Port Ellen 1978

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
20 years old
60.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Sep 2008 3:44 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1648,01

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201 × member ratings

280 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1978

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.69 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottles # 1359 and # 2891 sold empty at ebay.

  2. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, lemon, bread crumbs, brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Peat, lemon, sugar, farm, acidulous fruits. Alcohol very well integrated!
    • Finish
      Long, persistent. Beautiful !

  4. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great archetypal Port Ellen. Simply loved it.
    • Nose
      Gentle nose. Light peat smoke, maritime notes with seaweed and brine, smoked fish, lemons and grapefruits, pepper, leather and a little bit of tar. A sweet and tart feeling too. Love this nose.
    • Taste
      Punchy, peppery, gingery and peaty with a spoon of honey. Citruses with lemons and oranges, leather and big smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, juicy, lemony, smoky and spicy.

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=317 Color: pale gold / yellow Nose: salty-spicy-maritime! Finest lemon, slices of lime and grapefruit, cayenne pepper, smoky leather (saddle), some cardboard and a mild, slightly porky sweetness, which is refined with a little vanilla. After some time in the glass, the grapefruit aromas are more and more in the foreground and also a great peat note, which enhances this beautiful nose again. Taste: Full power! Spicy-peppery-spicy and loaded with a decent portion of peat. A honey-sweet fruit note with lemon, lime, avocado, a little vanilla, dry leather and again and again with these dominating phenols - great! Finish: Very long - spicy avocados, leather, some wood and smoky peat in combination with fresh herbs. 93 points N: 92P / G: 94P / F: 93P

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    An absolutely wonderful PE, my dearest so far, but I always get weak as soon as I find something of tea in the whisky. ;)
    • Nose
      Surprisingly aromatic, pear, jasmine and green apple, lavender, a little grapefruit and a hint of algae, but far behind, beautiful dark malt, fresh organic spelled bread from the bakery, some lemon cake and teenagers, very mature, takes a lot of time in the glass
    • Taste
      Beautiful overripe fruit, pear, red apple, bitter orange, black tea (and I love tea in whisky), Earl Gray, freshly prepared brown bread, forest honey with all sorts of herbs, nutmeg, oregano, clove, jasmine, lavender, black pepper, very light salt notes , Heidewiese, Harz, very round and varied at the same time
    • Finish
      Very, very long and aromatic left, now less to no fruit, dry, tea, malt, some pepper and rosemary

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Body: Lightly oily.
    • Nose
      More assertive. Appetizing and arousing. Bay trees. Seaweed.
    • Taste
      More expressive, fruity, dryish flavours. Fruity olive oil. Parsley.
    • Finish
      Salty. Smoky. Oaky. Extremely peppery.

  8. 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


  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2002]  I had another dram during a Grant Carmichael tasting while cruising the river Rhine aboard MS Godesia.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90. 
    My notes state a golden colour and a heavily oily body.  The nose shows some fine aromas of a dark chocolate.  On the palate stronger peaty flavours combine with minor sherry aromas.  There are some slight bitter notes too.  The finish is of medium length.  Be careful with water as the bitter flavours get more dominant that way.  I liked it best when neat. 


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