Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
18 years old
7238 + 7239
61.1 % Vol.
350 ml 700 ml
Added on
14 Feb 2009 8:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1999.99

8 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

30 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1979 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.52 points

  1. sengaia scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is a great Port Ellen with that unique character I haven’t found anywhere else. It’s peaty, tarry, peppery and powerful with an underlying elegance and sweetness that combine wonderfully. It’s like an orchestra playing in the engine room of a ship - violence and beauty working together.

    You will need to add water to bring out all it has to offer. This is good, since you will have more.

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Today I'm tasting this whisky which was part of a virtual tasting from a local festival which included a flight of Lagavulin DE 1980, Ardbeg Ardbog, Bowmore Hand Filled 1999, and Port Ellen 1979 CS from G&M. Let's see how this one tastes.

    Nose begins with citrus zest, camphor, some smoke, seasalt air.

    Palate is more citrus zest, salted toffee, smoke, and honey.

    Finish is salt water toffee, smoke, oiliness, touch of pepper.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2000]  I had this dram during a Port Ellen rarities tasting at Rolandsbogen. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 87,5 points.  Unfortunately no additional notes were taken.

    By the way, at this tasting you could buy this excellent Port Ellen bottling https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1927/port-ellen-1981-tb for 189 Deutschmark
    (95 Euro), or this breath-taking Brora https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/2388/brora-1981-tb for just 10 Deutschmark more (99 Euro). 


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