Port Ellen 3rd Release

Overall rating
91.26/100
votes
340
Whiskybase ID
WB254
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2003
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
24 years old
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
57.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281017501
Added on
12 aug 2007 5:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3397.22

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 3rd Release

30 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.26 points.

  1. geriud scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  2. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  4. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Really enjoyable PE. Just beautiful through and through. In its lineup it beat out 1977 Brora 24yr Rare Malt and a 1979 Port Ellen 21yr OMC.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Brine, oysters with lemon, ink, chicken stock.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Pillowy soft, lemon cake, icing sugar, clean smoke, lemon zest, brine, seashells.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Hemp, capers, smoke, char, coals, long billowing smoke.

  6. planetAlex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      8 8

  7. InbhirNis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Sampled at the Quilon restaurant, after a strongly flavoured meal, so hard to be fully objective... but it was really impressive. I got the impression the bottle had been open for quite a while.

    The nose provides smoke, iodine, tar and creamy notes. The palate has smouldering peat fire, medicinal flavours and nuttiness. The finish is long and ashy, with added bandages.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and pretty drinkable
    • Nose
      91 91
      Intense, fresh, green fruits, carambole, pears, green apples, green bananas, herbs, little leafy and grassy notes, sea breeze, oysters, hints of vanilla, whiffs of smoke - very good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, very oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, some fruitiness, yellow fruits, peaches, bananas, also some citrus fruits, old books, herbs
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, burning, more punchy, zesty, spicy, ginger

  9. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Such a balanced whisky is, I believe, not found in my whisky life so far. It's just right. From the smell to the taste and the finish.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=367

    Colour:
    Straw yellow to gold
    Nose:
    Lemon cream and lemon yoghurt of the finest quality! Add cream, limes, maritime dry peat and sea salt. Absolutely fine and very structured in the nose - very, very delicious!
    Taste:
    Creamy fat, soft and perfectly harmonious. With waxy honey, vanilla, sweet peat, seaweed, hints of coal and damp ash, this gives a powerful taste experience at the highest level.
    Finish:
    Long - still salty, soft and with lots of tasty peat, wet coal and cardboard provided. The fruit note is determined by lime and soft lemon juice. A great spice with the maritime character is up to the end on the same level as before!
    94 points
    N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 94P

  11. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Deloti scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 1802 sold empty at ebay.

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 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

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The 1st & 2nd release are slightly better.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With water:-

    The nose does open up and is definitely sweeter with some nice biscuit notes.

    On the nose the fruit has increased and so has the peat which is becoming quite aggressive now.

    Another good PE just a little subdued on the palate when neat to get it over 90 points and the peat starts to overpower with a little water in it.

    Good balance mind.
    • Nose
      Grapefruit, honeycomb, biscuit and the peat obviously but the peat is not as evident on the nose as it is in the 1st & 2nd release.

      A little lemon meringue pie, salted caramel, pastries , biscuit and a little cream with salt.
    • Taste
      Very similar to the 2nd release but not quite as fruity. The peat while quieter on the nose is prominent on the palate and it is a creamy, thick peat.

      There is a little apple & grapefruit but it is well and truly in the back with the peat taking centre stage mixed in with salty brine.
    • Finish
      Good length staying peat with some ginger creeping in at the end.

  19. Waykid scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A pleasantly combined and balances sweetness and smokiness. Something strongly Taliskery, propably the clear peppery side that has a herbal tone: green pepper? This is however more luscious and full than any Talisker I have encountered so far (which is not that much, older ones nearly none). Enhances extraordinarily with a little water and time in the glass.
    • Nose
      Soft smoke, green apple & applepeel, chamomile, fudge, lapsang seuchang, smoky chalk. With water: a round sweetness, smoke, apple, embers, green and white pepper, leather.
    • Taste
      A sharp rustle while neet! Mushell, maple syrup, smokiness. With water: also ammonium chloride and liquorice, candied apple, creamtoffee, peppery spice, green pepper, a wee bit green chili, smoked porkfillet.
    • Finish
      Delicious oyster and apple, long.

  20. hartist scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A superlative whisky when you have the chance to try it in 2016. Thank you Julien for the generous sample.
    • Nose
      Intense, complex and well integrated. Vegetable smoke, dried flowers, soot, sweet spices, a little candle wax. Magic!
    • Taste
      Strong, complex and smooth mouth. Beautiful notes of strong spices (pepper, ginger), orchard fruits (discreetly), subtle marine notes also with a clear salinity, beautiful vegetable presence (herbs, anise?) A bit bitter. Canvas consisting of a beautiful material a little waxy with a peat discrete.
    • Finish
      Persistent and powerful, it offers a beautiful declination of the mouth that languishes on an ashen smoke.

