not replacing the waxiness and oiliness of almonds. The fruit remains present too, leaving a friendly character. Again, the more you wait, the peatier, saltier, farmier it gets but all in a controlled way.

  22. eleiko5 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen 28 yo 1979 ‘7th release’
    (54,7%, OB 2007, 20cl)

    Nose: this one seems to be more floral, with much more vanilla. A great balance between the coastal notes (tarry ropes, seaweed) and candied notes. Big big vanilla. Lots of almonds and marzipan. Sweetened lime juice. Whiffs of mint. I adore this combination, it’s like peated candy. Mouth: this is the most complex Port Ellen in this trio. The candied notes remain, but they’re mingled with herbal notes (ginger, soft pepper), liquorice, Lapsang Souchong… Rather delicate peat. Some notes of cocoa. Finish: long, a tad more coastal now. Dry hints of oak and walnut skin.

    A nice crescendo, starting soft and feminine (close to the Port Ellen 9th release in that respect) but growing stronger on the palate. Outstanding composition and one of the best (explicitly) peated drams I’ve come across.

    My personal favourite because of the wide flavours and the stunning nose. Still available in some places. Around € 275.

    Score: 94/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2010/port-ellen/port-ellen-7th-release-1979/

     

     

  23. whiskyroma scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  24. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  25. ricallende scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    I Maybe overating this whisky but I just can't help It...THIS IS A MASTERPIECE!
    A true Islay whisky!
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  26. Willie JJ scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose at full strength is wonderful, but it doesn't quite follow through elsewhere. I'd happily drink a lot of it though.
    • Nose
      Hmm this is a really nice PE. It has that elderly heavily peated Islay
      nose like a hospital situated in a coastal farmyard. Lovely. The
      shellfish and candied fruit mingles with the iodine soaked barley
      sugars, salt air and peat fires. There is a mustiness, but its the smell
      of old barns. All together the nose is stunning. I love it. A spot of
      water frees the malt, increases the hospital notes and crushes the
      balance.
    • Taste
      Initial farmyard delivery with fruit pastilles, but then its a bit
      tight. Water increases the sweetness and smokiness but does little to
      improve the dram.
    • Finish
      Heavily smoked sugar. Very long. Water makes it more mouth watering, but
      I can't explain why. It lengthens it but doesn't really seem to bring
      out specific flavours. It's very engaging though.

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