Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2117.35

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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 5th Release

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.45 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 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 5th OB release of Port Ellen versus the 7th https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/638/7th-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
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Another head-to-head tasting day, this time two highly praised Port Ellen - this OB 5th release (25 years old) versus a 27 years old MoS edition https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/18542/port-ellen-1983-mos.

    Colour:  The OB is significantly darker than the MoS.

    Nose:  Ooohh, both are simply to adore.  Typical PE style and very complex and rounded.  The MoS has a slighly more powerful profile while the OB is more balanced with a wider aromas spectrum.  I find the OB more spectacular (but the vanilla and metallic spike of the MoS is great, too).

    Arrival:  Bold and mouth-coating on both drams.  Here I prefer the mouthfeeling of the MoS over the OB as it is slightly more rich.

    Taste:  The MoS again is less complex in its profile and very sweet with this typical metallic PE taste (coppery).  The OB is a real stunner on the palate:  An almost uncountable number of different aromas and flavours charm your taste buds, all in great harmony.  Perfectly balanced, simply exceptional stuff.  Here the OB is unbeatable and wins with several points ahead...

    Finish:  Long, longer, the longest is with the OB.  It is a little drying in the end (cold ashes) but this is okay, rather a nice supplement than unpleasant.  The MoS is defeated again, but it is a proud runner-up.  Very long finish too on sweet vanilla and peaty notes - a great combo.

    This was a head-to-head on an exceptional high quality level.  It shows that Port Ellen malts age in dignity...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. ctu scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    After the 10th Release and the 7th Release Islay Collection this is the third best annual release what I tasted.
    Very outstanding on the nose and the finish.
    • Nose
      Very complex. Sweet peat, salt, oil, lime, fresh cut grass, herbals, vanilla pudding, eucalyptus, menthol and camphor.
      Slighthly farmy notes, fresh hay, marzipan and smoke. Excellent!
    • Taste
      Powerful. The peat is strong but not excessive. Sour citruses, especially grapefruit, green apple peel, salt and vanilla cream.
    • Finish
      Long, getting drier, sweet peat, sour citruses, tea

  4. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  5. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 4608 sold empty at ebay.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    At the end of the bottle now and I have revised my overall rating to 93 points, I still think this id probably the best of the annual releases I have tried.

  7. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The 5th Release is one of the best annual releases.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The 5th release is one of the best releases, a very refined dram and absolutely no need to add water to enjoy it either.
    • Nose
      Restrained and elegant on brine, grapefruit, menthol, petrol fimes and very sweet peat.

      Great nose, just as I remember it the last time I had it.
    • Taste
      Powerful and sharp but in a good way. The peat comes over the tongue in a wave of creaminess and there are a few caramel notes with it.

      Fruit is obvious, lemon, grapefruit and hints of sour apple.

      The brine comes through but basically its fruit and peaty.
    • Finish
      Long, smooth on sweet peat.

  10. markkerr02 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Test 060: Old Islay Malts - 060513 The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Bunnahabhain 40Y / 1963 - 42.9% 1 point Glass 2 Bruichladdich 35Y / Legacy 3 - 40.7% 0 points Glass 3 Port Ellen 25Y / 1979, Annual Release 5 - 57.4% 1 point Glass 4 Caol Ila 23Y / 1978, Rare Malts - 61.7% 3 points Glass 5 Bowmore 34Y / 1971 - 51% 7 points Glass 6 Lagavulin 25Y - 57.2% 7 points Glass 7 Laphroaig 31Y / 1974, Sherry Cask - 49.7% 27 points Glass 8 Ardbeg 1972/2004 - 48.5% 9 points
    Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Port Ellen 25Y / 1979, Annual Release 5 - 57.4% Color: Gold-colored Scent: Vanilla tones, sprittons, smoke tones Taste: First sweeten then clean smokiness, vanilla tones, salt tones Aftertaste: Long with smoke and vanilla tones, slightly salted; The seal remains for a long time Score: 89 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2060%20Gammal%20Islay%20Superspecial.html


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