Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas McGibbon (McG)
Bottling serie
McGibbon's Provenance
Winter 1981
Spring 2000
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Dec 2008 7:03 am

Average value

€ 989,34

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39 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1981 McG

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.03 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 85 Euro (166 Deutschmark) in July, 2000 and this is my last saved sample.  Absolutely clean sherry combined with the standard Port Ellen malt profile results in a highly drinkable whisky.  Nothing spectacular, but simply delicious to sip.  I do not need a "Wow!" whisky every day.  If I simply want to relax from the days work such an easy-going dram is best.  You do not have to investigate it for hours nor to concentrate all your senses to get the last flavour and aromas detected - no:  You simply enjoy it and let loose.  That is what whisky is made for!

    PS:  Do not get me wrong.  A very complex malt or an "oompf" dram is a great thing to have in your glass when you are in the mood of exploration.  But sometimes I am simply in a different mood...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice and slightly gentler Port Ellen, good for PE beginners, has beautiful tea notes and the light eucalyptus also fits nicely to the sherry influence.
    • Nose
      Beautiful Roisboostee, gentler than other Port Ellens in the nose, the sherry covers it gently without overlapping it completely, autumn leaves, hints of sea salt, some iodine and eucalyptus, berry bushes, grapefruit and blood orange, lavender and a hint of licorice
    • Taste
      Blood orange, old, dry tobacco box, licorice, grapefruit peel, some, lavender, rosemary, thyme, sea salt, roibo tea, autumn leaves, campfire still glowing slightly, eucalyptus, iodine, crust of rye bread, later also dark malt
    • Finish
      Dry, ashy, while brown sugar sweetness, tea, salt and dark malt, grapefruit skin, medium to long

  3. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      The Islay seabreeze and soft peat. A Little sweetness and light sourness.
    • Taste
      Mild and oily approach with a lot more peat and sweet spices. Good body and oak tannins sliding down and leaving a light bitterness.
    • Finish
      Good Little too much drying out finish with some peaty smoke.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose is the best part on this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Stronger on the palate than your usual 43% offerings.

    Not a great PE but a solid one.
    • Nose
      Peat, tar, dark chocolate, prune juice, rum & raisin, sweet smoke.
    • Taste
      More peat than the nose suggested, with some rubber and cream notes but not a sweet cream, it is also quite drying.

      There is a hint of dark fruit and some red plum skin and the peat is growing.
    • Finish
      Reasonable length on peat and fudge.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2000]  I had my first dram during a Port Ellen rarities tasting at

    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 87,5
    points.  My notes state a nicely sherry sweetness.

    By the way, at this tasting you could buy this excellent Port Ellen bottling https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1927/port-ellen-1981-tb for 189 Deutschmarks (95 Euros), or this breath-taking Brora https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/2388/brora-1981-tb for just 10 DM more (99 Euros). 

  8. Sir Provenance did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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


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