Overall rating
91.03/100
votes
169
Whiskybase ID
WB26519
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
early 1980's
Bottled
2011
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Label
Approved by Dominic Roskrow
Barcode
5060188980483
Added on
27 oct 2011 6:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1250.00

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen Pe5 SMS

34 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.03 points.

  1. BlueFire scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Puts hairs on your chest... Intense, powerful, big, bold, brutish, smoke, tar, sherry, pepper, woody.

  2. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. NiceDram12 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    No need water, alcohol is perfectly integrated. Good combination of peat and sherry. Very very delicious.
    Top class!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. Seele scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    smoky, oil, bacon, spices, chocolate, orange, leather
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Rubber and rich fruit, with gunpowder and smoke on the nose, followed by milk chocolate covered peat and black pepper on the palate, with sweet buttered bread and herbal smoke on the finish.

  7. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Re taste.
    The peat in this one has massive power, one of the strongest Port Ellen I have tried.
    Still good for 93 points, an excellent PE.
    A few drops of water release some sweetness.

  11. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22-23-23-22

  12. 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

  13. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  14. ConvalRen 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.

  15. 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,

  16. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  17. 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.

  18. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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. 

  19. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  20. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Bottle down. The bottle has been opened for a while and I think it improved with aeration.This pe5 is another fantastic Port Ellen which reminds me why this is my favorite distillery.

    Tasting note from 09/2016
    • Nose
      A sherry seabreeze with tar, bitter oranges, honey, smoke, ashes. Slightly mineral. Very refined.
    • Taste
      Punchy and heavy. Tar and lemon. Sherry in the background but discreet. With a few drops of water : liqueur, more tar, more lemon, more sherry. Huge.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, spicy and peaty.

  23. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    Not sure about it. Now i've tasted the wet dogs myself. I never believed it but it's there and it's really not something i hope to taste again. The form of this whisky is very good however. Quite complex.
    • Nose
      Initially quite mineral, earthy and musty. Much on wet stones. Peppery and lots of olive oil, which is always great. Gets more vegetal and salty.
    • Taste
      The arrival is initially sweet with quite some chocolate. A certain sharpness follows. Very mossy, hints of Tequila. Salt and roots.  There really is a unique taste about it. A weird mix of wet dogs and bad breath (not kidding). Turns minty fresh before the finish. Quite peaty for its age (28yo at the very least).
    • Finish
      Medium long and mineral. Apples, roots and salt in the after taste.

  24. 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.

  25. gango4 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully smoky whisky. But there are similar good ones for far less money.
    • Nose
      The nose is clearly smoky and the alcohol tickles noticeably. Warm campfire smoke. The smoke reminds me of Lagavulin. But not so dark. Over time, fruity notes come to light. With heat, the oak adds to it. Not merciless-aggressive. Very pleasant. The alcoholic tickling goes back with a little water. Very complex.
    • Taste
      First smoky in the mouth, then maritime tones but not too salty.
    • Finish
      In the finish and aftertaste combine a very pleasant saltiness with an oily consistency. The smoke joins in. A bit of spice and finally, but increasingly covered by the smoke oak. Sweeter. Extremely complex!

  26. 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;

    Nose
    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.

    Palate
    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.

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

  27. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    One of my favorite distillery. This whisky is a very high quality, but it's the "weakest" one (91 point) of the distillery I drank up to now.
    The Pe1 (92 point), the 7th Release Islay Collection (93 point) and the 10th Release (94 point) is more complex for me.
    • Nose
      Smoke and peat, fruits: lemon and banana, mint, farmy notes, fish, salt, benzine, orange peel, tobacco and mixed flower honeys
    • Taste
      Rich and powerful, fruits: pear and lemon, herbals, solid sherry, charred wood, peat and tar
    • Finish
      Long, creamy: mainly the peat and bitter orange dominates

  28. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    a very beautiful Port Ellen
    • Nose
      Fresh oysters, smoked peat, sherry notes in the background. The power feels but does not prevent some finesse to this nose.
    • Taste
      Powerful, fatty, bitter cocoa, balsamic vinegar
    • Finish
      Long and dry

  29. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    the price mark and the presentation mark have been kept high to
    keep the average. of course the price is way too high.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    n: peat and menthol. very smoky, very tarry, kippers, caraway, liquorice,also some farmy notes
       there is also a  lemony touch getting stronger with the time.
    t: complex from the beginning, very fruity on the tongue, then the peatsmoke
      the  tar come to the front. there is also something strongly scented
    f: very long, still complex, slightly farmy
    comments: very good and complex.a good port charlotte might be an interesting
    alternative for that one.

    91/100

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Peat is more restrained now, more lemon but I also get a little butterscotch and rich currant cake,

    Palate - Still massive peat and still tar, smoke and petrol notes , rice pudding and the hints of bana are still there but they are faint.

    Finish - Creamy, long on smokey peat.This is excellent and I have to say one of the best, if not the best independent Port Ellen I have ever had. Unlike the first 4 releases that were single cask this is a mixture of 2 casks and I think the balance is just about perfect.
    A substantial PE.
    • Nose
      Peat is strong on notes of tar, petrol, creosote but I also get hints of banana, lemon, brine and a little honeycomb. After leaving it a little while I sldo got some fried bacon of the smoked variety.
    • Taste
      Powerful attack, burning wood, barbecue smells, crsip peat, liqourice but then it begings to mellow a little but the peat is never far away and mixes with the shery beautifully.
    • Finish
      Very long, creamy. This has a perfect balance.

