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Port Ellen 7th Release

Overall rating 158 votes 92.05
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
5274
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Oct 2007 10:00 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Member rates

365 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

8 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
24 Sep 2017 7:54 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[September, 2017]  Election day in Germany and it seems as if the great consensus has ended (GroKo - the two big coalition parties Conservatives and Social Democrats have both dramatically lost).  Perhaps I have to drink more rum in the future (because the most likely new government is nick-named Jamaica coalition).  So I have to empty my saved whisky samples quickly and I will start with a stunning pairing:  This 7th OB release of Port Ellen versus the 5th https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/680/port-ellen-5th-release.  

Colour:  The colour of the 5th is one shade darker at yellow gold than the 7th that is old gold.  The texture of the 7th shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass that very slowly transforms into sticky fat tears that very slowly build legs (this is a great oiliness!).  The 5th shows many small sticky tears at the top of the glass that slowly consolidate into bigger tears with very slow moving legs (a very good oiliness, too).

Nose:  The 5th offers an adorable honey-sweet and maritime-peaty profile with lots of different aromas in a superb balance.  The 7th is much more shy on the nose on a comparable profile that shows some more floral and fruity aromas.  The nose of the 5th gets more shy after a while too, so both are best nosed immediately after opening the bottle.  I like the 5th a little better than the 7th.  

Initial mouthfeel:  The 7th arrives bold and immediately mouth-coating on the palate with some (rather nice) peppery moments.  The 5th has a warming and coating mouthfeel too but this is a little less than the 7th.  This round takes the 7th.

Taste:  The 7th offers a rich and unbelievable complex flavours profile that is truly multi-layered.  The 5th owns about the same complexity of aromas on the palate and rolls in different waves over the tastebuds, too.  No flaws or off-notes that I can detect in both drams.  I go for a draw.

Finish:  Both have a very long finish with no bitter or drying notes at all.  The 5th is quite sweet on honey flavours surrounded by peaty and spicy aromas.  The finish of the 7th offers more floral-herbal aromas that nicely join in the overall complex flavours mix that still is greatly balanced and harmonic.  Both drams literally stick to the throat and provide a long-lasting tasting experience.  Again I like the 7th a little bit more but with some water added the 5th catches up to be on par with the 7th.

Water is not needed on the 7th as it turns the dram flatter and releases minor drying moments (papers) so I like it best when neat.  The 5th impoves on some water added and releases more floral-herbal aromas in the nose and some nice chocolatey flavours in the finish, too.  This one I like better when reduced to about 46% abv.

Two great and absolutely adorable drams that force me NOT to join the (Jamaica) rum coalition and keep faith with my beloved scotch whisky.

Weighted Rate
92.4
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
94
Finish
93
Price
88
Presentation
92
There is no accounting for taste...
Jean-Brice
Expert Senior Jean-Brice Tasting note
23 Oct 2016 1:54 pm
Jean-Brice gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Tourbe citron fumée fruits

Taste

puissante

Finish

longue

Comments

plus complexe que d'autres releases

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lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
31 Jul 2015 12:16 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92.1
Nose
93
Initial taste
93
Body
95
Finish
94
Price
81
Presentation
90
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
30 Jul 2015 8:13 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

 Delicate on menthol, shoe polish, honeycomb, cough candy, peat is juicy and not overpowering, sugared almonds.

Taste

Peaty bitterness that coats the mouth, fishermens friends cough sweets (but not as strong), lemony citrus and it is also creamy.

Finish

Long soothing.

Comments

WITH WATER

Nose - More honey and lemon now

Palate - Peat is a little stronger now along with smokey tar but there is also some sweetness which balances it out really well.

Finish - Still long

I thought this was better neat but it does not matter too much as the profile is excellent. A very good official Port Ellen which is hard to fault from any angle. Worthy of the high praise it always gets.

Georges
Connoisseur Georges Review note
14 Aug 2014 10:30 pm
Georges gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.8
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
95
Finish
92
Price
84
Presentation
80
Georges
Connoisseur Georges Tasting note
14 Aug 2014 10:57 pm
Georges gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Peat smoke, flowery, lemons, honey, vanilla, mint

Taste

Peat smoke, bitter, vanilla, maritime influences

Finish

Long, marzipan, nuts, salty

Comments
Sonett
Connoisseur Sonett Tasting note
04 Nov 2012 12:01 pm
Sonett gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Smoke, coal, some vanilla, fruityness, lemon.  Slight sting from alcohol. Some water moves the vanilla and lemon to the back and makes the smoke less intense.


Taste

Coal and Peat. little vanilla and coastal. slightly salty

Finish

Long peaty with a taste of coal

Comments
Sonett
Collector57
Expert Senior Collector57 Tasting note
07 Sep 2011 9:34 pm
Collector57 gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Burning rubber Lemon and - porridge A bit later vanilla and just a trace of mint. 

Taste

Smoke and tea (Lapsang? Not quite). Herbal liqueur like Drambuie. Maybe a bit of liquorice in there at the end. Quite mouthwatering - but astringent at the same time (odd that).

Finish

Smoked fish. Sweet honey Salt. Very long indeed.

Comments

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