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Overall rating
93.55/100
votes
68
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
James MacArthur (JM)
Bottling serie
Fine Malt Selection
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
62.7 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
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

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.55 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 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.

  2. moving_coil scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Nose:

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

    Palate:

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

    Finish:

    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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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