Port Ellen 7th Release

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Collection
Stated Age
28 years old
54.7 % Vol.
200 ml
Bottle code
L7 121 CR000
Added on
15 Jul 2010 5:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 432.98

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 7th Release

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.38 points

  1. bachmann1 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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


  2. 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/

  3. 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.

  4. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. steinrich scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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





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