  21. markkerr02 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Test 055: Port Ellen - 051112 Whisky that was tried Glass 1: Bowmore 12Y, 40% 399: - Glass 2: Port Ellen 24Y / 1979, 3rd Annual Release, 57.3% 1593: - Glass 3: Port Ellen 24Y / 1979, Sherry - Signatory, 43% 930: - Glass 4: Port Ellen 25Y // 1978, 4th Annual Release, 56.2% 1570: - Glass 5: Port Ellen 1978/2005, Glen Denny, 800: - Glass 6: Port Ellen 28Y / 1975, Signatory, 43% 1250: - Tonight's vote We voted for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of the evening. Ettan got 3 points, 2 points 2 points and 3 points 1 point. The result was then: Glass 1: 1 point Glass 2: 125 points Glass 3: 42 points Glass 4: 111 points Glass 5: 64 points Glass 6: 34 points Glass 2, Port Ellen 24Y / 1979, 3rd Annual Release, 57.3% 2001 came the first of the 3 editions of the Annual Release. Should be 3x6000 bottles. Issue 1 was also 6000 bottles. Issue 2 was 12000 bottles !! Issue 3 was 9000 bottles. Everybody is in the barrel and is between 56 and 59%. http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2055%20Port%20Ellen.html

  22. eleiko5 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen 24 yo 1979 ‘3rd release’
    (57,3%, OB 2003, 9000 btl.)

    Nose: this is the sharper, flinty / mineral kind of Port Ellen, although it’s not an extreme example. It has a slightly pungent profile that I associate with wet limestone, lemon and cut grass. Ethereal hints of nail polish as well. Quite some alcohol. It misses the feminine side of vanilla that softens the 7th or 9th release. Evolves on antiseptic, diesel oil and candle wax. Walnuts as well. Faint farmy notes in the background. Hardly coastal. Water makes the grassy and ethereal notes stand out. Mouth: strong attack with sharp peat and lemon juice. Quite salty now, a bit too salty even. Some peppery notes (the spiciest of the three OB’s I’m comparing). Water brings out the oak and adds grassy notes. Finish: long, smoky, quite dry and salty.

    I would call this “the grassy one”. Its mouth-feel is hotter than the other two (could the extra 3% really make such a difference?) and you feel a certain powerful roughness, even at 24 years. It shows more peat than the other two which could be a plus for some people. An extra point for the farminess. Extinct.

    Score: 91/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2010/port-ellen/port-ellen-3rd-release-1979/

     

     

  23. ricallende scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I found a bottle of this wonder at an hotel bar in Madrid,I couldn't believe it but there it was,so I asked for a double shot and my expectacions were satisfied.This was pretty oily and less peaty than usual for a Port Ellen.I asked the bartender if he knew when was the botlle opened and he said: "more than 3 years".Less than half the bottle left and maybe that's the reason for finding this less peaty than usual.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  24. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  25. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    third edition, just love it.
    • Nose
      unusually oily and weighty for a Port Ellen,the peat hammering with chisels.
    • Taste
      oily prisoner-slaughtering beast,with sweet eatery impact, some mocca at the end.
    • Finish
      acting like a 50 ppm monster? port ellen over its usual 35 ppm.

  27. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    What should you say big? Damn good stuff! If only these collector's prices were not ...
    • Nose
      Right away strong maritime notes and sea breeze. Campfire smoke, caramel and alcoholic tingle. Sweet and oily. Seaweed and pepper.
      With H2O significantly sweeter.
    • Taste
      Very vigorous and intense start with plenty of smoke and medical notes. Maritime notes like seaweed and distinct oak.
    • Finish
      Sweet and slightly medical smoke. Again, clear oak. Intensive, long and shiny

  28. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This dram may not sound that attractive but it really works. Brilliant.
    • Nose
      Slightly dirtier farmyard here
      but not too bad. Definitely just walked past a field gate where fresh
      cows pee has leaked out. Slight mustiness. But for all these apparently
      repellent elements this really works. There also vanilla sweetness and
      porridge there too.
    • Taste
      barley sugar rush again, but it doesn't last as long before the spice gets to it.
    • Finish
      The spice rolls towards the tip of the tongue concentrating as it goes until it is almost painful. Very lengthy and marvelous.

  30. Feusi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sprity strong in fragrance. Smoky, peaty, sea and a some unpleasant sharpness accompany a long finish. A powerful dram, indeed but reaches not the quality of the 2nd edition.

  31. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Another great whisky from Port Ellen, nothing more to say..
    • Nose
      Strong nose, quite much alcohol. Wet asphalt and some grassy notes.
    • Taste
      Powerful taste. Oily mouth feeling. Peat, lemon and some salt.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Peaty and salt.

  32. Dede scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A profile apart. Little peat, no iodine or salt but anise galore on the nose and grass cut in the mouth. Not the best of the lot, but a whisky very interesting to compare to others.
    • Nose
      Differing from the 2nd release, it presents surprising and very marked notes of aniseed. More vigorous too, with a herbaceous side (freshly cut grass). Then we smell peat and finally green fruits and lemon. Maybe less complex than others. With water: even more anise! Not on the pastis, but on an anisette (style anisette Gras). Really an atypical profile. Not unpleasant, but atypical. The animal notes present in the other releases finally appear.
    • Taste
      The burn of alcohol is there. We find the anise present on the nose, as well as lemon and herbaceous bitterness. Very little iodine and peat. With water: it's better. The vegetable flavors prevail (grass, green tea, myrtle).
    • Finish
      Very lemon, aniseed too.

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