Port Ellen 9th Release

Overall rating
91.36/100
votes
291
Whiskybase ID
WB10610
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2009
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
5916
Strength
57.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281024844
Added on
24 sep 2009 6:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3747.48

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 9th Release

35 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.36 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Port Ellen H2H - 5 x Official Releases v 5 x Independent single cask offerings

    I like Port Ellen just as I like Brora, with both distilleries you can find some superb independent bottlings. With Brora there are also plenty of not so good IB but in my experience nearly all Port Ellen IB, especially those that are single cask, cask strength offerings nearly always are pretty good to excellent.
    In summary I expected The Bottlers offering to be very hard to beat and so it turned out, with the GM offering just behind but also excellent. It was also no surprise to me that the best of the official bottlings was the first RM bottle, the 20 year.
    I like the Official Port Ellens but they just lack a bit of sparkle compared to the best IB single casks.
    I liked the 8th Release better than most people do, it suited my palate and I think it is as good as the 10th Release which up until now was my favourite of the annual releases
    Tasted OB/IB/OB/IB and so on

    IB-1982 19 year 61.7% The Bottlers cask 570 -WB 2262- 92/94/95
    IB-1980 16 year 64.4% cask 5105-5110 GM WB 81216 – 92/94/94
    OB-1978 20 year 60.9% Rare Malts WB 4386 - 91/93/92
    OB-1978 29 year 55.3% 8th Release – WB 3994 – 90/93/92
    IB-1983 28 year 58.9% cask MoS 11011 Malts of Scotland WB 26723 – 91/92/91
    IB-1983 28 year 55.5% cask S1462 Silver Seal WB 30832 – 90/91/91
    OB- 1979 30 year 57.7% 9th Release WB 10610 – 89/91/90
    OB-1978 27 year 54.2% 6th Release WB 409 – 88/89/91
    IB-1979 36 year 56.6% cask 10914 Douglas Laing XOP- WB 73383 – 90/87/88
    Extra OB 7th Release 70cl 53.8% WB 638 – 89/88/87
    IB-1979 36 year 56.6% cask 10914 Douglas Laing XOP- WB 73383 – 90/87/88
    OB-1979 28 year 54.7% 7th Release (20cl bottle) – WB 17018 – 88/87/86

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose
    A little distant at first, mainly on white pepper, hints of peat and distant fruit, not very expressive to be honest.
    Palate
    Rich peat from the off, thick and juicy with stewed plum and apple and bags of pepper spice, this has a lively attack from the off.
    After a while a mixture of grapefruit and fresh pineapple mixing with the peat & spice which is really nice.
    Finish
    This is shorter than I was expecting with the pepper not increasing an a little sweet apple appears on the tail.

    No need for water on this one.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Funtik scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    https://www.kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=439

    Colour:
    gold
    Nose:
    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!
    Taste:
    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!
    Finish:
    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

  7. aspa scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    nose
    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!

    taste
    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.

    Exit
    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.

    Conclusion
    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

  8. 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.

  9. Squinugie scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo 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

  11. 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.

  12. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. DrBardamu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    probably a once in a lifetime chance to try this, and i’m loving every second of it
    • Nose
      rich, faded smokiness, citrus, ash, maritime, silky oranges, briny peat, very light grass
    • Taste
      sweet and very smoky, ash, rich complexity, citrus and oranges, fruity, very intense and likeable
    • Finish
      long, citrus, light fruits, mineral-ly, honey, marzipan, ashy smoke at the back followed by long ashy oranges

  16. el Gato scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2011]  I had this during a "Port Ellen" rarities tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

  19. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The 9e release. A good one but not the best one.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke,salty and medicinal notes, but also fruity like , pear,green-apples and slight of mint.
    • Taste
      Sweet with lot of fruits citrus and peppery. Heavy notes at the end; peat,grass, seaweed,sea-salt,smoked fish,oily hints, and tar.
    • Finish
      Long and fry, salty ,spicy and smoky.

  20. waxs scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Overall a nice whisky but mainly based on the magic surrounding this distillery for my personal taste.
    • Nose
      Mild and light peat smoke on the surface. Watermelon, pear, green apples and mint. After a while some slight hints of vanilla can be spotted.
    • Taste
      Actually quite mild and dry, with a spicy (pepper) note on the tongue. Lemon and citrus fruit can be spotted but nothing to explicit.
    • Finish
      The finish kicks in after a few seconds with some peat and lemon. Medium long finish, quite plesant and well balansed. Spotted a herbal taste of tea, grass and tabacco leaves as well.

  21. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The sweet, salt, smoke ratio is perfect.
    This distillery is still absolutely separate category for me.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly fruity: citruses, peach and pear, salty sea air, mint.
      The peat, medicinal and farmy notes is pleasant.
    • Taste
      Sweet start with lot of fruits, then citruses and pepper and finally the heavy notes: peat, grass, seaweed, smoked fish and tar
    • Finish
      Long, dry, salty, spicy and smoky

  22. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I'm used to more beastly Port Ellen. This one was more austere and refined I guess. Anyway, it's a great PE.
    • Nose
      Dry, honey, subtle peat, a bit medicinal, maritime.
    • Taste
      Pepper, dry. Some salt on the tongue. Sweetness comes afterward with lemon.
    • Finish
      Long, smoke, spices, dry.

