Port Ellen 7th Annual Release 1979 28 Years Old (2007)

Port Ellen


This annual release for Port Ellen from Diageo is another 1979. We sold our allocation of the sixth release in a matter of weeks, so please be quick if you want one of these. As with the Brora, we don't know how many more of these releases there will be...

TASTING NOTES (by Whiskyfun.com)

Here’s the new Annual Release! We’ll oppose it to the 3rd Annual Release because it’s the one we never gotten around to write decent tasting notes about, and to a new Signatory because it’s, err, new. Colour: pale gold. Nose: it seems that this one is a rather complex version, which does not start only on big whiffs of burning tyres and lemons but also on soaked grains, porridge and wet ropes. The peat smoke is big as expected but it’s melted into the rest. Mullein flowers, crystallised lemons, lemon honey, vanilla crème, raw wool, clams, spearmint. It gets then a little more austere but never ‘brutal’. A civilised Port Ellen? Palate: well, yes, in a certain way. Quite interestingly, this one reminds me more of an old Ardbeg than of a Port Ellen on the palate. Very nervous and very ‘wide’, with notes of tangerines, Chinese anise, bubblegum (hints), smoked tea, gentian spirit (hello Vienna?), crab, green Chartreuse and even Jägermeister, liquorice roots... Gets almost restless now, concentrated, big, bitterer and bitterer (more herbs liqueurs)... What a presence! Finish: long, more on marzipan now, green walnuts, liquorice, kippers, sea water (remember?) Well well well, we had thought this one would be a very nice and gentle whisky when nosing it first but at the finish it got quite a monster. A vampire? Great whisky anyway – nothing really new under the sun. SGP:288 (wazzat?) - 92 points.


    Distillery Port Ellen
    Classification Single Malt Whisky
    # Released bottle 5274
    Vintage 1979
    Age 28
    Bottler Official Bottling
    Bottling Date 2007
    ABV/ Volume 53.8%/ 70cl
    Rating/SGP 92/288
    Cask Number -


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