Port Ellen 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
60.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Jun 2008 5:32 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2088.10

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284 × member ratings

423 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1978

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.33 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 2542 sold empty at ebay.

  2. 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!

  3. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/ljoosdbaVGU
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. etwa77 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    when, after a long(ish) wait the nose finally opens up, it is like stuffing my face in a warm apfel strudel served on the side of a road where tar has been poured fresh.. lemons, wax and more fresh apples

    sweet up front.. then peat.. a little salt.. fruity.. and absolutely no sight of alcohol.. although i feel it going straight to the pleasure centers in my brain

    pepper and ginger in the finish with a sprinkle of chardamom

    i will remember this dram for the incredible combination of delicate complexity
    and raw power

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great malt for sure, but not an extinct style, IMO. Really intense Port Ellen in its prime. Another take no prisoners Rare Malt. Really great in some ways, pretty rough on the finish.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Lemon oils, brine, capers, oysters, sea shells, very clean nose on honey, brine and citrus. Lovely.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Thick honey, pretty rough at full strength, a real brute. Waxy, hot cayenne, seashells, lemon and capers, peat builds - menthol, brisket, charcoal, billowing smoke
    • Finish
      89 89
      Burnt plastic, iodine, heavy black smoke, bandaids, tiger balm. Really condensed and intense finish. A little too rough here.

  6. 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

  7. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Most of the times it is a different song when RMS is playing some Port Ellen swings. This is a great example. You have to take some time to get this malt going and a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      Gentle fruits, vanilla, apples, some machine oil, sweet ginger, salt, some shells.
    • Taste
      Salt, citrus fruits, grapefruit, vanilla, some sweet pepper, some peat, ginger, some old bread with peaches on it.
    • Finish
      Long. Slightly smoky with spicy citrus, now there is even some honey.

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: The beginning is powerful, dry smoke, burning paper. Then the fruitiness of citrus is enhanced, followed by seafood and floral fragrance. The aroma began to become more moist. Ink, walnut oil, snake fruit, coconut wax, metal, almond cookies. The bottom of the cup has a salty smell, which can be found by just stuffing your nose in, and this smell is trying to use alchemy to sublimate all other flavors. Finally, this is a very complex bottle of whisky. For it, only the constant change is the same, and the balance is also perfect.

    Drink: The taste is oily and smooth, and the mouth is occupied by wonderful smoke, citrus, lemon, carbon, orange peel, dark chocolate, licorice, and many carbons, which secrete a lot of saliva.

    Overall: I keep wanting to add flavor descriptions to the fragrance column, but I find that I have written too much. But there are still fresh pineapple and dirty dog paws, don’t you write it?

  10. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82


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