Port Ellen 1978

Overall rating
92.33/100
votes
294
Whiskybase ID
WB2489
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1978
Bottled
10.2000
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
4580
Strength
60.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L15N03810348
Barcode
5000281015811
Added on
21 jun 2008 5:32 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2836.07

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 1978

43 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.33 points.

  1. PhamHa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  2. herby.usa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    First impression: Cheerful, lively, turbulent.
    so totally contrary to the last PE I had in the glass https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/16498/port-ellen-1983-dt
    • Nose
      Maritime, citrus/lime, sweet/sour fruity apple
      floral notes follow, meadow in summer
      Beeswax with honey, caramel, vanilla, slightly nutty
      Hints of light smoke
      and again and again the interplay of salty maritime and sweet, fruity, floral notes
      The alcohol is wonderfully integrated and does not dominate when nosing.
      Summary: Complex / multi-layered a cheerful fellow with a lot of humor and strength
    • Taste
      Start: Strongly sparkling maritime.
      As in the nose, the interplay between maritime salty vs. sweetness, but also slightly fruity/sour, also in the taste.
      Oysters, sea spray, peaty - honey, caramel, buttery - lemon, apple, fruity
      Creamy, oily mouthfeel and nice tingling on the tongue.
      Pepperiness on entry and during the entire time in the mouth (clearly 60% are noticeable), but no sharpness that disturbs.
      Again, the smokiness is largely in the background.
      And the wood notes are also very subtle for 22 years in the barrel.
      Conclusion: complex/ multi-layered; Nose and taste at the same level
    • Finish
      The finish comes seamlessly from the taste.
      Coffee and cocoa are now added to the previous aromas.
      Long - fresh, maritime, sweet, spicy
      Just delicious, delicious, delicious.

  3. hyc scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 94
    taste--------------------95
    End rhyme--------------------94

  4. 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.

  5. Mark-E scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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?

  7. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  8. face scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT:93
      B: 93

  10. Patrick93 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

  11. 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

  12. OJK scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Soft vanilla with brine and salty apple and tangerine on the nose. The palate is enveloping and complex, with salts and more orchard fruits, mint ice cream, oily liquorice and nuts, evolving with a wave of vanilla smoke that carries the notes from the palate into a huge finish.

  13. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    You always expect something exceptional from Port Ellen, especially in the Rare Malts series. I drank the same 20 - year-old and it was a masterpiece. Let's see what we have here... after tasting, I can say that this is a great whisky for a long meditation.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The smell of fresh grass, fresh meadow. Faint smoke. The smell of fresh lime and fresh yellow Apple with a leaf at the base. Warm sweet Apple jam. In the second glass, he poured a little whisky and a few drops of water. In this glass, the floral theme rises, the newly mown grass that dries into hay. Notes of Duchess. Pears.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Taste. Native taste of Port Ellen. The mouth is filled with fruit sweetness. It's like I've stuffed my mouth full of Apple, pear, apricot, peach, and a couple of dried fruits, all of which are replaced by the taste of marmalade from the same fruit, and then, Montpensier lollipops. It's like I emptied the whole box out of greed and couldn't handle it. Mouth and saliva are missing. Now the drum of water. It is much softer and much sweeter, smooth, velvety.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Aftertaste of sweet pear with a little bitterness from its seeds, Apple, jam with foie Gras. Long sweet aftertaste. The transition from sweet to sweet is accompanied by a moment of taste, as if you ate fresh grass. In the dram with water, the aftertaste is also sweet, but with a slight bitterness, which happens in the seeds (kernels) of fresh apricots. And again, sweetness.

  14. 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.

  15. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  17. whiskysec scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Opened this one on my wedding day back in 2016, just had another small sample of it and it is as good as I remember. Dirty citrus and peat. Nice saline quality to it. Some call it rough but for me this is about as good as it gets.

  18. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  19. 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!

  20. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.

  21. wisekyofcourse 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!

  22. 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

  23. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  24. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 2542 sold empty at ebay.

  25. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  26. LiquidThoughts 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

  27. 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

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    It does exactly what it says on the tin, in whisky terms.

    A straightforward, no nonsense dram.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Comments  Good , old fashioned, Port Ellen, nothing more to say really.
    • Nose
      Some nice honey notes mixed with brine & peat, some farmyard smells, like a cowshed or similar.  Warm pastries, a little diesel oil, with some apple and plum in the background, plus a little grapefruit. 

      Nice but it is a little closed.  
    • Taste
      Quite smooth with loads of peat up front and that exploded on your tongue mixed in with plenty of salt and grapefruit.

      Bitter apple, bitter plum then some sweeter lemon.  Pastry notes again, more salt and then a little ginger, its quite explosive, lively if you like but not overpowering at 60%. 

      Crisp & zesty  After a little time in the glass it gets creamier.  
    • Finish
      long, juicy, moreish

  30. hansverkerk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  31. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  32. wataya scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  33. Landryn scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      97 97

  34. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  36. stefsel111 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Daan Tje scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. Finlaggan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/06/port-ellen-1978-rare-malt-selection.html

  39. Dionysus scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      97 97

  40. zby0001 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Full bodied.
    • Nose
      Aromas from peat reek and bonfires carried by a salty wind from the sea.Briny as from brackish water. Medicinal in a distinct iodine way. Hints of crustaceans. Gristy as fresh ground barley malt. Acidity from green apple.Whiff of oaky vanilla, leather and linseed oil.
    • Taste
      The clear peat and smoke flavours are perfectly balanced and in total harmony with order aromas spanning from subtle Oloroso sherry to citrus and black peppercom via fresh grist, heather and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Smoky. Sea salty. Oaky. Peppery. Hint of dark chocolate with a touch of fruity acidity. The sea is present all the time.

  42. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    bottle nr. 1219

  43. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Strong smoke in the nose, herbal peat (ambiguous, isn`t it?). Sweet campfire smoke, pleasantly strong and powerfull with a long firy finish. Only for hard mens )

  45. corbuso scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An intensely peated expression of Port Ellen, my favorite official bottling of Port Ellen.

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