Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas McGibbon (McG)
Bottling serie
McGibbon's Provenance
Winter 1981
Autumn 2000
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 jul 2008 12:19 pm

Average value

€ 928.43

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47 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 1981 McG

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.67 points.

  1. nomad_soul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Paraffine, lamp oil, fruits, sherry... what’s not to like about that? Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/06/24/port-ellen-ad-lib/

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nicely balanced, mature and complex - feels good in spherical glass - could have more body
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lube oil, smoke and chocolate, chalky, mineral - behind it appear fruits, initially ripe yellow plums, later also sour cherry and orange
    • Taste
      90 90
      Algae, green cut grass with iodine notes, a nice, integrated, pleasant sherry sweetness, blood orange juice and spicy herbal brew
    • Finish
      89 89
      sweet tobacco smoke settles on the palate and smoking for a long time, flattered by a soft oak

  4. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very beautiful Port Ellen, which is still quite roughly recognizable between the sherry barrel, which is eigtl. The pleasing. He could have been a fuller-bodied ticker, but those concentrated notes like infusion are always exciting.
    • Nose
      Gorgeous, pretty dirty, juicy blood orange, grapefruit, motor oil, some tar, camphor, dried seaweed, black walnut, thyme, fish oil, chestnut, orange bitters, some red wine gravy in the background, burnt BBQ and beautiful tobacco can of primeval lavender and rosemary, black pepper
    • Taste
      Rather concentrated than extremely full-bodied, but it has all the notes from the nose, a very concentrated blood orange and grapefruit reach first, then here only the burned BBQ, the old tobacco can and peat with dried seaweed, then the herbs like thyme, Rosemary, Brennesel, camphor, nutmeg, then the Nussigkeit in between, black walnut, some tar, autumn leaves
    • Finish
      Autumn leaves, grapefruit, here a little more sweet, brown sugar, blood orange juice rather, tobacco, walnut, Brenneseltee, camphor, carnation, medium to long

  5. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not the usual PE notes, but I like it, sherry is fine for it too. One drop of water help a lot.
    • Nose
      Orange, prune, tobacco and ash, burnt BBQ sauce, salt and peat, vegetables. Over time camphor.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Orange peel, camphor, milk caramel. Sherry and oak. Ash and cocoa.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, smoky.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not bad but nothing spectacular, MOTR I found it a little boring.
    • Nose
      Smells like cigar smoke mixed in an ash tray, there are a few hints of orange and smoked ham.
    • Taste
      Very drying and the peat hits you first followed by some orange notes and orange peel

      The sherry is present but its mixed in with some toffee.
    • Finish
      Long finish but the dryness has remained.

  8. notesofmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen 1981 - 2000 (winter / spring), 18 years, 43% alc. Bottler: Douglas McGibbon Region: Isle of Islay, Scotland
    Special feature: Closed, bottlings are becoming increasingly rare.
    Nose: First a smoky impression, behind a sweetness with orange marmalade and a lot of malt. Some coastal flavor, beach, salt, seaweed. In addition, mixed in a slight sulfur / black powder note.
    Palate: The island hits. Coast, seagrass, brackish, wet planks, seawater. In addition, peat smoke with spicy notes, pepper and salt. Oily and silky, interesting mouthfeel. The whisky is then but quickly dry. The oranges of the nose come up again.
    Finish: Long, slightly dry, a little lake, smoker and campfire.
    Conclusion: Pleasant Port Ellen in drinking strength. Typical for this distillery.
    85/100 points (tasted 2015, from 300 € upwards)

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very quaffable Port Ellen, to be sure, but I fear
    the PE fans might find this one a bit to ordinary. And maybe a tad too dry too.
    Apart from that, very nice PE. Thanks, Teun!
    • Nose
      The nose bursts with orange marmalade and juicy prunes
      and mirabelles. It also has a bit of garden hose or bicycle tyre, but far from
      disturbing. Cloves and parsley! Very discrete peat and barely any salt. Greasy
      coals. Having said that, it is all very gentle and absolutely not monstrous.
    • Taste
      The attack is very soft (drinking strength, eh) and
      immediately slightly bitter and drying. Loads of oak, overpowering the fruit.
      Yep, the orange marmalade shines through this easily, but nevertheless it is a
      bit too drying to my taste. A lot more salty than on the nose, though.
    • Finish
      In the medium long, salty and drying finish, I get a
      hint of chocolate and smoked ham.

  10. SilentStill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Slightly sulphurous, after a while back significantly more volume. Schoener, if not an outstanding PE.

  11. The Macallan scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smokey and sweetish notes.
    • Taste
      Medicinal, Iodine and dry.
    • Finish
      Long with some dry smoke.

  12. Sir Provenance scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Original Tasting Notes:With old leather and seeweed on the nose, this could whip lovers of Islay malts into a frenzy! Its medium to oily body carries spices, seaweed and pepper initially, to finish on long notes, typically Islay in style, of seaweed, leather and brine.


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