Port Ellen 8th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2008
Stated Age
29 years old
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 Oct 2008 9:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2842.15

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224 × member ratings

586 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 8th Release

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.64 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottles # 0018, 0045 and 0048 sold empty at ebay.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Powerful and very good
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fruity, citrusy, blond oranges, little sea breeze, iodine, hints of ham and bacon, whiffs of smoke - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, fruity, peaches, pears, bananas, plums, spices, ginger, pepper, chili - great
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, burning, more punchy, hints of old wood, books

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'Can't Fail To Impress'

    N: very intense nose, hard to separate the flavours but overall it's powerful and vibrant - spicy, woody, oily and lighty smoked. Despite the bottle being open for about two years, incredibly this whisky is still cooking and bursting with life.
    T: This is going to look like odd tasting notes but sometimes whisky tasting experiences go like this: oily, wood, oily, ooh, wood, ooh, spice, oil, wood, hmm, spirit, spice, yum, hmm, wood, ooh, oily, oh yeah, hmm, spirit, wood, hmm, smoke, a touch of salt and herbal, oily, wood, spice… and on and on and on it goes. Wonderful maturation balance.
    F: not sure where the palette ends and the finish starts if you know what i mean. Anyway, like an impressive fireworks display the formidable and long main event ultimately fizzles out with some oily charred herbals and a faint old chewing gum sweetness. You feel like its given everything it can.
    C: it's superb and sublime in places. Its so intense and impressively integrated within itself with an arrival which never stops moving around that it can't fail to impress.

    Scores an A

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoked South Tyrolian Speck, olive oil, all kinds of herbs, a splash of lime, old oak, and a touch of violet.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Words barely do it justice, the flavors are so deep and interwoven... So how about this:
      Smoky, peaty, fatty, oily, grimy-greasy, salty, savory, leathery, oaky, spicy, herbal, resiny, sappy, tart, dry, sweet-and-sour, flat-out majestic.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Herbal embrocations, wilting flowers, saline, tangy peat, worn leather and old books. Long and lovely.

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Had a dram of this while wandering around the Kildalton Cross. My notes say “amazing palate - 92”. Hey who am I to argue with myself.

  6. Greenpoint did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This bottle was sold 1000,00€ on The Whisky Auction Society in July 2017.


  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  8. zimbowskyy scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    nice old smoker. The good rating is justified in my view.
    • Nose
      Charcoal smoke, including light fruits and vanilla. These are joined by maritime notes
    • Taste
      First sweet, then it gets peppery. The smoke is not superficial, though still noticeable. Very finely woven.
    • Finish
      very long, a subtle smoky note is always there, hints of white chocolate and latte macchiato

  9. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Five years closed after malt was made, Port Ellen distillery for celebrity after 1836 when owner, John Ramsay, pioneer whisky export to America, single malt shipping from the quay. The first spirit safe here was introduced in 1824, years before their general approval as Scotland's first on-site duty-free warehouse in 1848. Listed sub-collections now, old warehouses of the Port Ellen live on the 8 th Release is the first in a new packaging.
    • Nose
      High notes of smoke effortlessly the elegant, soft nose, syrupy sweet baked apples and in time, fresh sea air aromas.
    • Taste
      Light bodied is the palate surprisingly full of flavor after this subtlety; hot, sweet and powerful smoky, with a cleansing acidity
    • Finish
      Addition of water calms and cools. The long finish is sweet than salt, with very late wood smoke.

  10. Sonett scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet and creamy nose of nuts with pears vanilla and some citric tendency. charcoal smoke with a earthy tone
    • Taste
      Sweet entry with pears and vanilla and smoke, then peppery spices with herbs.
    • Finish
      Spices staying for a long period and then going to pears smoke and ashes


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