Port Ellen 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Visit from H.M. The Queen to Port Ellen Maltings
Stated Age
12 years old
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
12 jun 2011 9:48 am

Average value

€ 11538.45

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21 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 12-year-old

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.53 points.

  1. getz did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A very rare 12 year old Port Ellen bottled when Queen Elizabeth II visited the distillery on 9th August 1980

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  3. SFWC scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the Glasgow Old & Rare Whisky show - February 2018.

    A very fine dram and it exudes greatness. Is it worth of 99points? In a word...No. I tasted this as objectively as possible obviously aware of Serge's review and its hefty 200gbp per pour price tag. This is one of the best Port Ellens I've tried but having said that Port Ellen can be so very overrated by less educated palates who are confused by Diageo's marketing and over-pricing and the fact that its a closed distillery and seen as very rare etc.. Anyway back to the Port Ellen. Quite a few extremely educated palates and well known whisky club owners tasted this along with me and we all concluded that Serge's review was somewhat subjective to say the least. I did compare this on the day to 72' Brora, 67' Karuizawa and other great whiskies for reference.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Armin Fuchs did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    12,100 £ only at Whisky-Online Auctions in March 2016 …

    whom shall I send my address?

  5. Vassago Clynelish did not rate this whisky Administrator

    February 4, 2015; Serge Valentin:
    Port Ellen 12 yo (OB, The Queen’s Visit to Port Ellen’s Maltings, 1980)

    One of, if not the most legendary Port Ellen, bottled in an Oban bottle
    when Queen Elizabeth II visited the maltings on August 9, 1980. No need
    to tell you how rare this is. Nobody seems to remember when it was
    distilled, but what’s sure is that it’s either 1967 or 1968. Or a
    vatting of both vintages, as the distillery was restarted in 1967. Are
    you following me? Colour: deep gold.

    starts vegetal, with notes of turnips and beetroots, some leather, some
    other roots, some Barbour grease, some clay… Typical of an old bottle
    that was just opened, but we know the fruits will come out eventually.
    Transits through overripe apples, notes of cake… Before more acidic
    notes, soot, carbolic soap and garden bonfire arise. More sour fruits as
    well, mangos, passion fruits… It’s also more and more mineral, with
    some kind of sooty gravel, scoria, coal… What a whirlwind! Totally
    exceptional. Mouth: the label wouldn’t say, but it tastes like +/-45%
    vol. Starts compact, greatly sour and sooty. Unripe kiwis and cider
    apples on a very ashy background. Eating cigar ashes moistened with
    grapefruit and kiwi juice. Or something like that. Gains power over
    time, let’s just let this baby breathe for a few hours, as it was just
    opened. Zzzz zzz… After around eight hours (that’s right, 8 hours):
    full-blown passion fruits, utterly magnificent, with a light coal smoke,
    as well as mangos. Utter perfection. Finish: an astounding freshness,
    for a long time. It kills you. Nearly. Comments: the son of Michelangelo
    and John Coltrane. After having tried quite a few whiskies, I think –
    well, I know – that I will never find a dram that’s even better. Peace
    and love. And thank you caro Patrick. SGP:657 - 99 points.


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