- 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
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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
- Bottles # 0018, 0045 and 0048 sold empty at ebay.
- Powerful and very good
Fruity, citrusy, blond oranges, little sea breeze, iodine, hints of ham and bacon, whiffs of smoke - very good
Little punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, fruity, peaches, pears, bananas, plums, spices, ginger, pepper, chili - great
Long, burning, more punchy, hints of old wood, books
- '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
Smoked South Tyrolian Speck, olive oil, all kinds of herbs, a splash of lime, old oak, and a touch of violet.
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.
Herbal embrocations, wilting flowers, saline, tangy peat, worn leather and old books. Long and lovely.
- 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.
- This bottle was sold 1000,00€ on The Whisky Auction Society in July 2017.
- nice old smoker. The good rating is justified in my view.
Charcoal smoke, including light fruits and vanilla. These are joined by maritime notes
First sweet, then it gets peppery. The smoke is not superficial, though still noticeable. Very finely woven.
very long, a subtle smoky note is always there, hints of white chocolate and latte macchiato
- 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.
High notes of smoke effortlessly the elegant, soft nose, syrupy sweet baked apples and in time, fresh sea air aromas.
Light bodied is the palate surprisingly full of flavor after this subtlety; hot, sweet and powerful smoky, with a cleansing acidity
Addition of water calms and cools. The long finish is sweet than salt, with very late wood smoke.
Sweet and creamy nose of nuts with pears vanilla and some citric tendency. charcoal smoke with a earthy tone
Sweet entry with pears and vanilla and smoke, then peppery spices with herbs.
Spices staying for a long period and then going to pears smoke and ashes