Port Ellen 13th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2013
Stated Age
34 years old
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 Sep 2013 12:37 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3000.10

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160 × member ratings

260 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Port Ellen 13th Release

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.88 points

  1. aphex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during Feis Ile 2018 with 14th, 15th and 16th.
    An elegant and great Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Coastal (seashells, seaweeds), mineral, oily, smoky, tarry and lemony. Hints of earthy peat and underwoods with wet soil and mushrooms.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Sharp, smoky, lemony, almost juicy and zesty. Light peppery oak, a few ashes and some earthy peat again.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, smoky.

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Thick, fat and earthy, with beautiful farmy notes from horse stables, leather saddles and smoky peat aromas. The rather subtle fruit note can be described here as sweetish green (figs, grapefruit, lime, avocado). Plus vanilla and leather again - put together in perfect harmony - absolutely great!
    Spicy, peppery, spicy and ... unfortunately slightly out of round! With lime and herbal-minty-fresh accents that almost completely overlay the peaty Islay notes. Wood and a fine, but slightly irritating bitterness to the finish - overall impression not bad, but ...
    Very long - slightly bitter, dry and sharp. Now the peat unfolds better again and the harmony is slowly reconciling.
    After a very brilliant nose, at a high level, a little disappointing!
    92 points
    N: 94P / G: 91P / F: 92P

  3. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Still an impressive one in the series.
    • Nose
      Still tropical as other releases, strong fresh lemon oil, saltier and shore, a touch of leather.
    • Taste
      Sweet pineapple, lemon cake, perfumy and intense, some oak tannins.
    • Finish
      Medium, a lot of camphor.

  5. whiskyroma scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. whiskyroma scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    We don’t have words enough to express the climax. We would suggest you to try it, but it’s not so simple..
    • Nose
      Unmistakable is the smell of peat in the air, high peaks of the Argentil on the silver plates, the attraction of the gazoline smell, lemon juice, musk, maybe mushrooms and then getting back to the walnuts; the next evolution is unbelievable, salt, sour peat and a little track of wine.                                          With the addiction of water…No thank you, we’re not foolish.
    • Taste
       Not very long to astonish us, salty flavors, Colonnata’s lard, coal, vulcanic gum and some spices, cumin and spiced chili peppers; a little fruity break, declined into mellow yellow fruits and a last vegetable note of groundy peat and musk as well.
    • Finish
      ersistent, peat, tar, salty butter, chili peppers, brine, black pepper and lemon juice.                                                                                                                    Even after few days we smell the empty glass.

  7. bull10298 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is the 13th release of Port Ellen by Diageo, and the 1978 distillation has
    been matured in a mix of refill American oak and European oak casks. Last year
    expression had an RRP of �600, which has now risen to �1,500, reflecting the
    closed Islay distillery popularity among collectors and speculators. The waxy
    nose offers initial savoury notes and wood smoke, giving way to rock pools and
    citrus fruits. Big smoke and lemon notes on the early palate, followed by brine,
    honey, old leather and oak. The finish is big and lengthy, with earthy peat
    smoke, plain chocolate and liquorice. A very substantial dram in classic Port
    Ellen style.



  8. whiskyroma scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Malty and creamy with soft lemon oils, smoked butter and pepper with all manner of spices, mineral notes, flint, buttered courgettes? All sorts here. Clynelish/Brora-esque but those deep gritty mineral layers betray its Islay roots.
    T: Very thick, rich and lemony - arrives and sits then gives, and gives - glue, grasses, oil, lemon and pepper sprinkled evenly throughout the course of the development. Overall - impressive presence and intensity on the palate without becoming over active or zealous.
    F: Lemon meringue with vanillas but never overly sweet, never too oily. Theres a perfection here. Limey flint stone, a touch of sweet, salty lemon and faint ash conclude.
    C: Near perfect balance and presentation even throughout its constantly evolving profile. On an academic level, its near perfect but whether its style excites and evokes passionate human expression is another matter.

    Scores an A

  10. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91


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