Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas McGibbon (McG)
Bottling serie
McGibbon's Provenance
Winter 1982
Winter 2001
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 dec 2008 7:33 am

Average value

€ 1245.67

6 × in wishlist

67 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1982 McG

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.88 points

  1. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This PE is very open and shows what it has to offer. And these are a wide variety of aromas, which are usually well matched and never give rise to the thought of boredom. Due to the sulfur, the aftertaste does not quite fit into this great performance. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/04/24/altes-zeugs-iii/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. nomad_soul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: Colour: amber. Nose: a great mix of sherry and peat that blend perfectly here. Orange marmalade, smoke and pepper. Some great winey notes, together with some old rose, smoked ham and salmon, balsamic vinegar… Superb nose! Mouth: beautiful attack on wet stone, gentian an liquorice. Very special indeed. It then gets very peppery and slightly rubbery… Some great fruity notes (mostly dried orange coming from the sherry). Excellent malt, not too complex but extremely satisfying. Flawless and giving lots of pleasure. 88 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/ArchiveJanuary05-2.html#250105

  4. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic provenance, perfect balance of starch, smoke, spices, slightly dry fruit.
    • Nose
      Nose: Very nice nose, somewhat atypical PE, in some ways reminiscent of very old Guyana rums, dry, light, cold smoke and sweet spices such as camphor, saffron, cumin, tick oregano, fennel, dry, freshly grated cocoa, dry salami , Licorice, a hint of caraway
    • Taste
      The Islay toffees with smoke like Tobermory's, saffron, oregano, dry, beautiful leather, camphor, chamomile, fennel, beautiful oak, great cocoa behind it, dried tobacco, wild berries and parchment
    • Finish
      Licorice, Charcoal, Earl Gray, Tobacco, Blood Orange, Camphor, Long

  5. Lorion scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The nose is really extremely good, but the palate is a bit too ashy for me. 85 points.
    • Nose
      Islay in the nose. Salty smoke, algae and a little lemon. But I also immediately have salt caramel in my nose. Crazy! The citrus note becomes a bit fuller and now reminds of orange. And then grilled peach creeps in, becoming more and more intense. The smoke goes back, but comes out more clearly with a little hand warmth. An aromatic oak also resonates, which becomes more intense as the smoke breaks down. While the whisky is in the mouth, some fine vanilla pours into the nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet at first. Rich apple cider. Full and juicy. Then, it doesn't take long for soot to come into play. Slightly bitter. Burnt wood. Charred morass. The bitterness is palpable in the taste. Burnt baguette.
    • Finish
      Medium length and not really warm. What remains is a subtly bitter ash.

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2010]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 81,50 Euro in November, 2004.

    [September, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 81,50 Euro in November, 2004.

    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 and 87,5.  My notes state a minor sulphurous impression which is marginal and not annoying in this case.  Without the sulphur it would have been a 90+ score.

  7. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Rough Islay with character and some nice sweetness from the Sherry-cask.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Single dram note.

    The first PE i have been able to taste and I must say that I am eager to try more of it.

    Fantastic on the palate!
    • Nose
      Clear and rough Islay-character with a lot of salt and patches of peatsmoke. But at the same time, there is this subtle and slight dark and sweet Sherry witch moves towards leather from the beginning.

      caramel, plum jam, cherries, pepper.

      Then a more heavy and slightly tart sweetness from peated dark chocolate arises.

      Cool sea breeze and smoked caramel are melting together, giving also impressions of an old garage.

      Later on there is a strong coffee and more of the leather as well, somehow like old and wet leather-shoes (as a friend stated).
    • Taste
      A lot of citrus like tangerines being there and playing almost throughout as well as other fruits like cherries, going into sweetness with cherry jam, adding some nice peat from time to time.

      Motor oil, dark chocolate, pepper, spices, smoke and some great freshness.

      There is everlasting and returning freh light brine with sspashes of lemon juice - this is truly great!
    • Finish
      Burnt wood, pepper and peat, clear and good Islay-character...

      Coal, manufacturing plant, hints of espresso grounds, peppery sweetness, some cocoa, some seaweed, hints of ash, slightly oily with a bit of salt, not too dry.

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/drei-dunkle-abfuellungen-von-port-ellen-und-ardbeg-und-eine-islays-delight-26535/ Color: copper
    Nose: Sweet Sherry with fine sea salt notes, with smoke and a subtle peat note; Appearances of lemon and vanilla as well as raisins.
    Taste: Very salty, more vanilla, sherry with light wood aromas. Attractions of old cognac.
    Finish: Earthy, ever-drier oak notes, accompanied by vanilla and leather. Tender peat, embedded in light smoke, with very dark chocolate.
    Remark: Stay dry and stick a bit woody on the palate.
    89 points (nose: 90 / taste: 88 / finish: 88)

  10. Sir Provenance scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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