Port Ellen 11th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3584.38

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299 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 11th Release

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.19 points.

  1. 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

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  3. BlueFire scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Fruity, waxy, smoky, mineral. Complex, balanced, refined, balanced, lovely finish.

  4. DimiIkon scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: August 2022
    • Nose
      A fantastic sweetness and smokiness. Perfume, vanilla and floral sweetness combined with dry smokiness. Spices, with salt, some mild pepper and a touch of licorice.
    • Taste
      Big body in total harmony between the smokiness (dry smoke and peat), sweetness (honey, vanilla, grapes and oranges) and spiciness (salt, peppercorns and peppermint).
    • Finish
      Long and full of campfire smoke, peppermint and sweetness of vanilla, light honey and bee wax.

  5. BunnaMan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    Golden yellow
    Pungent salty and sharp nose. Maritime, straightforward with lemon juice, lime and lots of wax. In addition, honeycomb, vanilla, subtle herbs, peat stock and cardboard. This release is on the green track and absolutely straight forward!
    Harmonious, powerfully spicy and fully spicy. Grapefruit, lemon, lemon balm, fresh peppermint, plus peat and smoke, as well as roasted peppercorns and slightly tart towards the finish - great.
    Long - spicy, delicately tart-fresh and invigorating with fresh mint, plus peat, smoke, dry ash, as well as with beautiful wood accents - and just as good!
    Here the variety is not as given as with the 9th release, but everything is included that a good PE needs.
    93 points
    N: 92P / G: 93P / F: 93P

  7. checkpointrk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Bopaja scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  9. Dr.Anderson scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    A big whisky, shame on the speculator ...

  10. 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.

  11. Hvdree scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  12. 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.


  13. 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



  14. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  15. d1scostu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  16. 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

  17. Furtia scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  18. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky AdvocatePort

    Ellen`s make was usually filled into old casks to maximise its smoke

    when used young. To us, therefore, it`s Islay`s most austere malt, yet

    the guys who worked there all talk of its sweetness. Here, finally, its

    an example of that. Yes, there`s some wet slate and briny smoke, but

    it`s balanced by citrus, waxy fruits, and a central sweet-ness adding

    complexity. It might have taken a long time to get here, but it was

    worth the wait. 92 Points

  19. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. johnfool scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Bright yellow-gold dress with green highlights.
    Gourmand nose, warm, rich, fruit, warm sand, candied citrus, marine touch, slightly salty. Shortbread notes, marzipan, olive in the sun, very concentrated. But keep a lot of finesse, real complexity. Lardé, smoked very fine, honey flowers .....
    On the palate, a lot of tactile sweetness, elegant peat, great length, fat, intense. Explodes literally in the mouth, beautiful energy, fruit, dried fruit, spray, vegetable peat, the sea is there too ....
    Remarkable persistence ....
    Less mineral than other port ellen but balance and what a pleasure! ......


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