Port Ellen 9th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2009
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
24 Sep 2009 6:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2502.51

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280 × member ratings

646 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 9th Release

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.37 points

  1. RobbievdB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Always fun to try a whisky from a closed distillery and to start 2021 with a bang (hopefully), I chose this sample. A 30yo Port Ellen, should be a treat right?!

    This has a fresh, fruity and maritime start. Pears and apricots dominate next to salty maritime aromas and fine smokey aromas. Given the abv this doesn’t bite the nostrils. A citrusy and vanilla sweet continuation in the mouth where the salty, smokey and maritime notes become stronger. Nice oily mouthfeel and the alcohol is very well integrated. A nice long finish remains.

    Nice Port Ellen, but I have to be honest I’m not completely blown away and wouldn’t spend near €2k to buy a bottle of this stuff. A 30 yo Caol Ila does more or less the same and doesn’t hurt your wallet that much.

  2. Funtik scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    Creamy, fruity and very leathery. Orange, sherry, wood, honey and juicy mirabelle plums and apricots. In addition, a powerful salty flavor, which is underlaid with accents of lead, charcoal and old cardboard. But also peat, smoke and echoes of furniture polish - fresh - lively - great!
    Soft and very salty-spicy starting. The salt content is enormous and combines with hot chilli, paprika and coarse pepper. With additional notes of coal, wet ash, mighty peat, wood and a bit pulpy orange fruit, the result is a harmonious mouthfeel - great!
    Very long - absolutely clean and filled with delicious phenols. The peat board stays and the wet, dark coal notes fit perfectly. In addition, with sherry, orange, a little cocoa in connection with well integrated wood, this results in a consistently high quality from A to Z.
    93 points
    N: 93P / G: 93P / F: 93P

  4. aspa scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Ocean! Salty, oily, maritime and slightly smoky. This is how a Port Ellen must smell to me. that is perfectly the typical profile with which I think I can recognize Port Ellen among many.
    Rubber, glue, and more oily marine salt. The smoke is sweet, like a well-marinated suckling pig and fried bacon. The alcohol is also well integrated here according to the age and does not sting. But there is enough power here too. Meat glazed with honey from the charcoal grill. With hot, slightly bitter mustard.
    A very special but simply great nose for me!

    Very round, soft, but also very powerful in the mouth. The taste changes again to this maritime aroma, which reminds me extremely of oysters. In addition, it is still oily and salty. For me, this is Port Ellen in top form. The smoke is now subtle in the background and I mainly just notice these extreme maritime notes, plus a little glue and wood oil. I almost forget the smoke. The whisky has a strong structure, it almost feels like I have something solid in my mouth, not a liquid. The sea and fish are omnipresent and make this dram so special. Also especially good for me.

    The finish is long and pleasant. The aromas from the taste continue nicely, but there is a slight addition of white pepper that tickles the edge of the tongue. It remains extremely oily, salty and maritime. Here, too, the oysters are dominant. I only notice smoke because I know that it should be there. The longer the taste sticks in the mouth, the more there is somehow a taste of smoke from the charcoal grill. From my point of view, this departure should stay forever.

    A whisky that is very special to me and of my own, I don't know anything like that, but I love it. This is a real character whisky, and I simply won't find these extreme maritime flavors anywhere else.

    N-94, T-96, F-95 for also top-notch 95 points
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      It takes some time to open up. In the beginning you get brine, green olives preserved in olive oil and peat. As it opens up it becomes sweeter and fruitier. The smoke also becomes more multidimensional with medicinal and camphory edges along with a scent from freshly cut forest wood burning by the fireplace. Notes of dried papaya, melon ice cream, green apples, Williams pears and sugared lemon sweets emerge. Grassy notes with wild chamomile and herbal oils are also added to this wonderful profile.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Salty, herbal , resinous, tarry and quite dry. However this dryness is ultra velvet with a creamy and fatty texture. Vanilla ice cream with green olive's and agave's syrup infused with smoke. Quite grassy but perfectly balanced, never too dry or sour. A feeling of eating lobster soaked in an creamy smoky herbal sauce with agaves nectar.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Very long with extra balanced waves of peat, lemons, resinous elements and grassy notes. Smoked lemon peels, smoked fish, tobacco pipe smoke and grassy elements fade very slowly away.

  6. Squinugie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Powerful and complex - very good!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Fruity, peach, citrus fruit, honey, cooked oranges, little smoky, indeed a bit meaty - very good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very punchy, fresh, fruity, orange juice, but also spicy and little herbal, oak wood, subtle sweetness, quite some peat and smoke
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, burning, more spicy, zesty, little herbal, more oak wood

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nonetheless exceptional, an art made by the excellent blenders.
    • Nose
      Impressive, heavenly orangy, buttercream, magical peat, corn sugar, damp wood, amazingly fresh, top perfume, pineapple, great porchetta meat and bacon.
    • Taste
      Sweet barley, mouthcoating but not very oily, sweet and sour overall, warm peat, a touch of drying oak, beeswax, a bag of fruits, orange and pineapple.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dried fruits.

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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