Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Hogshead
DL 1344
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Dec 2008 8:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 862.07

3 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1979 DL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. WillemvdK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Quite possible the most dirty whisky I've ever had. It's unique, that's for sure. Very complex, but absolutely very polarizing. Hate it or love it, I guess.
    • Nose
      Very dry, coastal and vegetal. Brine, seaweed, hay, wheat grass (the powdered kind), black pepper, lemon peel, green tea and campfire ash. After some time it gets fruitier. Sweet exotic fruit like dragon fruit and mango.
    • Taste
      The arrival is quite dry and dirty. Burnt bread, ashes, smoked ham (slightly burnt), dry grass, buttered popcorn and old dirty stable.
    • Finish
      dry, smoky and very long.

  2. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Never-ending story’
    N: Occasional wafts of sweet caramel and butteriness with a peaty yeastiness, a good dose of salt on drift wood, sour-cream peat, limestone and citrus, malt and herbals - but always leaning towards the sweet and savoury side. Very Talisker like but with a Bladnoch edge too, displaying thick dairy cultures, dry cow pats, seaside rock salt, dusty old boats and fishing net hues. Always peppery, yeasty, peaty and malty and a picture of a hot and dry old beach hut, possibly a disused smoke hut. Incredibly balanced, fascinating, ever changing, delicate, organic nose.
    T: The arrival is a ‘whoosh’ of flavours - touch of caramel, peat, cream, salty and sour and light and oily throughout, peppery now with seaweed notes flood through strongly, everything becoming more herbal
    F: Maritime development pushes into the finish, with burned wood and drying peat ever present, old in style with more bourbon caramel following. Theres some cough sweet fruits and more pepperiness, more dustiness, and later that familiar PE saline note coming through at the end, but - pepper, peat, smoky old wood, caramel and rock salt still remain strong with the whole profile forever jostling for position. Its all in tact many minutes later, still constantly renewing itself. Residual notes after ten minutes are witch hazel and smoke oil.
    C: Never ending story this one as it doesn’t seem to finish. Another PE stunner.

    Scores an A

  4. aby scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    nose: i think some describe this as ozone, salt, and the smell of an empty smokehouse in which eel has been smoked (Spakenburg be like ..)

    taste: heavy peat, smoky and a bit spicy

    finish: strong peat, seaweed   very long finish, the briny aftertaste stays for hours.

    overall: a good very typical Port Ellen. I especially like the nose.  89p

    sample available at: whiskysample.nl


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