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Port Ellen 7th Release

Overall rating 108 votes 92.67
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Collection
Vintage
1979
Bottled
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 5:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 400.65

1 bottle available

Lowest price on Market: £ 450.00

Buy in Market

206 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 24
Taste 24
Finish 23
Balance 24

Tastingtags

11 Notes

squaadgras
Connoisseur squaadgras Review note
23 Feb 2017 5:14 pm
squaadgras gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.9
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
91
Gearmailteach
Expert Senior Gearmailteach Tasting note
22 Dec 2016 8:19 pm
Gearmailteach gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Angenehmer Lagerfeuerrauch, der schnell zugunsten von Zitrusfrucht, Malz und grasig-floralen Noten in den Hintergrund rueckt. Eine angenehme Honigsueße laesst den Mund waessrig werden, dazu Trauben, Apfel und Aprikose. Im Hintergrund Vanille und Fudge, etwas Leder und Lakritz.

Sehr komplex.

Taste

Pur: Pfeffriger Antritt, abermals angenehmer Rauch. Oelig und schwer. DAnn sueßer werdend, Honig ueber Lakritzdropsen. Wiederum floral und leicht (Apfel/Zitrus)-fruchtig. Danach wieder Grasnoten und Malz, Das Lakritz wird zu Kaffeenoten, auch das Leder ist wieder da. Hinzu kommt Eichenwuerze.


Mit Wasser: Die Fruch nimmt zu, er wird leicht sueßer. Dann uebernimmt die Lakritze.

Finish

Lang und trocken. Rauch, Lakritz, Eichenwuerze, Leder und floral-grasige Klaenge.

Comments

Ein guter Islay Malt. Der koennte mir gefallen...ne, quatsch. Zu teuer.

"Ein Gemisch aus Whisky und Soda verdirbt zwei gute Sachen." - Sir Charles Lamb
Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Tasting note
14 Jun 2016 7:08 pm
Waykid gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Yellow gold
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.

Comments

Delicious, 91.

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
09 May 2016 9:55 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Yellow gold
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.

Comments

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.

steinrich
Expert Senior steinrich Review note
31 Oct 2015 9:57 am
steinrich gave this whisky 94 points
Weighted Rate
93.7
Nose
92
Initial taste
94
Body
95
Finish
95
Price
92
Presentation
93
St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
25 Apr 2015 8:46 am
St. Pauli gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Yellow gold
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.

Comments

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.

Cheers! Paul
eleiko5
Expert Senior eleiko5 Note
21 Apr 2015 3:24 pm
eleiko5 gave this whisky 94 points

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/

 

 

whiskyroma
Expert Senior whiskyroma Review note
09 Apr 2015 5:12 pm
whiskyroma gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92.4
Nose
93
Initial taste
92
Body
92
Finish
93
Price
91
Presentation
93
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Fight65
Expert Senior Fight65 Review note
27 Mar 2015 10:32 am
Fight65 gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
92.5
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
94
Finish
93
Price
90
Presentation
91
ricallende
Expert Junior ricallende Review note
21 Jun 2014 1:13 am
ricallende gave this whisky 99 points

I Maybe overating this whisky but I just can't help It...THIS IS A MASTERPIECE! A true Islay whisky!

Weighted Rate
99
Nose
97
Initial taste
100
Body
100
Finish
100
Price
98
Presentation
98

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