Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
Calculated age
33 years old
Refill Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
30/01/13 AB/AGBI
Added on
29 Apr 2013 5:41 pm

Average value

€ 1810.44

13 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1979 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.43 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An interesting mole, not too diverse in derivatives, but not minimalistic in any way, very rich in shades and semitones, deep, velvet, autumn, with the feel of the carpet of fallen leaves underfoot.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, freshly cut boards, joiner's workshop, solvent, fallen leaves, herbarium, light peat notes.
    • Taste
      Saturated, woody-sweet, cappuccino, creamy notes, baklava, nuts, light astringency and bitterness of the young bark, lemon zest, dry herbs, honey, lightest peat.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, light mix-grassy notes, buckwheat honey, corn, roasted nuts, cappuccino, orange peel.

  2. Pauliepol scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Great whisky! Shame It's not cask strenght.

  3. Gråmantel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    3cl Sample. As I write this, it is a beautiful summer evening so I treat myself to open this sample. For me, this is whisky that I personally would never be able to afford to buy 70cl of, a sample may be enough for me and other mortals. 33 year old Port Ellen, I do my best not to be influenced by cult status and the "rare" aspect. 3cl gives me just a little insight. You can only dream of having 70cl of this and be with you during the trip when it changes in the bottle as time goes on.
    • Nose
      An old wood note. I imagine a dry attic storage in an old house. Even a little damp wood appears after a good while in the glass. White pepper. Salt. Leather. Full-bodied maltiness. It changes a little all the time. Poured over from a Glencairn to a 1920's blender glass and immediately got an 'older' and more oaky, slightly sherry-like scent.
    • Taste
      Very soft and shy at first, a little woody vanilla sweetness. Minerality. Jumps a bit between sweet and salty actually. A slight peatiness comes after about 10 seconds in the mouth. Sawdust (as it smells). Salt toffee. Really good.
    • Finish
      Medium. A little salmiak and also some mint. This is probably where the 46% are reminded, it does not really reach the official releases (which I have some experience of, have not tried many PE's)


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