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Overall rating
93.37/100
votes
236
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
American and European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
2964
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2012 4:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2503.65

61 × in wishlist

236 × member ratings

429 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 12th Release

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.37 points

  1. 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

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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

  3. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    OB Port Ellen H2H result :- 

    1st -  12th release   

    2nd - 2nd Release   

    3rd - 1st Release  

    4th - 22 year Rare Malts   

    5th - 20 year Rare Malts  

    6th - 3rd Release 

    See thread  https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h?page=3

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, crisp PE but far too expensive to drink, save your money and buy a nice 30 year IB caol Ila.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    With Water :-

    Peat, cream and a little tinned peach now on the nose.

    The palate has become much more fruity with water mainly on white fruits and the peat has also increased.

    Finish is long, salty and drying, the peat just keeps growing.
    • Nose
      Very nice sweet smoke & peat with juicy fruit of fresh pineapple, grapefruit and a yellow plum.

      Hints of glue but it adds to the profile. After a while some gooseberry and raspberry with tar notes
    • Taste
      Creamy, mouth filling, waxy and the peat just keeps coming on the tongue mixing in with grapefruit and pastry but there are a few bitter notes creeping in and it starts to dry your mouth out.

      Quite salty and the alcohol seems to pop on your tongue, it does start to dry your mouth out.
    • Finish
      Long & salty

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2013]  I had this dram during a "Port Ellen" rarities tasting at Bonn.In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

  9. Numwierum scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, my first Port Ellen ... an incredibly great complex Islay Malt!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. bull10298 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The 12th release of the highly-prized ?lost? Islay single malt was distilled in
    1979 and matured in refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks. The nose
    majors in maritime notes, with sweet peat, leather, a whiff of chlorine, damp
    earth and cashew nuts. Becoming sweeter and more floral with time. Brine and
    coal dust initially on the slightly woody palate, with fruit, vanilla and more
    leather appearing in time. The finish features bonfire smoke, fabric plasters
    and finally dries very emphatically, A very good veteran dram, but last year?s
    1978 bottling had greater overall charm.

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

     

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