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Port Ellen 7th Release

Overall rating
92.22/100
votes
187
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

Average value

€ 2035.35

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 7th Release

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.22 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. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  3. AgentMunky scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • 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.

  4. nat3123 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    I won a bottle of this at auction, however it came without a box, does anyone have just the box they could send me?

  5. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 3974 sold empty at ebay.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    more complex than other releases
    • Nose
      Peat smoked lemon fruit
    • Taste
      powerful
    • Finish
      long

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  10. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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