Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Murdoch (DM)
Stated Age
13 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Sep 2012 1:05 pm

Average value

€ 796.02

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1979 DM

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.50 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    I’ve never had a Douglas Murdoch bottling before. Whiskybase tells me they bottled three PE’s, one Ledaig and a handful of [mainly Murdoch’s Perfection] blends, many with age statements. Further reading, as ever, can be found at SW.

    N: In short: a beautifully sculpted nose that’s pleasing from the off.
    In detail: savoury < sweet, biscuit=sponge dry lemon-fruit-sweet with a pinch or two of saltiness [or one clean lugworm perhaps], a hint of baking soda, suggestions of tarragon and sweetened kelp & ginger references that wouldn’t appear out of place in a bento box. Then there’s the Indian tea shop, a little cigarette ash, a [Caroni-light] rum thing going on, and something from the world of cachaca – balsa maybe or one of those unfamiliar Brazilian trees, well unfamiliar to me. Then I pick up on a medicinal layer that initially reminds me of bourbon before re-calibrate my focus onto the Islay-ness of this wonderful young expression.

    T: Oh lovely, lov-e-ly! Reminds me somewhat of Ardbeg 10, but older versions, mixed with 1980’s Laphroaig 10 and a subtle drop or two of older/mature Balblair in the mix. Slows and thickens, becoming like fruity ashy runny honey that cordially runs and runs.

    F: Still with body and lightness, we see an effortlessly long/stretched out ambrosia-like sweet ashy finish with an ashtray note at the death, but in a suspended kind of way.

    C: Some appetiser! I love the subtle ones. Make sure you don’t miss them over all the noisier malts.


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