  32. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

     
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  33. darren918jp scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    I definitely recommend diluting this PE with water to desired strength, as some aspects are masked at full strength, while nothing is lost with water.

    The right dilution level of this whisky retains the tarry salt-water taffy citric nose and produces a creamy mouth feel with a palate having the tar forward, but not drowning out the citric acidity and yellow fruit notes, all wrapped up in a subtly honeyed floral aspect persistent in the background.It's the integration of all those components that makes Port Ellen one  of my favorite whiskies of ALL TIME!

    This is a very good Port Ellen. 

  34. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Grandiose whisky.
    • Nose
      Overwhelmingly intense, only subtle smoke, some peat, a lot of sweetness, a little sea air, some orange peel, a hint of salt, a little bit of oak, leather. Very compact, hard to decode but really nice.
    • Taste
      Without water, that's definitely not necessary with this whisky. Here comes the tarry peat to light, almost young and wild, the whisky is now much rougher than the nose and shows his maritime side. Harbor basin & shellfish.
    • Finish
      The smoke remains, it gets a bit harsh, a little wood is still there. Some menthol, but accompanied by an almost sticky sweetness, which mixes with the shellfish. I really have the association of peated king prawns here. Towards the end the peat will be back.

  35. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Pours a light straw gold, thick.  Nose is refreshingly coastal, salt water, oyster, light smoke, touch of lemon juice.  Very strong and bright mouth.  Opens with a honeyed sweetness, layering into brinier elements, then a flourishing alcohol warmth.  Late finish is more ocean life, oyster brine.  Intense...what the heck is the ABV on this?  Some tar like elements coming out, fuel even.  Strong, robust, concentrated.With a bit of water, more of the sweeter flavors express themselves.  Really has an oily feel, even after the water.  One of the oiler whiskies I`ve had of late.  Pleasant salt water brine, then some kind of fruit, maybe orange rind.  

    Very nice, kind of a mystery in its complexity, but a hugely powerful whisky.  My first Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  36. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I had tasted Toulouse in f2f with Pe1 and he had suffered from the comparison. This tasting pushed me to further increase by one point the rating of Pe1 (94/100). This Pe5 is more brutal, month marked by sherry, less civilized, less complex too. But in his style, it is an excellent whisky beside which it would be a shame to pass. I'm happy to have two more pins left.
    • Nose
      Very powerful and peaty. Here is one who is not in the lace. Peat and vegetable peat, tar, coal tar, hydrocarbons, tobacco, spray, and finally sherry that manages to express itself behind this maelstrom of peat, on bitter orange in particular. Much more "rough" than the Pe1 anyway, but I like. The water allows the sherry to speak a little louder, with more bitter oranges among others.
    • Taste
      Powerful, huge from the onset, always with this greasy peat and vegetable, but also notes of candied lemon, bitter orange, tar. Finally, we stay in the line of the nose. Even better with water. Perfect combo for who likes the style.
    • Finish
      Long, perhaps smokier than peaty (though ...), with bitter orange and a nice, licoricey bitterness.

  37. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

    Oops, I think I may have missed Pe4! Anyway, I thought 1, 2 and 3 were brilliant whiskies.

    Colour: Gold.

    Nose: I like it when the combination of peat and

    what might be a little sherry creates a feeling of espresso coffee,

    which usually leads to many rich yet elegantly sharp aromas. It`s

    clearly what`s happening here, as we get cigars, brine, seawater,  earth

    (and lots and lots of it), mustard, flints and then bitter oranges (and

    a liqueur made thereof).  It`s not quite a peat monster so far but

    let`s remember it`s probably 30 years old.

    With water: A kind of smoky honey plus old cloths and wet wool. Smoked sultanas? Wonderful.

    Mouth (neat): Rich, creamy and frankly, pretty

    perfect. It`s bigger now, rather "infused" and herbal (did they add a

    few drops of Jaeger?), extremely concentrated, with PE`s tar and lemon

    adding even more depth and power. It`s huge!

    With water:  Becomes liqueurish, in a fab way.

    Finish: Extremely long, peaty, rich, on bitter

    oranges, ginger and a little aniseed. Maybe figs in the aftertaste, and

    liquorice for sure.

    Comments: A stunning beast. Heavy and great, almost Nigel-Tufnelian (yup, goes to eleven). - 93 points.

  38. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky AdvocateThis,

    the fifth of TWE`s ongoing Elements bottlings of Islay`s legendary

    closed distillery, does not disappoint. The nose is akin to salted

    chocolate, with a wasabi-like earthiness lurking behind. Port Ellen`s

    charactistic flintiness is there in the form of rock-pools and hot sand

    inside seashells, while the smoke hints at sphagnum moss, marsh gas, and

    burnt cake. The palate has touches of smoked eel and a hint of pear. As

    enigmatic as ever, in other words. 89 Points

  39. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here:

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/port-ellen-elements-of-islay-pe4-und-pe5-im-direktvergleich-21961/

  40. totalatool did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    As opposed to the Pe1 through Pe4, which were single cask bottlings, this Pe5 is a marriage of two casks.

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