Overall rating
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
early 1980's
Refill Sherry Butt
57.9 % Vol.
500 ml
Approved by Dominic Roskrow
Added on
27 Oct 2011 6:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 691.95

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen Pe5 SMS

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.85 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I had a wonderful time. Enthusiasm 5/5 Whisky n ° 1412
    • Nose
      Engine oil ? I am not too much of a car, so I would say, heavy fractions of petroleum product distillation. Paprika. Cooked fruits, which are later fresher. (Apricots?) Malt.

      With water, you leave the refinery to smell burnt wood, butterscotch, leather, all with a magnificent depth.
    • Taste
      Weight, intensity. Peat in front, fruits behind, end of mouth that slams!
      With water, it loses a little in force but fades. Honey arrives, joined by sweet spices.
    • Finish
      Eclatante! Longuissime, with citric notes. Salty. Spices spin endlessly.

      Medicinal notes in the empty glass.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    The final entry in the Pe range…so far. We decided to go out with a bang and this is the best in the series to date. Matured in a refill sherry cask, it dials down the wine influence even more than in Pe4 to create an elegant but full-bodied whisky that shows the best this distillery has to offer.

    Cask details;
    Single refill sherry butt from the early 1980s.

    Tasting Notes;

    Intense earthy peat and sweet raisins, with bittersweet espresso, cigar boxes, sea spray and gentle smoke. Water reveals more smoke and fruit – sour apple and sweet pear.

    Rich and herbal to start, softening to reveal tarry peat and sherbet lemons. Smoky notes build, with savoury notes of roast meat combining with sweeter wood smoke. Water adds sweetness and softens the smoke into a rich background note.

    Wet wool fades to leave lingering smoke and peat that slowly sweetens and becomes orangey.

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


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

    Thanks DarrenHJA for the sample.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Pretty strong on the nose, with earthy peat smoke. Some sweet charcoal smoke, and quite grassy as well. Some varnish and paint. Some faint sherry notes, coupled with some fresh oranges and apricots. Some good amount of furniture wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fresh and vibrant, flows well in the mouth, with fruit sweetness on the front, lots of roasted nuts. Earthy smoke, with nice touch of saltiness. Lemon
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very dry, with nuttiness, bitter Chinese tea, getting some tar and ash. Lemon too

  5. A0525 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A little difficult to find familiar scents on the nose upon early entry. The blenders glass really worked well for this.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First scents brought cracked walnuts, medicinal herbs, an earthy and musky mix with plenty of pine tree shavings.

      After the scents had built up in the glass, I was presented with leather, butterscotch, caramel, a Guinness like scent, chives, asparagus and a significant sharp ashy smell.

      Some sulfur and various minerals could be smelled here, that faint smell after a muzzle loading weapon has gone off. Gunpowder and metal smells.

      There too was bitter navel oranges and the usual coastal scents. Salty and dense sea breeze.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Immediate rush of peat and lemon. Rather complex right off the bat, some fruity essences and bbq meat.

      Baked shellfish over a salt bath. Lemon again, basil leaves, wheatgrass, honey mustard to follow. A bowl of seafood chowder.

      While there is a faint taste of yeast and bread, it's rather difficult to ascertain the specifics. As with personal feels, I reckon its along a wood fired oven. It has that characteristic of ash from wood fires as opposed to coal, and, mud walled dryness. Focaccia? Ciabiatta? Like a traditional pizza.

      A drop of water doesn't dilute it but somehow makes the liquid thicker, doesn't make sense does it. The flavors are now much more intense, particularly the earth notes - herbaceous plants.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long, dry and complex. Creamy sensation amidst the dryness around the mouth.

  7. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Powerful and dense, interesting nose, it is worth the wait until it opens. But in the body and aftertaste is not so rich and multifaceted.
    • Nose
      sea salt, iodine, a little diesel fuel and smoked plums with raisins, a strong cigar, fresh foamy stout, strong coffee with dark chocolate, dressed leather
    • Taste
      powerful sherry, smoky pepper, searing, woody dryness and a little sourness
    • Finish
      black pepper, spices, sweet smoke and sherry, long enough and warming,

  8. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Waykid scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This has an amazing variety of different flavours, but unfortunately they don't seem to balance and there lingers this disturbing off-note. So I wondered this for a long time but came to the conclusion that though it has all the makings of true greatness, this time the composition is only 91 in my book.
    • Nose
      Salty citrus, electricity sulphur, an old fireplace while cold, ashes and chalkplaster, celery, tarty apple, iodine. Very dry. There is this off-note I have not encountered in any other whisky and this is cadaver. Not joking...also something in the direction of horse-dung.. Strong cuban cigar, unlitten, Stout-beer, gasoline, a smoky sherry mocha when it opens up more, old pharmacy cupboards, nuttiness and indian sugar.
    • Taste
      Plaster and mortar, dark syrup, a really heavy and dirty smoke, liquorice, alga, salty flintstone, some nuts, floorboard wax. Orange, cough-syrup, herbs, some citrus, turpentine, a nice sherryish sweet nuttiness.
    • Finish
      On the smoke and grain, not very long.

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    In the taste I find the PE I have difficulties finding on the nose. I think this is best with a bit of water rather than a lot. A very good bottle that could score even higher if it weren't for those odd sulphur-induced bits. [After some months open it does display some of the expected lemons and saltiness.]

    Tasted with Port Ellen 7th release (200ml version) (92 pts.), Talisker 100° proof G&M Eagle Label (92) and Caol Ila 1979 34yo cask 5297 (93).
    • Nose
      Looks quite a bit lighter in the glass than in the bottle. Salty, greasy and leathery, slightly buttery, with a side of something like a hare shot a few days ago. Comparing to PE 7th release it's not easy to find the distillery markers in this one, so dominant is the cask. Water makes it farmy and gives off some other sulfurous aromas as well. Musty leather, pool water, and old oak with syrupy sherry.
    • Taste
      Strongly sherried, sharp, ashy, with hardwood and gunpowder, some tar and pine resin, plus old cellar notes. A rich, savory body. Water takes the sharpness out without flattening it, making the body excellent in its heaviness. Very tarry now, with hints of some game meat and herbal liqueur.
    • Finish
      Lasting, but quite sulfurous. A bit herbal, but mostly on sherried tar, with a pinch of salt at the end. With water it's a long wave of tar candy. Endless, really. Some dry ashes in the tail. 


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