Port Ellen 12th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Stated Age
32 years old
American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
52.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2012 4:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3311.05

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260 × member ratings

491 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 12th Release

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.62 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Port Ellen v Brora  

    This Port Ellen  against this Brora https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/25968/brora-10th-release 

    Both distilled around the same time, both 32 years old, similar abv , peaty and closed distilleries. 

    The PE is cleaner and more straightforward than the Brora which has more going on profile wise and is much more mineral, what I call a dirty whisky (earthy).  The brora wins this one because of the better profile.

  2. penumbra scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Does anyone think that the SR from PE is not as good as the big cat?
    • Nose
      The upper-medium peat, it is said that the big guy in the late 70s discussed how to drop it, don’t like heavy peat anymore, kerosene, camphor, Arctic shellfish, tundra, northern beaches, sea oyster shells, just disinfected Swimming pool. The main style is the sweetness of the ocean, not as powerful as the old cat, but the details are more ingenious, smooth and delicate, oil droplets, brine, wax paper, light oil, and powdered sugar bring out the looming fruit acid , Lemon, yellow peach, red heart grapefruit, golden pineapple, vanilla ice cream, dried smoked flowers, PE peat can always contain seemingly irrelevant elements. The flavor is much younger than expected, barbecue sauce, charcoal fire, rhubarb, tanned leather.
      A 32-year-old single barrel can never reach a height.
    • Taste
      The delicate peat sweet water, the coffee hazelnut cake that can be found, 60% nut chocolate, but in general, the oak direction is very restrained compared to the wine age. Peat does not smell rich, salt water, roasted wood, unground whole black pepper, stove ash, cinnamon, tar, sweetness decreased, it is more intense sweet and sour fruit collision, lemon, pineapple, vanilla, some irritating Flavor.
      Love the grease in the 70s peat forever.
      Good, good fat, sweet, slightly sour, no tannins, no astringency, no bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Longer, coffee beans, cocoa beans, charcoal, brine, fruit, almonds, oak.

  3. Sergm scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Wonderful PE even though I liked 7th release better. Still amazing whisky.

  4. Yarema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It seemed to me that they are simple as for this age. Not hooked. Although the whisky is good but not for the money.
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 89

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 22 87 - from the opening

    22 22 21 22 87 - finish of the evening

    tasty, drinkable, not sweet for age and not enough expression, feeling of the same age and soul of PE .... rather there is a feeling of a commercially made whisky, did not live up to expectations, disappointment of the evening.

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Very drinkable and enjoyable
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fresh, sea breeze, iodine, peat and smoke, honey, citrus fruits, lemons, green apples, whiffs of oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      93 93
      Punchy, oily, creamy, salty, sea weed, peat and smoke, bonfire, good sweetness, peaches, fruit juice - great
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, zesty, more sweetness, hints of old books

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is my favourite of all releases, a little bit funky and dirty compare to others.
    • Nose
      Very creamy, pineapples, sour apple, lemon oil, very perfumy, toffee and BBQ sauce
    • Taste
      Mineral peat, plastic, sweet orange, quite perfumy
    • Finish
      Long, camphor, fresh, not much oak

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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