Port Ellen 3rd Annual Release 1979 24 Years Old (2003)

Port Ellen


The eighth release sold out in a few days and the first edition now commands about a grand if you can find it, so this is a bargain. Classic PE kippers 'n' slippers character, with plenty of grunt from the high alcohol.

TASTING NOTES (by Whiskyfun.com)

Colour: pale gold. Nose: this one is much more vegetal, grassy, lemony and malty, maybe not really violent but it hasn’t got the ‘polished’ side of this year’s release. Big notes of lamp oil, fresh putty, walnut skins and marzipan. Also hints of antiseptic and nail polish. I like the ‘7’ really better as far as the nose is concerned. Mouth: much better now, even if a tad less complex than the ‘7’. Quite similar in fact, maybe a tad waxier and more almondy and peppery. Also a bit drying – it seems that there’s more oak here. Gets a little too hot, let’s see what happens with water (while the nose got even grassier): it’s almost plain seawater now! Smoked seawater, amazing... Finish: long ‘of course’ but rather rough, salty and grassy. Well, this is great whisky but I liked the ‘7’ better. Much more complexity. SGP:187 – 86 points.


    Distillery Port Ellen
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    # Released bottle 9000
    Vintage 1979
    Age 24
    Bottler Official Bottling
    Bottling Date 2003
    ABV/ Volume 57.3%/ 70cl
    Rating/SGP 86/187
    Cask Number -


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