Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Label
Stated Age
15 years old
64.7 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
SC 247
Bottled for
Meregalli Import
Added on
24 Nov 2010 4:16 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 7800.00

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45 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1969 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.73 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Marzipan, espresso, vanilla, orange peel, coastal peat, so many layers and packing so much punch, definitely one the best port Ellen out there, amazing

  2. checkpointrk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  3. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    whiskyfun in 2007:

    Port Ellen 15 yo 1969/1985 (64.7%, G&M for Intertrade)  A rather young Port Ellen from the very first years since last reopening, and at very high strength! Let’s fasten our seatbelts… Colour: pale gold. Nose: superb notes of roasted coffee beans when holding my glass at a good 10cm away from my nose as well as newly cut apples and fresh almonds but let’s not tempt fate and add a little water… Oh yes, it’s superb. All on coal, peat, metal polish, tar (not a very bold one, that is), mint, camphor… Exceptional. Mouth (neat): hardly drinkable at full strength but the few ‘pearls’ I took into my mouth revealed fantastic notes of kumquats and pu-erh tea as well as, again, marzipan. With water: censored by the Anti-maltoporn police. Let’s just add ‘lots of salt at the long finish’ and ‘absolutely stellar’. Ah, if only G&M had not diluted whole stashes of 1969 or 1970 PE’s for their CC series (and consorts) at the time… But ‘other times, other realities’ I guess. 96 points.

  4. Jeep51 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Huge ! huge power, complexity. And what about balance, we feel (almost) not the 64.7%.
    • Nose
      Pretty huge. First, alcohol is really well integrated. Aromatic is overpowering on iodine, sea spray, seawater, fishing nets. Mineral and lemon as well. It is really a crazy complexity because we also find a peat discrete but very present. This one is fat, almost medicinal, paved. At aeration, it becomes more citrus, more sharp. Extra
    • Taste
      Bwah. Empowered too. For me, here, it is mainly peat that expresses itself. Grasse, camphor, very camphoric, liquorice, it's really impressive. We find the iodine, seaweeds, oyster shells, and ... a hint of coffee. What power.
    • Finish
      Looooongue, more on a big smoke and ash. Slightly saline. Candied lemon enters the dance too. Endless.

  5. Dede scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Something to bang your ass on the floor, no more and no less. Huge.
    • Nose
      It starts on iodine galore, a real seafood platter, then peat makes its entry, a peat more farm than expected, powerful and fat. It quickly becomes thinner, delicate, while the fruits appear, especially grapefruit, but also more exotic aromas (passion, papaya). Alcohol is not aggressive despite almost 65
    • Taste
      The first thing that marks is the integration of alcohol. True, it's powerful, but never aggressive. The texture, very oily, makes this malt extremely pleasant in the mouth. And dangerously drinkable. In terms of aromas, we find the fruity nose (grapefruit, passion), a fine peat, iodine ... Waow! Water changes the profile less in the mouth than in the nose. A bit more tar, but it is much less marked. Problem: it is really drunk on its own ...
    • Finish
      Very long, more iodized than the mouth, salty, and nicely marked by a beautiful bitterness liquorice without crushing the fruit.

  6. tomy63 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    The best Port Ellen I've ever tasted, and even the best whisky. Thank you very much Piazzo!
    • Nose
      Opens on a big fruity, surprising for a Port Ellen, with a lot of citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit) and some exotic fruits (passion fruits). Then indented, we feel a rather fine peat, an iodized side and a medicinal side (camphor). When we add water we lose the fruity side and the whisky becomes more austere, more peaty and medicinal with tar, as if we were going from an old Bowmore to an Ardbeg.
    • Taste
      Huge power but never be burning, a drop is enough to line the entire palace. Very complex, always fruity that makes it very easy to drink mixed with a marine side with peat and still camphor.
    • Finish
      Endless final. The empty glass remains fruity but a little more candied, with a little chocolate and almonds after several hours, the peat evaporates slowly.


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