Port Ellen 1978

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
60.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Jun 2008 5:48 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1506,84

67 × in wishlist

213 × member ratings

338 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1978

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.66 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 2542 sold empty at ebay.

  2. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, lemon, hydrocarbon.
    • Taste
      Peat, fruity, lemon, liquorice.
    • Finish
      Long, very long!

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Straight Jacket

    Let’s finish this line-up of Port Ellen samples with this official bottling from the famous Rare Malts Selection (the predecessor of the Diageo Special Releases). It has spent almost as much time in the bottle as it did in the cask. I sometimes see this bottle at auctions, but it will then set you back between 950 and 1500 EUR. Take your time for this one.

    Very complex nose on vanilla and almonds, joined by grapefruit, graphite, diesel oil, walnuts and the skin of Pink Lady apples. Then more citrus, candle wax, wet rocks, caramel and white fruit. Unexpected hint of mokatine and cold coffee. Becomes quite salty after a few minutes. Salted caramel, nougat, liquorice. Delicious.

    OMG! O-M-F-G! What a powerhouse. Sweet versus salt, but the salt is clearly stronger. Almost brackish, sturdy and feisty on tar and diesel, lemon and oyster sap, kippers and all of this is a straight jacket of smoke. Man, this makes me very, very happy.

    The finish is a grand continuation of the palate, lasts forever and fills me with a satisfaction beyond words.

    There is a god and it has been captured in this bottle!

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good and balanced. Ask for a second drink.
    • Nose
      Peaty sherry (or at least partly) oily peat, cold ashes, mineral lemon, camphor.
    • Taste
      In light mouth, on peat, citrus (lemon, Mandarin), tobacco, under wood, a little mushroom. Cold ashes.
    • Finish
      Final on cold ashes and camphor.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    fat, unctuous peat
    vanilla, candied lemon
    an earthy and dirty side, a little grassy
    macerated cooked fruits, a little aged and moldy, intense, black grapes and old plums
    wood, encaustic, leather
    • Nose
      92 92
      fruity peat
      cooked citrus
    • Taste
      a side disinfectant hospital, a peat side of port with its lot of seaweed, sodden wood remaining in stall, fruits on citrus but varied (lemon until mandarin!), a few pronounced spices, cooked glue and salt!
    • Finish
      long, varied, to redefine!

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=317 Color: straw yellow Nose: Creamy-waxy-sweet! Vanilla sticks, honeycombs, lime and gentle lemon. Overall maritime-spicy, with white peppercorns, smoke and peat (but less than 20yo). It continues with aromas of dull, green fruit, such as ripe avocado and crab apple, accompanied by oak. A very nice balanced and harmonious nose - great! Taste: First gently lying on the tongue, then creamy and spicy to razor-sharp salty. Cayenne pepper, red chilli, vanilla, grapefruit and high-quality peat! In addition beautifully integrated wood and sweet peat-mud - fantastic !! With preserved herbs and fresh mint it goes into the finish. Finish: Long - fresh, spicy and always delicious! The fruit and the peaty phenols are still taut. Honey, vanilla, smoke, wet coal, hot asphalt - and always sweet-fruity-fresh to the end. 94 points N: 93P / G: 95P / F: 93P

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great PE again, RMS just has it ...
    • Nose
      As all RM so far, you have to give it a lot of time, kokelndes autumn leaves, behind every few seconds flashing beautiful red apple and brown sugar, also some banana, peach with shell and seeds, but do not be fooled, it is not fruity, but generally rather dry Smoked with a touch of sweetness, honey with peat, resin, forest honey and old, dusty curtains, fish and lamp oil with time and toffee, some green apple and a lot more citrus after a while
    • Taste
      Very strong and warming, sweet, baked banana, ripe peach, baked apple, dark malt, autumn leaves, smoldering ashes, grapefruit, oregano, rosemary, rye bread and old pages, later a little sweet lemon and bitter plum with some salt, ginger cookies
    • Finish
      Long, full-bodied, dry and the rye and herbs take over a lot with the smoke, it smolders in the throat for a long time

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    OB Port Ellen H2H result :- 

    1st -  12th release   

    2nd - 2nd Release   

    3rd - 1st Release  

    4th - 22 year Rare Malts   

    5th - 20 year Rare Malts  

    6th - 3rd Release 

    See thread  https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h?page=3


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2018

Forgot your password?