Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Miniature
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml
Old Map Label
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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 1971 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.00 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Divine aroma, excellent taste, good aftertaste, alas, in descending order, but, nevertheless, the highest league - power, density, beauty.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, light and airy notes of peat, burnt twigs, smoked salmon and lemon peel, carpentry workshop, old furniture, old leather goods, pipe tobacco, incredible lightness and many half-tones, nuts, ash, shoe cream, creamy notes, you can endlessly sniff out higher-order derivatives, which simply makes no sense to describe, you just need to enjoy, the scent is close to ideal.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, wood-grain with powerful peat and smoky notes, strong pepper wave, burnt branches, strong coffee, metallic sourness, mountain ash, roasted nuts, tobacco, smoked meat.
    • Finish
      Spicy, smoky-peat, smoked, ginger, lemon peel, grain, coffee, tobacco, creamy notes, fudge.

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    "Farmy notes" of wet animal skin and hay with soft caramel, citrus, grapefruit, lime and sweet-peaty broth stand in the glass. Add flavors of wet coal, lead, phenolic smoke and ash, as well as honey, vanilla and a sweetish fruit juice mix of golden kiwi and pomegranate.
    Soft, only slightly spicy, even slightly diluted at the beginning - but then quickly spinning. The farmy notes with the wet coal and ashes characterize the second part of the taste. Peat, smoke, some caramel, vanilla and only a little fruit - not even as sweet as the nose might suggest.
    Medium long - still influenced by the farmy notes. The spice loses itself and smoky peat, as well as sweet lime remain behind.
    The second part of the taste is here formative. Despite the same score in the nose, the taste is the better part (91+)!
    91 points
    N: 91P / G: 91P / F: 90P

  3. checkpointrk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Miniature 2

    ‘Light, subtle excellence’
    N: This is an improvement on the first bottle i tried [maybe its the improved bottle level]. Its slighty lighter in colour too. More chocolate up front and more fruits, less peat, much less genericness and with more finesse and subtlety - the oily/mineral notes coming across particularly delicately. This is in a different league to the last bottle offering more complex flavours such as beeswax, violin resin, melted butter mixed with a drop of cream, a light fruity carbonate [some random note from days of playing with Sodastreams], with more peat showing, joined by an old leather sofa, sweet apples, NZ Sauvignon [gooseberries], sweet plum pie and discarded hazelnut shells. Its a touch cardboardy but moves to a fruit juice/peated/oak maltiness after time in the glass. Quite some spirit showing against the peat levels, especially in comparison to the last miniature but there is certainly harmony here. More butter now, white & unsalted mixed with a squeeze of lime, sweet potato vodka, the peated grain swirling around as if engaged in a mesmerising dance. After maybe an hour ill settle for chocolate covered, peated apple crumble with crushed peanuts sprinkled on top, served with a melon & papaya fruit salad. Absolutely stunning, it never stops divulging.
    T: Delicate, light but silky-rich arrival, sleek oily, malty grain development turning to a salty>peppery, dirty/mineral peatiness - with lemon and orange juice joining the party before the peatiness moves to a charring. Goes into the finish prematurely where often id expect a little more magic. Simple but delicious stuff with a delectable mouthfeel.
    F: Theres a heavier oak charring into the finish before becoming oily again with more [light] lemon & orange juice and salt ’n’ pepper. Mainly disappears to a light, oily, creamy grain/spirit with salty, charred/peaty ash on the tip of the tongue. Theres a subtle and light chewiness at the end with that [faint but] familiar PE finale with a [cigarette] ash mouthful lingering for ages and ages. If the delivery was a little subdued, Its all here for the last act.
    C: Podium places [gold to bronze]: Nose/finsh/taste. I had a hunch that the last bottle wasn’t a Port Ellen. This one certainly is and an excellent one at that. Sadly its still compromised by the abv level but its fantastic all the same. In three words: Light, subtle excellence.

    Scores an A-

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Miniature 1

    N: Theres that familiar 1970’s G&M genericness along with [soft] but deep peaty/mineral oily notes. The nose is rather subtle and the particular notes need coaxing out from within the glass from where they lay rest for decades, starting off with sweet, estery stewed apple tannins, weak orange juice, gentle peat smoke, old ’n’ oily oak and mild fruit tea. This is undoubtedly coastal with its saltiness and oiliness along with more stewed fruits [this time lemons] with duck in plum sauce served alongside pad thai noodles [happily the nose has no international culinary boundaries]. Theres the smell of an old larder alongside a traditional grocers with firm indications of festering fruit and vegetables along with dried goods. This is an old one for sure with plenty of layers but I don’t recognise this as Port Ellen. I do recognise it as standard G&M ’70’s fayre.
    T: Peat up front with a soft but rounded, oily mouthful of smoked apples, toasted oats, smoked/oaked honey and more stewed lemons. Stays put for a while before mild fresh aniseed~moving to roasted chicory heralds the beginning of the end. Fairly candid and short/medium development.
    F: Deep layers of salted peat-smoke and oily oak with bitter charred lemon and an orange juice reprise. Theres heaps of zingy salt at the death with layer upon layer of oily, oaky, minerally, smoky ‘oldness’. Deceptively long finish with more twists and turns than expected.
    C: A good classic old style bottling let down however by a relatively ordinary development, namely its [G&M] genericness and bottling strength. Podium places are as follows [gold to bronze]: Finish/nose/taste.
    FURTHER: Im dubious of this bottle’s provenance as a Port Ellen. This miniature had a moderately low level which may well have affected its performance. Fortunately i bought two identical bottles to compare, the second with an excellent fill level.

    Scores a B


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