- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 32 years old
- American and European oak casks
- Number of bottles
- 53.9 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Added on
- 13 Oct 2011 10:21 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 11th Release
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.45 points
- Not a big fan of this one, maybe less sherry cask in this batch?
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.
Less perfumy and floral compare to other releases, strong lemon oil and waxy oak, fresh apple and more bitter oak.
Short, sweet peat and camphor.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
elegant, for a port Ellen almost discreet, bitter orange, some oyster, camphor, carnation, dry soil, an association of southern France
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 ....
a long memory of sea and salt, fire and smoke, full-bodied, full life, salt, malt and sweetness and my salt liquorice
- 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!
- More complex than other releases but the 10th. Peat`s sneaking under all this complexity of flavours, especially citrus, mineral, seaweed, vanilla cigar and so on.
A SPECTACULAR WHISKY, A "MUST" FOR REAL MALT LOVERS