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Overall rating
93.17/100
votes
310
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
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

€ 1717.99

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310 × member ratings

479 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 3rd Release

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.17 points

  1. Deloti scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

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