Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
31 years old
Refill Sherry
Number of bottles
54.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Sep 2010 10:16 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2683,90

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306 × member ratings

570 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 10th Release

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.00 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    in nose, it causes, a little on everything!
    spicy sweetness, fruit on pressed apples-pears, others on candied fruit, fine smoke, iodized salt, maritime, peat then occurs!
    the mouth is also complex, very fruity candied on oranges cooked with its zest, with a smoky and spicy and woody return!
    long, multi-sensitive finish with iodine, peat, oaky, fruity overlapping each other!
    short, really a great moment and a great pleasure!

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Out of a H2H tonight this was the result. 

    Longrow 1974 56% bottled 1987 Samaroli   

    Glen Garioch 1971 Full proof 59.6% Samaroli    

    Ledaig 1973 14 year 56.3% Sestante Castle Label   

    Brora 4th Annual Release 1975 30 year 56.3% OB   

    Lagavulin 1976 37 year 51% OB   

    Port Ellen 10th Annual Release 1978 31 year 54.6% OB   

    Laphroaig 1967 27 year cask 2957 50.1% Signatory dumpy   

    Caol Ila 15 year Manager`s Dram sherry 63% OB   

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2390 LMDW 53.1% OB  

  3. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Color: Mellow Gold

    Nose: It's not hyper-assertive, so I suppose with this age and pedigree, you could call it "dignified" and not be too hyperbolic. I'm always wary of finding some salient flavor profiles that other reviewers or the whisky writing public in general point out, but this is quite rubbery. I also do get leather. So, yes, I've read Serge's Port Ellen reviews and find that he's not off base in that impression here. Otherwise, there's a fairly standard, nice coastal character present, namely, briny lemons. The interplay between these elements as the dram has time in the glass is pretty impressive.

    Taste: Wow. That's huge. Not a particularly oily or thick mouthfeel, but the flavor concentration smacks you in the face when tasted neat initially. The dignity and subtly of the nose is out the window. Big notes of tar, rubber, etc. The lemons come through to keep it from skewing too much towards brimstone. Really outstanding that it has this power at 31 yo.

    Finish: Really long, smoldering ash.

    Comments: Before tasting, the nose had it in the 90-91 range. So, a terrific nose, but nothing too crazy as to take me out of the range that I'd feel comfortable scoring a normal dram that's just really good. Once you get above 91 or so, I start worrying about being too liberal with points. Well, the palate of this pushed me into that realm. This is glorious stuff. Maybe I'll feel more comfortable going even higher one day, but two points above anything else I've scored seems appropriate to me for now.

  4. bull10298 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yet another Special Releases favourite, the 2010 variant of this ?lost? Islay
    single malt is 31 years old and it also comes from a mix of ex-Bourbon and
    former Sherry casks. Initially dry on the nose, with smoke, then developing
    fragrant lavender notes, vanilla, old leather and a slightly savoury note.
    Finally a touch of smoky antiseptic. Very complex. The palate offers cereal,
    caramel, fruity peat and bonfire smoke. Fruitier with water and the peat smoke
    softens. Long in the finish, becoming bitterer, with peat, aniseed, rock salt
    and drying oak.




  5. Llama_rock scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

  6. Llama_rock scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sure a masterpiece by the blenders in Diageo, great tropical influence and richer tastes.
    • Nose
      A masterpiece of blending, golden fruits, pineapples and oranges, marmalade, infused with honeyed flowers. More spices in this release, more bitter and darker, lemon oil, a perfect bond of sherry and peat.
    • Taste
      Richer than the 9th release, more flavours, concentrated lemon oil, concentrated pineapple juice, a lot of perfume ( in a good way, no CFP), the body is less oily than the 9th.
    • Finish
      Medium, wax and oak.

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. SFWC scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite the hype about this particular release of Port Ellen, thanks to our French friend and 'that' website. Well, is it better that other releases? I don't believe so. I actually like the 7th release a bit more and some independent bottlings by Douglas Laing. It is  indeed great whisky but don't be fooled that it is twice as good as other great whiskies because its twice as expensive or thrice! I've had quite a bit of fun pouring this blind at tastings and watching how it is outscored time and time again (by very educated palates) by mid 70s Caol Ila I picked up on auction for 300gbp. Slainte.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 2050 sold empty at ebay.


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