  23. LF96 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  24. Paulski88 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      100 100

  25. bull10298 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is the ninth annual release from the much missed Islay distillery, which
    closed down in 1983, and the first official 30-year-old Port Ellen. The nose is
    a gem, initially featuring peaches, apricots and vanilla, rapidly becoming
    sweetly peaty, with pine needles mild pepper and brine. Viscous in the mouth,
    rich, fruity and smoky, with brine, coal and liquorice. Fabric sticking plasters
    with the addition of water. The finish dries steadily, and smouldering peat
    lingers.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=ellen

     

  26. barryfox915 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold.
    Nose: Dry, peaty, salty, on seashells, seaweeds and peat.
    Very strong maritime flavours. Diluted, it becomes more floral.
    Taste: Peaty, salty, quite tarry and mellow, on liquorice
    root, smoked fish, salt, with a hint of fruitiness and some hemp rope. The
    finish is medium to long, quite mellow, peaty, on seaweeds, salt, and some hemp
    rope.
    General Impression: This is the first 30 YO Port Ellen
    bottled by the owner. This might not be the peatiest expression, but with age,
    it gained mellowness and I found the 9th Annual release less tired
    than the 8th.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting13.html#11dec09

     

     

  27. eleiko5 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen 9th release 30yo 1979
    (57,7%, OB 2009, 5916 btl.)

    Nose: seems a bit more modest than most previous bottlings. The peat influence is rather soft and coated in a honeyed sweetness. Dried fruits and pears. More medicinal (antisepctic) and maritime notes than other official PE’s. Slightly mentholated and grassy. Lemons and a touch of vanilla. Almond. A confident 30yo gentleman really. Mouth: coating mouth-feel, sweet delivery with a coal smoke centre. Soon the spices kick in (pepper, nutmeg) and it gets drier. Hints of lemon biscuits and salty liquorice. Powerful and balanced. Finish: long, fading on smoke, spices and liquorice.

    After an 8th release with seamingly disappointed comments, this is a rewarding high-class dram. Especially the nose is excellent. Around € 260.

    Score: 92/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2009/port-ellen/port-ellen-9th-release/

     

     

  28. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  29. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, maritime, barley, nuts
    • Taste
      Delicate, dry, grassy, smoky, lemon
    • Finish
      Long, maritime, salty, dry

  30. Cast Olila scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A profile that I underestimated during my last tastings. There, we are not on a devilishly complex malt but rather on finesse and very precise, chiseled aromas. It's very good.
    • Nose
      Vaguely evokes an old Caol Ila sherry. Lemon peat, slightly medicinal and vegetable. Surely there are also some pastry flavors evoking the sherry cask. It's very good but it's far from being extremely complex.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it is rather dry, austere, mineral, peaty, smoky and salty.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with aromas of seafood and sea spray.

  32. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Port
    Ellen 30 yo 1979/2009 '9th release'
    (57.7%, OB, 5,916 bottles)
    Colour: white wine. Nose: very different
    from the 1982’s, much more on
    grass, soaked barley, smoked porridge
    and diesel oil. Also more shoe polish
    and whiffs of eucalyptus starting
    to come through (sign of age?) The
    most straightforward but not the least
    complex. Big smoke. With water: this
    one gets rather more maritime with
    water, more on oysters, sea breeze
    and all that jazz. Also almonds and
    a little camphor, not unlike what
    happens with some of the most legendary
    of its neighbours when they get very
    old. Superb, obviously. Just hints
    of ‘clean’ manure. Mouth
    (neat): the most austere of them all
    but also the most elegant. Very dry,
    grassy and smoky attack, then quite
    some lemon, many mineral notes ‘cool
    climate style’ (to speak like
    a wino) and many phenolic/resinous
    notes. Splendid austerity. With water:
    gets ultra-dry, all on smoke and ashes.
    Finish: something that reminds me
    of the revered Rare Malts (20 and
    22yo), minus the brutality. Comments:
    rather intellectual, just the opposite
    of these modern easy-sexy drams with
    no soul (and no cojones).

    SGP:268
    - 93 points.

    whiskyfun.com

  33. markjedi1 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Big
    competitor for the 7th Release, which I still find to be the best. Make that
    legendary. But it comes very close. Yes, I gave it the same score. Surely you
    do not expect me to start scoring in decimals?
    • Nose
      The nose
      shows all the classic maritime traits, but it is sweeter on the palate than its
      predecessor (which is an advantage). Peach, apricots, juicy pears. Pine seeds
      and menthol. Medicinal cabinet. Sweet peat with light peppers. A bit farmy. Sheep
      stable? Then the lemons kick in. Very good nose.
    • Taste
      The attack
      is less powerful than anticipated and surprisingly sweet. Again that wonderful
      balance between sweet fruit, salt and smoke. Truckload of liquorice. Peach and
      apricots. Sweet peat. Drying. Enticing.
    • Finish
      Great long
      and dry finish on salted lime. What? Yep. And it is outstanding.

  34. Sonett scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Complex rich and rounded with soft pears and a trace of tar
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla soft pears a bit tarish smoke
    • Finish
      long firm peppery and a bit dry

  35. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  36. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  37. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Powerful whisky with some fruity notes. Needs water. I think this whisky is overrated..
    • Nose
      Neat: Powerful, tingling nose feeling. A little peat and some fruity notes. With water: Better, more fruits now.
    • Taste
      Neat: Strong. I can feel some peat and som sweet fruit here to. The damp basement flavors, not good. With water: Much better, no damp basement now.
    • Finish
      Neat: Long finish, I can feel it for a long time in my throat. No flavors, just a burning feeling. With water: Still long, peppery attack with a hint of peat.

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