Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Bottlers (TB)
Stated Age
19 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
60.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 May 2008 12:32 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1549.48

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80 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1981 TB

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.62 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    My first and only port Ellen and then just such a dream! One of the best whiskys I have ever tasted.
    • Nose
      rather subtle smoke, the color impression is confirmed in the nose again, the whisky has probably seen a sherry barrel with tendency Oloroso, so I find a little discreet sulfur, with time, the smoke hiding more and more behind the sherry, now come Sweeter notes in the game towards honey and caramel, if you warm the glass a bit, the smoke comes out better, in addition he also has a musty salty note and again and again briefly prominent impressions of lemon peel, also find some shortbread
      With water: sweeter than before, also clearly vanilla
    • Taste
      Wow, so here's the smoke, sour, quince, wow, the sulfur is back, and salt a lot of salt, in the beginning, feeling like you're drinking mineral water, I've never had that kind of sweetness, no trace left , definitely goes without water
      With water: now the sherry comes out better, again the sulfur, still salty, but more subtle, a little more fruity, but also somewhat tamed
    • Finish
      salty, maritime, a touch of sulfur, cold cigarette ash, very intense and long-lasting

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    a not quite typical Port Ellen
    no roller coaster of flavors
    consistently from nose to finish
    a nice seductive line
    the man always wants
    yes! That's heavenly whisky
    • Nose
      ripe apricots freed from the skin
      the soft apricot meat crushed in sea salt
      spiced with a pinch of chili
      The old wooden board greedily absorbs the salty-spicy fruit juice
      You should try
    • Taste
      a smooth, soft warm start
      then it tingles salty on the tongue .. with a chillicatch
      soft apricot sweetness that feels ripe and warm
      the mix is ​​erotically beautiful
      Your saliva becomes spicy sweet apricot juice
      which flows over the chocolate on your tongue
    • Finish
      spicy salt & peeled ripe apricot meat
      > sweet tobacco, soft smoke

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic combination. Maybe a tiny touch of too harsh oak. Otherwise a dream fabric.
    • Nose
      Leather, sherry, also sulfur, some sweet, slightly maritime notes in the background, some mineral (wet stone). Incredibly full and complex. With water, the nose opens up properly. It is joined by fresh citrus notes and a little wine. Fresh, sweet with nice peat. Great.
    • Taste
      Strong, peaty, menthol, oak, herb, herbs. With water, the whisky is amazingly peppery.
    • Finish
      Long on peat and bitter oak, towards the end of the sherry sweet comes through again. With water also here a neat portion of pepper.

  4. Funati did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A great whisky! This drop shines with an excellent finish, from which the nose does not need to hide. To keep the balance between these two extremes, the whisky trumps with a warm glowing yet fruity sweet on the cake, which has everything it takes for the completion of this (dream) drop.
    • Nose
      light smoke coupled with old dust and a waxiness, slightly musty wood, associations of a decaying wooden plank in the mud (mineral & musty), it look sweet fruits and apricots behind the plank and say "hello", with time, the fruits ( Cocktail cherries) and the fine smoke is displaced by the dust, which is played by maritime notes. Of the 60% you notice almost nothing in the nose.
    • Taste
      A strong warming approach with sweet maritime notes, waxy, dusty, fine sweet pipe smoke in the dusty room, vanilla notes in the smoke, with the time comes a sweetness of fruity apricots
    • Finish
      Eternally long and multi-layered finish ... WOW. Mild chlorophyll and maritime notes, strong impact of oak to dark chocolate, very fine dusty smoke that fills the mouth completely, just before the end of the oak emerges again a chemical bitterness, followed by perfumed smoke that marks the end.

  5. Gloin scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    A madness swedish! I do not trust my own impressions, after all I have not tasted blind. Can he really be that good? A whisky like Donnerhall: 96 points
    • Nose
      Immediately I have to think of glowing coals, it is barely noticeable alcohol. Juicy fruits that are slowly boiled in a pot. Something burned is there. Then come spicy herbs, which I can not specify, along with earthy notes. Salty sea air and dune grass. All this is very complex and interwoven.
    • Taste
      Mighty alcohol presses on the tongue. After an initial sharpness, however, the whisky immediately becomes wonderfully sweet. Then comes smoke and fruit, juicy peaches or apricots, slightly overripe. The second sip of alcohol is more restrained, but the entire mouth glows pleasantly, wood smoke. Mild oak and milk chocolate. With each sip, the whisky becomes sweeter and the fruits darker. The sherry keg is not hiding, but it does not dominate either.
    • Finish
      The throat tingles and glowing, the whisky slides down his throat. From the milk chocolate is slowly bittersweet with sea salt. A hint of oranges (or are that again the apricots) sounds like. How long can a finish be? He stays longer than I can wait until the next sip

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Old gold
    Sherry, wood and full flavor! Add leather, malt, coarse pepper, lots of salt and dry orange peel. It continues with vanilla, soft herbs, and tough, sticky honey. The wood is present throughout, but well integrated - very beautiful.
    Full speed ahead! Salt, pepper, chilli, paprika, citric acid, oranges, sherry and again tons of wood. In addition, heavy notes of leather soles, bitter herbal brew and fresh, sharp parts of wood - great.
    Long - spicy, hot and fresh. Getting a bit more rounded, as every part wants to take over the upper hand here. Getting drier and still covered with a lot of leather. The fruit components disappear completely here, but the combination still works.
    92 points
    N: 92P / G: 93P / F: 92P

  7. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  8. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful, relatively "noble" nose, complex and with a well-absorbable, but not too intense smoky note, which leaves room for other aromas and complexity. On the palate comes through the Räucherschinkennote enthusiasm. But the alcohol is a bit too aggressive for me.
    • Nose
      At the very beginning smoke and spiciness, which is briefly broken by a floral note. Then comes smoked bacon, malt and liquorice. Sweetening after some time, now also show up strong vanilla and chocolate and smoked fish.
    • Taste
      Sweetness and vanilla. The alcohol is quite intrusive and burns vigorously, Suddenly expresses itself with great spicy smoked ham note forward.
    • Finish
      Smoked ham dominates the long finish, which also has traces of nuts.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2013]  I had another dram during a "Port Ellen" rarities tasting at Bonn.

    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 it 90.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [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 87,5 points.  My notes state it needs a fair share of water to open up.

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


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