Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 aug 2008 4:44 pm
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1084.07

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25 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 1978 SV

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.09 points.

  1. helmutgw scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    C'mon guys: if this is supposed to be a 90 or even 93 point whisky, where do you see the RM 20 yo (WB No. 3486)? At 113 points?

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  3. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Port Ellen 23 yo 1978/2002 (59%, Signatory, butt #5268, 564 bottles) Colour: pale straw. Nose: powerful and pungent at first nosing, not very smoky and rather farmy (huge notes of wet hay, fermentation). Gets then rather minty and vegetal but the whole is rough and not very expressive. It’ll probably need a little water…

    Okay, great news, that does work. I gets much more ‘coastal’, with notes of seashells, iodine, developing on diesel oil, tar, maybe hints of ‘new plastic’… Not a winning nose but certainly a nice one. Mouth (neat): ultra sweet at first sip, but with quite some cardboard and even a slight soapiness. Too much alcohol, this one really needs water. So, with water again: it got much sweeter, on apple compote but also tea, white pepper, ginger. Gets earthier and earthier, rooty, with also notes of ginger tonic, cinchona and bitter oranges, probably from the wood. Rather long finish, peppery, mustardy and smoky, maybe more like some Taliskers rather than ‘regular’ Port Ellens at the finish. Not stellar and slightly atypical but very good, that’s for sure. 88 points.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Typical PE nose, with sweet medicinal peat and very slight charcoal. The alcohol is not at all an issue to my nose.What you nose is what you taste initially. Then comes a big muscular islay peat body, medicinal, medicinal, medicinal, medicinal, very thick bandages and more and more bandages, lucious, iodine, great to chew on and so typical only ever present in P.E.. If they can reproduce this with the new distillery, wow, hm, won't be at a bargain price, I am sure.The finish is comparatively silent but after this lucious body...  Some liquorice stays on the tongue and its sides, as I bid farewell to this P.E. sample ...
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. helmutgw scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Nose, taste and finish dominated by alcohol. Just a little peat and sherry but surprisingly fruity.

    Adding water doesn't help much: the alcohol stays in the foreground and a bit more fruitiness comes forward.Quite untypical for a Port Ellen, and definitely overpriced at EUR 500.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 494 € at Whiskyauction in Feb. 2015


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