Images of Islay Port Ellen Lighthouse MoS

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottling serie
Warehouse Collection
Sherry cask
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
04 Apr 2014 11:05 am by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 489.90

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Whisky Reviews for Images of Islay Port Ellen Lighthouse MoS

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Sensory magic’
    N: I love Port Ellen’s and this dram is indicative of my passion. Its - Boom! in your face: mineral flint, peat smoke, citrus, garage oils on concrete floors - [its all so elemental], coupled with coastal fishing nets and salty sea spray from a variable breeze, iron railings, oak chests, furniture polish, roasted carrots & parsnips,…. Theres one common element - its old stuff, not just the whisky itself nor the expression but the images it evokes - those of yesteryear. Port Ellen whiskies are special things indeed and if you spend long enough with them you’ll find it all, all the sights and smells - revolving round and round on a conveyor belt holding a plethora of smells from childhood. Sea shells [of course i licked them], pebbles, fried bread?!, deet!, jasmine, beer brewers fermenting yeast, algae covered rockery stones, lily ponds, and then every so often you get the a kiss of peated malt which quickly passes by on its aroma rotation cycle. As i was going for a wee sip I got a bonfire that was three days past going out, fabulous stuff, one of the best.
    T: Malty rich, intensely savoury and herbal [spearmint and nettles] sweet - THEN, a tidal wave of salivating new engine oil, and linseed oil which soakes the palate with like nothing ive experienced before, even more arresting that the Brora 30 9th release WB with the same vibrancy. Port Ellen is the ultimate Islay malt for me as it has touches of the whole islands’ distilleries as well as its own unique idiosyncrasies - it is the BOSS. The development goes on and on….oily, seasoned, mineral, herbal, citrus…. Add a drop of water to every mouthful and you get the creme!
    F: Like so many impressive malts that give everything on the nose, arrival and development, theres nothing missing at this point, Im only left to mention what lingers many ticks and tock after the main event: Elderflowers, crab apples, milky smoke, some vanilla, grit, mineral, flint, stone, rubble, chalk, brick dust. Its not half as drying as it sounds but anything would seem drying in comparison to the rehydrating qualities on the palate. Whats left - all manner of ashes, bitter charred wood, scorched oil. It probably sounds quite disgusting and if i had all those things residing in my mouth id think so too - but that is the magic of whisky, sensory magic.
    C: Sensational on all levels. Finally a note about abv. When a whisky like this is firing on all cylinders, theres no burn out. Happy days, at least it would be if i had a €479 [Oct ’14] floating around for a full bottle.

    Scores an A+

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very good Port Ellen that I still find a bit heavy and fat.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A nose that needs to be well ventilated to fully reveal itself. If it is quite confusing once served in the glass, after a good half hour, it is much more precise and chiseled.
      Orange, tangerine, lemon, fresh and zest, sprinkled with a few crystals of salt.
      Oily and heavy peat. Clove. Black pepper.
      Medicinal, bandage, camphor. We evolve on cold ash and tobacco.
      Oily leather, shoe polish cream.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth it is oily.
      We start with pencil lead, tobacco, ash, barbecue. The peat is oily and heavy. Grass, camphor, bandage.
      Star anise, cloves, leather, woody.
      Always salt, with a lemon indented.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish on lemon zest, smoke, ash, oily peat, pepper and cloves. Camphor, medicinal.

  3. Shmirns scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    What a stunner! It's been years since I opened a bottle of Port Ellen (how can you???), but my dad and I, stuck in a pandemic together, decided it was time to dig deep into "do not touch" bottles, and I'm so happy we did. You only live once, right?

    My first impression - believe it or not - was that this is what it would taste like if you took a Lagavulin 16 white horse bottling and super-aged it for 30+ years, then made it cask-strength. It's subtle, complex, harmonious, and simply gorgeous.

    The nose is - beyond the obvious peat - full of creamy vanillas and butterscotch, something I'd normally associate with a bourbon cask but I think this is sherry (?). A touch of mint starts to speak up after a minute, like in many beautiful old Islayers from this era. A whiff of old school pink bubble gum... Maybe a hint of tire.

    The mouthfeel is oily and viscous and coating, full of white ash. The finish is the real killer for me. It waits a few seconds, then ascends like a wave, full of wet cigar tobacco and that same white ash. After a moment, a boggy, musty decomposition takes over and defines it to the end. That part reminds me of some of the legendary cask strength Lagavulins from the 80s... Now add plenty of black liquorice and fennel, a little like those candy desserts at Indian restaurants...

    Don't worry, I know this isn't Lagavulin, but so much of it reminds me of it. I guess I just have such little reference points for Port Ellen.

    So good.

  4. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The highlight is the subtle and complex nose. The palate improved since bottle opening. It's now more balanced.
    An excellent Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      Subtle. Peat smoke, diesel oil, seaweeds, seashells, hints of lemons. A bit closed at first. With time, hints of ashes, tarry ropes, wet clothes, pebbles, aromatic herbs and more candied lemons.
    • Taste
      Oily, zesty and peppery. Leather, chocolate, tobacco, mentholated notes. Sweet fruity notes (red berries) in the background. A pinch of mouthwatering salt.
      With water, the nose is more mineral and lemony, the palate is more almondy and lemony.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding, as was
    to be expected. 480 EUR is quite expensive, but then again, this is a grand
    Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      Soft, creamy and
      sweet nose with just a subtle hint of Islay, but mostly honey, butter, vanilla
      and sugarcoated orange peel. Apple cider. Banana. Hints of candied syrup.
      Garden herbs. Wet rocks. The peat is supportive. I could swear this was a
      sherry cask.
    • Taste
      Soft arrival that
      becomes sweet from the get go. Ha! Wonderful yellow fruits, loads of honey, banana,
      orange zest and all this wrapped in a wonderful smoky and salty blanket.
      Sensual and round.
    • Finish
      The peat rears its
      head one more time in the medium long finish. Wonderfully smoky.

  6. Tastingbros scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Nose on a marine peat, with candied lemon, iodine, and motor oil. The kind of nose that tells a lot and that constantly evolves in the glass, it starts strong. On the palate it is powerful, oily, with a big peat on the cold ashtray. With time it is more the garage and sludge side that emerges, we keep it in the mouth for a long time afterwards ... It's funny because there is a classy peat side and then comes the engine oil, delicious

  8. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Soft and balanced; quite perfect sherry, quite sweet.

    Body: Sweet tobacco, leather, hay and lapsong suchong tea, with some sherry in the background but in no way dominant.

    Finish: very pleasant peaty finish.


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