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Port Ellen - 1979 - Connoisseurs Choice

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Port Ellen - 1979 - Connoisseurs Choice

Postby priller » Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:30 pm

I wandered into an old store the other day and found a bottle of Port Ellen - 1979 - Connoisseurs Choice 16YO (Bottled 1995). It was only US$46.00, so I bought it.

I see that Michael Jackson only gives the 1980 CC a score of 77.

Has anybody tried this 1979 Port Ellen?

Is this something that I should consider saving as a collectable? Or just open and enjoy?
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Re: Port Ellen - 1979 - Connoisseurs Choice

Postby BruceCrichton » Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:28 pm

priller wrote:I wandered into an old store the other day and found a bottle of Port Ellen - 1979 - Connoisseurs Choice 16YO (Bottled 1995). It was only US$42.00, so I bought it.

I see that Michael Jackson only gives the 1980 CC a score of 77.

Has anybody tried this 1979 Port Ellen?

Is this something that I should consider saving as a collectable? Or just open and enjoy?


That's a great price for Port Ellen. I have no idea if that bottling is any good.

I've had a great Old Malt Cask Port Ellen (1981) which was quite expensive (£75).
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Postby Lawrence » Thu Nov 11, 2004 7:00 pm

Port Ellen is highly sought after and that is a fairly low price for a closed distillery and especially and closed Islay. Many would argue that since it's an closed distillery its a collectable. However whisky was made to be drunk so you might consider buying it and then trying it!
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Postby Tom » Sat Nov 13, 2004 5:20 pm

i agree, there you are with a botlle of one of the most highly collecteble whisky there is, and you got it for a great price, if u never had a port ellen before here's your golden opportunity to try it. even if its not all that good, you will have tried it, over 5 years i dont think any new whiskylover will get to try PE anymore as the prices are breathtaking. if i was you, i wouldnt hesitate a split second and open it.
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Nov 13, 2004 6:55 pm

:D Have you opened it yet?
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Postby Jeroen Kloppenburg » Sun Nov 14, 2004 11:56 am

For that price I would buy 4 bottles or so.. LOL

Seriously, you wouldnt have any probs drining it, and it its great you still have another bottle to pop open at a later stage! And if your one of those who keeps bottles locked away to look at it, or invest in it, you still have some left then!
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Postby priller » Sun Nov 14, 2004 3:14 pm

Unfortunately, there was just one dusty bottle sitting on the back shelf. This was primarily a grocery store that had some liquor in the back. I'm sure the guy didn't even know what he had.

I see there's a 1980 CC on eBay right now that's up to $123.00, so my $46.00 find looks pretty good.

Think I'll save it for New Year's or some other special day.
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