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Overall rating
93.40/100
votes
272
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
American and European oak casks
Number of bottles
2988
Strength
53.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
13 Oct 2011 10:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2.263,89

69 × in wishlist

272 × member ratings

502 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 11th Release

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.40 points

  1. Dr.Anderson scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    A big whisky, shame on the speculator ...

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Not a big fan of this one, maybe less sherry cask in this batch?
    • Nose
      Those port ellen's share the same DNA, a feeling of gold (bouquet of flavours as well as the price tag). This particular release is different, more waxes, fresher, more like a bourbon (cream and vanilla), honey and sour oak.
    • Taste
      Less perfumy and floral compare to other releases, strong lemon oil and waxy oak, fresh apple and more bitter oak.
    • Finish
      Short, sweet peat and camphor.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. autowatch092 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Bright gold
    Nose: Kippers, liquorice, vanilla, orange and lemon zest, cloves, white pepper.
    Palate: Mild peat, dried mango, honey, vanilla, orange zest, candied ginger, hints of pepper.
    Finish: Very long and smoky with a sweet fruitiness.
    Overall: This Port Ellen is a bit on the sweet side, but all the flavours are very well balanced. A fabulous dram indeed, but at a very steep price.

    http://www.dramming.com/2012/06/23/port-ellen-11th-annual-release/

  5. bull10298 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Along with Brora, Port Ellen has become a much-anticipated favourite among the
    Special Releases, and this is the eleventh and oldest Port Ellen in the series
    to date. The malt is sometimes thought to be over-hyped due its rarity and ?lost
    distillery? status, but when the quality of the liquid is this good there is no
    doubt that it deserves all the praise it gets. The nose is sweet, medicinal,
    buttery and floral. Damp tweed and ginger. Sootier with time. Soft and gently
    spiced on the palate, with summer fruits and digestive biscuits. Mildly
    medicinal. Very long and warming in the finish, with hazelnuts and drifting peat
    smoke.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=ellen

     

  6. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. d1scostu scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    a Frenchman, charming, light, easy, a few edges, but stylish and seductive, no cracker but a connoisseur whisky with extravagant flair, yes! I'm in heaven, but this time in French Heaven
    • Nose
      elegant, for a port Ellen almost discreet, bitter orange, some oyster, camphor, carnation, dry soil, an association of southern France
    • Taste
      Here you have the Provence and the lagoons of the Cote D'azur with their oysters and their herbs, pickled citrus (especially the bitter orange), a touch of salty olive, fresh fruit mingle with the salty sea taste of oysters, camphor, mint, oelig, Fish and herbs on the wood grill, fresh lemons, when swallowing the whisky runs like warm fiery gold in the throat, a longing for warm summer days in the south of France remains and ....
    • Finish
      a long memory of sea and salt, fire and smoke, full-bodied, full life, salt, malt and sweetness and my salt liquorice

  9. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very soft and gentle nose with a waft of soft peat smoke mingling alongside roasted chestnuts, a wide variety of fruits (citrus, orchard and tropical are all in there), butter (croissant-like) and old leather. A couple of drops of water brought forward more salty elements and made everything even more vivid. A real elder statesman! The nose hides what is coming on the palate, as the classic islay peat comes through to the fore, although not completely masking the softer, sweeter fruity elements. The finish is ridiculously long, leaving behind nuts and ash. Crazy price...but stunningly good!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

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