Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Oct 2007 10:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2105.65

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 7th Release

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.70 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [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 dramtically 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.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    straw yellow
    Salty maritime with rich creamy-green fruit flavors. Dull cardboard, paper, some vanilla, lime, avocado and leather.
    Soft, harmonious and maritime-spicy. Quite hot on the tongue - dull, fruity, spicy and very straightforward. With notes of delicious vanilla, frozen cream, brittle and yellow apple, the nose is topped here.
    Long - with herbs, light green fruit (apple) and an "ice cream shop feeling" with lime ice cream, vanilla, a lot of cream and brittle. Then the "Islay Ice Cream Parlor" turns and it goes in the direction of origin: smoke, peat, a bit of wet coal and ash and a mineral note of brooks - very nice.
    92 points
    N: 91P / G: 92P / F: 92P

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A dream. Maybe the best nose I have ever had.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    To think I bought a 20cl bottle of this from TWE in September 2013 for £175. It came in the 2007 Islay Collection pack that included Caol Ila’s 12 & 18 and Lagavulin’s 12 & 16. Still unopened, let’s see what I have to forward to, thanks to another generous 1cl sample pour from Tomislav. There must be 2.5cl here!

    N: Another significant abv hike initially makes this one more austere than the previous pair. Profile-wise, we’ve some more [unheated] cooking oils but this one is more grassy, patisserie-pastry-like and bready with a [white] rum-like burnt toast note. Add to this dried lemon rind grated over a soft peach and accompanied by lemon confectionery pieces, seasoned with a half-turn of black pepper and the obligatory [table] saltiness [of course], all cleverly wrapped with up with pieces of straw. Need I go on? Should I? No! Let’s see how things translate on the palate.

    T: Oh, how nice to have stepped up the abv gears. It’s rather intense flavour-wise with a whole gamut of descriptors and flavours that run in all at once. Compared to the 11yo & 13yo’s we’ve a more condensed whisky that talks of those oak-induced sugars that only come with age, great age. Then there’s a liquorice-y peppery > harissa-like heat as this one grows,…

    F: ,… and expands and becomes more and more talkative. With offerings aplenty, the trajectory will eventually bring us towards an ashy vanilla] oak-aged finish, all super integrated, reflective,… I’ll stop there.

    C: At an age where this whisky just beginning to diverge and meld into the tree of all spirits, this is a big colourful malt that would make the Wee Beastie run and hide. A tremendous whisky that on another day in different circumstances, with a different crowd… Emotionally I’m hankering after the previous two.

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth, balanced and beautiful. Some delicate peat and smoke, a lot of fruitiness and sweetness accompanied by some gentle peppers. Really good stuff.
    • Nose
      90 90
      very smooth, just a gentle slice of peat, accompanied by some citrus fruitiness, Some honey and vanilla, then some smooth smoke comes in.
      Later on even some caramel-like sweetness, and some smooth vanilla again.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very smooth, with a nice gentle tingling mouthfeel. Some peppers, honey sweetness, some orange, thick structure.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Still some light peppers left, nog some sweet light smoke and peat comes in, with honey, some citrus, orange.
      Long finish, some (oak)wood influence now.

  6. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  8. AgentMunky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      75 75
      7.5/7.5 Distant smoke and strong herbs. The sharpness is mild and pleasant with nose of mint or anise.
    • Taste
      98 98
      9.5/9.5 Just wow. This is amazing before adding any water, and a few drops just magnifies the heathery aspects of the scintillating, clean body laced with herbs. The smoke slides in on the endtaste and is balanced, dry, and ensorcelling.
    • Finish
      85 85
      8.5 A tad brief, but maybe that's just because the whiff of peat makes me miss the oiler, chewier aspects of the body.

  9. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 3974 sold empty at ebay.

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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


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