Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Refill Sherry Butt
59.5 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
28 jul 2010 6:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 892.75

31 × in wishlist

52 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen Pe2 SMS

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.54 points.

  1. eleiko5 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Port Ellen Pe2
    (59,5%, Elements of Islay 2010, 50 cl.)

    Nose: starts on very dark chocolate and gunpowder. Notes of burnt wood that seem less strong in PE1. There’s a sherried sweetness in the background, but it’s not extremely fruity (no apples or raspberry like in PE1). Instead there’s an organic / slightly dirty / damp side to it that I find a bit difficult to appreciate. Aged meat. A rather dominant smell of a tyre shop. Some tobacco and liquorice. Quite “dark” overall – PE1 seems fresher and more vibrant. Water highlights the sulphury matchsticks and mustiness. Mouth: intense with coal smoke, soot and tar. The peat is nicely countered by cocoa sweetness and spices but again the fruitiness is buried deep inside. Chili and ginger. Grows drier and spicier over time, with added notes of liquorice. Water doesn’t add much, it just gets less powerful. Finish: medium length, rather sweet with hints of pepper and savoury meat sauce.

    Sometimes it’s a fine line… when tasting PE2 on its own, it seemed very similar to PE1, although I couldn’t put my finger on the differences. After a direct comparison, it’s clear that the successor is sweeter yet less fruity, with a slightly bigger focus on sulphury notes and rubber. Around € 140 at the time, now sold out (unless you want to pay much more).

    Score: 89/100




  2. hfos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Another majestic PE.  Any sherry cask of this age ( minimum 27 years old ) that has only dropped a few abv is likely to do something pretty special to the spirit inside. You have to like peat and sherry, obviously, but fans of the last PE1 won't be disappointed with this-from memory, I think it's very similar - possibly a little sweeter.

    Tasting Notes by Speciality Drinks Ltd
    • Nose
      First impressions in the glass: chocolate, very old leather suitcases, balsamico, then a faintly leafy sweetness.  Resinous, gammony. Another couple of minutes in the glass reveal rosehip syrup, lovely damp earthy notes, Chinese balloons, syrup, treacle tart, hints of black liquorice.  Gamey, minty.  Eventually, some woodsmoke, cigar box aromas and some citrus: Lemon zest, orangey fruit. Another few minutes of restraint and it's all apricots, wet flint, plums and dates. Finally, after perhaps 45 minutes, we arrive at a delicious orange, dark chocolate liqueur.
    • Taste
      Pretty full, but very drinkable even at full strength. A wash of coaldust and bonfire woodsmoke, with some dried peat. Chocolate hints. Very lively, it fairly fizzes around the tastebuds. Some spice and mocha. Becomes warming mid-palate as the bonfire peat kicks in. Water tames the fiery roar and lifts the sweetness, while retaining a peaty kick.
    • Finish
      Good length. Becomes drying, with a little chilli heat; as the phenols fade, a honeysuckle sweetness and some fruity notes emerge.

  4. Sonett scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      This one has a heavy nose, bitter chocolate and smoked ham, Sherry, Roasted almonds, marzipan,rubber and ash
    • Taste
      creamy on the palate. The peat is master mastering the taste, but it is also sweet. Orange peel, lime, grapefruit and almonds. Adding water brings sulphur.
    • Finish
      The finish is sweet, spicy with a licorice ending.


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