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Port Ellen 1975 Sa

Overall rating 13 votes 87.82
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Samaroli (Sa)
Vintage
1975
Bottled
1998
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
744
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Nov 2010 4:47 pm

Average value

€ 909,66

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My 4 x 25 ratings

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1

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Tastingtags

2 Notes

GLEN MAUR
Connoisseur GLEN MAUR Note
09 Aug 2017 9:20 am

Tasting note by Serge Valentin

Port Ellen 23 yo 1975/1998 (45%, Samaroli, 744 bottles) Colour: white wine. Nose: this one is surprisingly mashy and grainy, smelling just like peated porridge (or porridge topped with a peaty Islayer). Also notes of pear juice, apple juice… Not quite ‘Port Ellen’ to say the least, rather immature and disappointing considering its 'pedigree'. Mouth: better now. Smoky, on apple juice and pepper, mastic, apple skin, a little marzipan… The peat grows then bolder, the whole getting rather peppery. Finish: medium long, peatier, with also nice notes of mandarins… Very nice finish that's good enough to grant him a rating above 80 but it's globally disappointing I’d say. There are so many better Port Ellens around…Rather a collectors' bottle. 82 points.

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hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
15 Apr 2017 7:24 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[October, 2000]  I had this dram during a Port Ellen rarities tasting at Rolandsbogen. 

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90 points.  My notes state it is a quite unusual Port Ellen with almost no peaty flavours but sweet and well balanced.  A very sippable dram.

By the way, at this tasting you could buy this excellent Port Ellen bottling https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1927/port-ellen-1981-tb for 189 Deutschmarks
(95 Euros), or this breath-taking Brora https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/2388/brora-1981-tb for just 10 Deutschmarks more (99 Euros). 

There is no accounting for taste...

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