Port Ellen 39-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Untold Stories
Stated Age
39 years old
Bourbon & Ex-European Sherry Refill Casks
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 feb 2019 2:41 pm by ctu
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 8085.46

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84 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 39-year-old

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.63 points.

  1. Milan073 scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Best whisky ever

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Dark golden color. Whisky is quite rare and runs down the walls quickly.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense. Sweet at first. Vanilla hits the spot at first. Distant trail of smoke. Later it is mineral. It brings to mind large, dark stones on the edge of a cool sea. Salt. Caramel and even salty caramel. Currently, caramel dominates the initial vanilla. Sponge cake with white cream. Distant trail of fruit. A very subtle hint of menthol.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Intense. Thick and oily. Fresh fruit. Then a lot of salt. Minerality. Caramel. Salty caramel. Again, fresh fruit - apples, sprinkled with salt. Spices. Ginger. Peaches, but salty again. Vanilla.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A trace of smoke. Fruit. Caramel. Vanilla. Lots of salt. Minerality. Spices. Ginger. Salty caramel again. Still a greasy feeling and sticky palate. Long finish.

  3. Vandeerwolf scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior


  4. Liones77 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic dram, delicious

  5. eselsim scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    One of those keys was a key to my heart, probably the best thing that I have had so far, GOD TIER WHISKY. Period.

    WLW 2021
    24/23/24/23.5 94.5 lately decided to give it whole 95 whooping points
    • Nose
      So integrated and elegant, linseed oil, camphor, sesame oil, malt, cassia bark, delicate smoke, allspice, damp wood, damp forest morning, pepper, plastic, grapefruit skins
    • Taste
      sweet gentle smoke, peat, chocolate, milk, cream, malt milk, milk powder, chocolate waffles, beeswax, bark, truffles, very lively yet elegant, later come fruit
    • Finish
      very long and lingering, vanilla ice cream, key lime pie, and tears, oh that must be mine

  6. prz22 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Spectacular Port Ellen
    Similliar to 2017 37yo edition but less dieselish and more flowerish.
    Incredible finish with sweet, dark fruity notes coming out of nowhere (meaning I did not find them in nose and palate)

    Tasted from the small sample.

  7. hhc1212 scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    Complex, fruity, peaty, oily. Masterpiece !!

  8. Danielito scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Excellent, complex and one of most reach whisky I ever tasted.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    For an old cask strength PE I think the peat is quite subtle but the mix of flavours is nice, salt pepper, burnt rubber, burning wood its all there with a little kipper juice for good measure :)
    Powerful and it has a really nice grapefruit sweetness to it, very nice indeed and with a splash of water it really opens up, great balance , all the fruit, peat, cask influence, pepper, lemon,
    The finish has some nice spice on the tail remaining sweet.
    One of the best PE I have had and because its more refined than other PE OB it gets an extra point
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. dinis scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    very complex dream ... perfect

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An excellent port Ellen that I found more refined than the most recent official editions

  12. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: green Peat, lemon sherbet, Heather vanilla and wood char. Chamoix leather, sea breeze, and then some fruit as well : mosty lemons and limes, some tropical notes building in the form of melon, unripe banana and maybe a hint of sultana as well.

    Palate : light Peat, moss, vanilla, dough and leather. Very light ashy, charred wood,pepper, wax, dunnage warehouse, with soot and mint, finishing in slight saltiness, and chocolate (after 8?), and spice. Quite some old wood which is maybe a bit over the top.

    Finish: quite long with a lime note, more wax and distant notes of bandages and camphor with some wood.

  13. markjedi1 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur


    Let me start with the fact that this new Port Ellen will cost around 5.000 EUR, which is out of this world. You do get a fantastic packaging which is a metaphor for the spirit safe, which was first installed at Port Ellen. So you need two keys to get to the whisky, which is also a nod to the aforementioned apparatus. It is the oldest Port Ellen to date with its 39 years of maturation. Mind you, this is not a single cask, but a vatting of bourbon and refill sherry casks, bottled at a cask strength of 50.9%. Only 1.500 bottles worldwide are looking for a new owner with deep pockets. But is the whisky – which sounds and looks so legendary – also any good?

    Very lively and aromatic nose, in which the typical Port Ellen peat is very delicate and remains in the background, thus allowing all kinds of fruit to shine. Believe me, this is a complex fruit bomb on sultanas and mango, honey, tiger balm, melon, lime and mint. Surprisingly minty, in fact, making it seem much younger – which is to be seen as a compliment in this case.

    It is powerful on the palate, but very elegant at the same time. The peat smoke is now much more prominent and offers quite a bit of silt and smoke, while the fruit chooses lime as its leader. Midpalate it again becomes quite tropical and even a bit candy-like with coconut and Turkish Delight. But so very lively!

    The finish is deliciously long and represents a large part of the experience of this malt. It starts with sweet smoke and ends with a perfect little bitterness as if from a grape pith.

    Lively, elegant and complex. Those are the three keywords that linger in my brain. Add overpriced as a fourth, but that will not surprise anyone. It's a bit different than other PE’s I’ve tried, but that is most likely due to the fact that for this release only a limited number of casks was selected. I wish I could afford this, for it is truly sublime. In fact, it’s my 4th highest scoring whisky ever and the best Port Ellen ever for me (so far). Thank you, Arno – or more fitting: Honorable Mr Dobbels – for giving me this opportunity to taste!


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