Port Ellen 8th Release

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

Average value

€ 3763.47

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237 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 8th Release

24 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.54 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A small cloud with a very precious and delicate peat.
    The finish is a little rough, but it's still really great.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Opening the bottle. What a pleasure from the first nose.
      Light, fine, very characteristic peat.
      It's slightly lemony, with a nice dose of camphor.
      Slight ash. Graphite.
      Opening on aromatic herbs, herbaceous peat, even more freshness, eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth we keep the finesse of the lemony peat.
      Ash, smoke.
      Lemon, lemon thyme, aromatic herbs.
      Pepper, light molasses.
      It's creamy, with a bit of candy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, peppery finish, on graphite, fine lemony peat, candied lemon.

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  3. mockom scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Beautiful whisky. Sweet and smoky!

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Port Ellen H2H - 5 x Official Releases v 5 x Independent single cask offerings

    I like Port Ellen just as I like Brora, with both distilleries you can find some superb independent bottlings. With Brora there are also plenty of not so good IB but in my experience nearly all Port Ellen IB, especially those that are single cask, cask strength offerings nearly always are pretty good to excellent.
    In summary I expected The Bottlers offering to be very hard to beat and so it turned out, with the GM offering just behind but also excellent. It was also no surprise to me that the best of the official bottlings was the first RM bottle, the 20 year.
    I like the Official Port Ellens but they just lack a bit of sparkle compared to the best IB single casks.
    I liked the 8th Release better than most people do, it suited my palate and I think it is as good as the 10th Release which up until now was my favourite of the annual releases
    Tasted OB/IB/OB/IB and so on

    IB-1982 19 year 61.7% The Bottlers cask 570 -WB 2262- 92/94/95
    IB-1980 16 year 64.4% cask 5105-5110 GM WB 81216 – 92/94/94
    OB-1978 20 year 60.9% Rare Malts WB 4386 - 91/93/92
    OB-1978 29 year 55.3% 8th Release – WB 3994 – 90/93/92
    IB-1983 28 year 58.9% cask MoS 11011 Malts of Scotland WB 26723 – 91/92/91
    IB-1983 28 year 55.5% cask S1462 Silver Seal WB 30832 – 90/91/91
    OB- 1979 30 year 57.7% 9th Release WB 10610 – 89/91/90
    OB-1978 27 year 54.2% 6th Release WB 409 – 88/89/91
    IB-1979 36 year 56.6% cask 10914 Douglas Laing XOP- WB 73383 – 90/87/88
    Extra OB 7th Release 70cl 53.8% WB 638 – 89/88/87
    IB-1979 36 year 56.6% cask 10914 Douglas Laing XOP- WB 73383 – 90/87/88
    OB-1979 28 year 54.7% 7th Release (20cl bottle) – WB 17018 – 88/87/86

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    In some quarters the PE 8th Release is almost a poor relation compared to other releases, because it is not as in your face with the peat.
    A poor relation just like the Brora 25 year 7th Release which also scores less than its siblings in similar fashion.
    The thing is I rate the 25 year Brora OB higher than most people and in the same way I think this is better than most other people.
    I like because it is subtle with the peat, has no rough edges and does not assault your palate like some of the others do.
    Excellent , refined PE that can be drunk neat no problem.

    Inoffensive , quite closed, not hint of any Port Ellen power, the sort of power you would expect from an official release.
    The peat does smell coastal, with a little brine and some stewed fruit, quite restrained.
    Spicy at first and then the peat and fruit arrive but it is a little bitter at first but the balance is ok.
    The fruit and spice are much more pronounced now, stewed plum, fig and apricot with a refined peat that is not crisp or explosive but rather dirty and mineral and I like it a lot.
    The finish is not the longest but it picks up a little sweetness which is welcome and fades gently.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. 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.

  7. pere scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Maritime, salt, fresh, hay, a bit of smoke, a bit of wood tar.
    • Taste
      Peaty, smoke, salt, seaweed, a bit of sweetness, spices.
    • Finish
      Wood tar, peat, spices, maritime, wood, salt, a bit of sweetness.

  8. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
      Citrus, Apple, Smoky, Peat, Flower
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very sweet, Citrus, Jasmine, Wood, Vanilla,
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long Finish, Peaty, Smoke & Little Salty

  9. 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.

  10. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Once again one of those "legendary" Port Ellen's ...
    Personally, I can not do anything with it.
    These cowshed / dung notes are just not for me.
    Reminds me extremely of older Ledaig bottlings.
    Well, the tastes are so different and I can safely turn this distillery's back :)

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo 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

  12. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  13. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  14. Greenpoint did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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


  15. rpvdwel scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. d1scostu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: very retarded onset, light smoke and quickly followed by warm sweetness, then comes the smoke again. The sweetness comes from lemons, vanilla, crunchy, apple. Again and again, the smoke comes through gently. Very pleasant and restrained, but complex. The alcohol is perceived without being stinging.

    Taste: bright, first clear sweetness, vanilla, apple, then it tingles on the tongue and the chili-catch comes in, again the smoke through the back door, peppery

    Finish: strong finish marked by the roaring Schaerfe, does not go much deeper than the middle of the neck, stops after a few seconds almost abruptly again.

    he wants my attention. delicious!!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here:


  22. Drochaid scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The eighth release of Diageo`s Port Ellens is the fourth from 1978 and

    arrives in slightly tweaked packaging with a new box design, although

    the label remains largely the same.

  23. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A little bit of citrus, hints of tobacco, peat sweetness, ashes, hints of peat, a lot of smoke, and strong dry hay.
    • Taste
      It starts with sweetness, citrus and then it goes towards tobacco, smoke and spices. Hints of white pepper, heavy smoke, peat sweetness, grilled meat. It´s a little dry and definitely hot. Tobacco has big influence on taste.
    • Finish
      Very long, hot, smoky, with hints of tobacco, citrus, sweetness and ashes.

  24. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic whisky, many layers of flavors.
    • Nose
      Malty and rather smoky. And in the background I can feel some nice fruits, very good.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Peat, iodine and some smoke. And the fruitiness comes and goes.
    • Finish
      Long finish, strong and some peat, and a hint of some flowery notes.

  25. whiskyhuis did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The 8th release is much better than the 7th.

  26. henke did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    • Nose
      Round and winey. Wood coal, paraffin oil and antiseptics. Some dry smoke and a delicate maltiness. Despite some alcohol associated aromas it's not particularly prickly. With dilution the smoke comes out a little more and the bouquet becomes bigger and more rounded. The undiluted dram felt very immature and edgy for it's age, but now it feels more well matured. There's a delicate solvent fruityness behind the smoke, which now feels more like wet peat smoke.
    • Taste
      The undiluted spirit is very sharp and hard with warm tones of burnt rubber and balanced sweetness with reasonable length. Diluted it becomes more pleasant and sophisticated.
    • Finish
      The finish is not as long as I perhaps expected but still decent length with some interesting elements of subtle spices, wood smoke and violets.


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