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Port Ellen 5th Release

Overall rating
91.63/100
votes
251
Whiskybase ID
WB680
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2005
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
5280
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5216CM000
Barcode
5000281019482
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2410.15

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251 × member ratings

428 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 5th Release

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.63 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] My little dog passed away aged 15 (which is very old for dogs) this morning - she was healthy and enjoying life until the very end. Most probably she was the only dog who visited ALL distilleries in Scotland in person, and many of them several times. So I salute this exceptional dog with one of the most exceptional whiskies which is gone too (a long time ago) - may my dog enjoy a rebirth into another life just like Port Ellen is rebuild these days. Fibi was one of the best dogs in the world, R.I.P.

    [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 OB release (WB id 638)...

    ...which are 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
      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). The nose of 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.
    • Taste
      92 92
      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 my taste buds, too. No flaws or off-notes that I can detect in both drams. I go for a draw. 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 improves 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.
    • Finish
      93 93
      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 the texture is a little thinner than that of the 7th. This round takes the 7th. 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.

  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 (WB id 18542)...

    ...which was a head-to-head on an exceptional high quality level.  It proves that Port Ellen malts age in dignity.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The OB is significantly darker than the MoS and both noses are simply to adore. Typical PE style and very complex and rounded. The MoS has a slightly 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).
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste of the MoS again is less complex and very sweet with this trademark metallic PE taste (coppery). The OB is a real stunner on the palate: An almost uncountable number of different aromas and flavours charm my taste buds, all in great harmony. Perfectly balanced, simply exceptional stuff. Here the OB is unbeatable and wins with several points ahead...
    • Finish
      93 93
      Bold and mouth-coating arrival on both drams. Here I prefer the mouthfeel of the MoS over the OB as it is slightly more rich. The finish is long, longer, the longest with the OB. It turns a little drying towards 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.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Very powerful and good complexity - very good

    Really very balanced and round after the 2nd tasting which made me increase my rating
    • Nose
      93 93
      Peaty, little smoked fish, dry cigar tobacco, some yellow fruits, honey, little herbal, hints of vanilla, little meaty, whiffs of leather - very good
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, fruity, subtle sweetness, more peat and smoke, spices, pepper, ginger, apple, peach, little citric, little oak wood - great
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, fruity, spicy

  4. ctu scored this whisky 92 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
      92 92
      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
      93 93
      Powerful. The peat is strong but not excessive. Sour citruses, especially grapefruit, green apple peel, salt and vanilla cream.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, getting drier, sweet peat, sour citruses, tea

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Oyster-waxy, coniferous-smoky, almost perfect portellen. 23.5-23.5-23.5-23.5

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen is disarming. Very often I find in it the most favorite shades.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Lime blossom, an apple tree in bloom, yellow and green apples, the smoke barely perceptible, as if you quickly walked through the waridor past a dusty room. Tender apple jelly and even a little ginger in it.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Sweet, bright fruit, rather even apple flavor. The taste of green apples with honey.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Bright, sweet, fruity rich aftertaste with a slight taste of ash at the end.

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Patrick93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

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

    Probably the best Port Ellen i've tried!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. Deloti scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

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