Port Ellen 12-year-old JM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
James MacArthur (JM)
Bottling serie
Fine Malt Selection
Stated Age
12 years old
62.7 % Vol.
750 ml
Old plain label, red and/or gold print
Added on
04 sep 2010 10:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130.00

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 12-year-old JM

7 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.45 points.

  1. Seele scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    N rich and oily cream, light oil, sea breeze, a little lemon, strong, after that there will be some fruity, pineapple, I can smell this fragrance forever
    T super strong body, smoke, lemon, pineapple in the front, some potion, mineral, seems to have some dust, and finally some salty feeling
    F is medium-long, salty, and the smoke always feels strong and soft, not the kind of sharp edge cut, but a very moist impact, like a big cushion duang you, it should be the best bourbon I have ever drunk barrel dominated wine
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    1970`s aged peat, Islay v Islands v Campbeltown v Highlands H2H
    This was a very enjoyable H2H of some of the best peated whisky there is, the initial plan was to do a top 10 of aged 1970`s vintage heavily peated whisky but it ended up being 11 as this was the only opportunity to test the 1975 Samaroli Geerie against the 1967 Douglas Laing Geerie.
    These 2 whiskies from this old Highland distillery I know from previous tastings are pretty incredible to be honest.

    RESULT AND SCORES 1st-11th

    Glen Garioch 1967 36 year 55.5% Douglas Laing Platinum (Bonus dram)

    Glen Garioch 1975 57% CoillteanSamaroli Flowers

    Port Ellen 12 year 62.7% James Macarthur Fine Malt Selection

    Brora 30 year 2003 Annual Release 55.7% OB

    Longrow 1973 16 year 48% Samaroli 9

    Ledaig 1972 22 year 54% Cadenhead Authentic Collection

    Ledaig 1972 32 year cask 8721 48.9% Alambic Classique

    Talisker 25 year 2004 57.8% OB

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.5% OB

    Ardmore 18 year 1994 51.4% James Macarthur

    Port Ellen 1978 25 year 4th Annual Release 56.2% OB

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Re taste for a H2H.
    The nose is actually quite restrained from what I remember of it in 2018?
    This has a lovely medicinal note mixing with the peat when neat.
    Stewed fruits of the exotic kind on show here, thaty are on the palate with the peat trying to rip your tongue off neat, the power on show here is pretty amazing.
    The finish is long and expressive.
    With water:-
    The nose is basically the same but a few drops of water has released the peat like a run away train, it just keeps going.
    This is my 11th cask strength peater so my palate is at the end of what is can decipher but with a little water this is great but I think both Glen Garioch in this flight shade it.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  4. OJK scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    On the nose there's intense pinesap, tar, bitter lemon, industrial disinfectant, sour apple, chemical chalk. After some time clementines, vanilla and mint nougat come through. The palate is thick with cherry syrup, after-dinner herbal liqueur, mint caramel, salty smoke and candy-floss covered with coal ash. The finish is endless and intensely rich, rotating around these flavours, each blending into the other. Stunning whisky.

  5. el Gato scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Brilliant and and an unusual heavy and brutal Port Ellen, Tasted with Whiskas
    • Nose
      94 94
      Stables. Grape fruit. Heavy and moisty. Minerals. Iodine. Old tool box. Citrus. Salt. Coastal. Hay. Farmy!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Slightly dry. Grapefruit. Minerals. White pepper. Red berries. Bacon. Briny. Brutal, Heavy, dirty, peaty PE all the way. Superb.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Mouthcooling and Long. Perhaps a tad less complex, yet very intense. Heavy, salty and peaty still. Blueberries. Licorice.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is an experience, it is not the massive peat, nor the fact that is now ridiculously expensive and in truth, to some extent a waste of money, it is just the fact that it is only 12 years old that makes this a unique experience. The youngest Port Ellen I had tasted before this was the 20 year Rare Malts OB

    I think for the total full volume experience you should not try this with water, unless you have a good sized sample to play around with or you are lucky enough to have a full bottle open.
    This is a 95 pointer, mainly for the palate actually, if it went on everything overall it would be around 93 but neat palate wise it is an experience and worthy of a few more points. I think this is even more peaty than the Brorazilla 1972 DL Platinum and that is saying something!
    • Nose
      92 92
      A nice blast of menthol, honey, peat, brine and faint hints of lemon but they are faint.
      You are fooled as you smell a basket of fruit gums but then you absorb the high alcohol content and you feel the fizz on the nose.
      The peat grows in the glass with air and subdues the fruit and finally some cake and pastry notes emerge.
      At first I thought this smelled much older than a mere 12 years and the longer you leave it the more pronounced the cake notes are but then there is a raw edge to the peat which is the indication that this is a relatively young one.
      Finally a little marshmallow creeps in after 10 minutes or so
    • Taste
      97 97
      That is full fat on the palate and the fruit is in prime position on plum, mango, hint of gooseberry and slightly drying, the peat is definitely there but surprisingly to me the fruit takes the lead, at first anyway
      Then with a few more sips BAM, the peat explodes all over your palate like a hand grenade has gone off in your mouth, (;like the 20 year sherry talisker 62%) yes I was sold a dummy there, the peat was not subdued, just waiting to pounce, it attacks you :)
      Once again there is some dryness, and fruit emerges once more but the peat is brutal now, fizzing away and numbing your tongue.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Massive, now with a few bitter wood notes and a little barley sugar but not particularly sweet barley sugar, just an edge so to speak.

      With 4-5 drops of water:-
      More restrained now still the fruit but the peat has a soft edge to it and now there is a nice brine note.
      On the palate the peat is still huge and the water has released even more but not as brutal, still some nice stewed fruit but there is also a dry bitter note now.
      Finish is still long, slightly sweet and of course peaty.

  7. moving_coil scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior


    Vegetal earthy peat, some truffles and minerals but the smoke is rising.More farmy


    Intense swirling textural smoke and peat, bonfire smoke, overwhelming, fumes, diesel, explosive! Salty drying. Gorgeous old school notes


    Growing, growing, it’s long. Growing concentrated ashes

    As pure and aggressive a young Port Ellen you could imagine
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. Sjors scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Very powerful Port Ellen. WoW!!
    • Nose
      Peaty and smoky, some flowery tones now and then.

      Minerals and tar, some slightly maritime notes in the background

      (seaweed maybe). Very rough nose.
    • Taste
      Very intense, lots of peat, quite dry, after that it gets a bit oilyer with vanilla and fruity on pineapple, green apples and some lemon.

      Peppery and salty, some mineral and floral

      tones too.
    • Finish
      Medium long dry finish with some fruits at the very end of it.

  9. Roman scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Port Ellen I ever had the chance to drink


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