Port Ellen 14th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2014
Stated Age
35 years old
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
21 sep 2014 11:04 am by whisk-O-thek
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3909.56

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Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 14th Release

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.65 points.

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This was a treat. A sample from a friend and it didn’t disappoint. Very much a soft peat coastal dram, the oak was subtle and it had wonderful layers of sweet, spice, citrus and brine.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Coastal sea air, sweet malt, vanilla, fragrant and somehow flowery, dough, grassy and spicey, the peat is light and
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet vanillas, briney, peppered, citrus, warming peat, thick and chewy
    • Finish
      91 91
      Chalky, oak is warm, lemon cake with vanilla frosting,

  2. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during Feis Ile 2018 with 13th, 15th and 16th.
    A very good Port Ellen. Fruity and sweet. Just less interesting than others I have tasted so far.
    • Nose
      Coastal (seashells, seaweeds), leathery, tarry, meaty, nutty and vegetal. Earthy peat.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily. Oranges, candied lemons and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and spicy.

  3. bull10298 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The latest Port Ellen from Diageo Special Releases programme was distilled in
    1978 and matured in re-fill American oak and European oak casks. The out-turn is
    2,964 bottles. The nose offers coal tar, damp fabric Elastoplast, citrus fruit,
    sultanas and warm leather. Voluptuous in the mouth, with sweet fruity notes �
    pineapple and banana � wrapped in peat smoke and ginger, while brine and plain
    chocolate arrive in time. Long in the finish, with oaky spices and smoky fruit.



  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A bit exhausted compared to the other releases in the PE SR, however still a great one!
    • Nose
      A lot of creams, still a lot of tropical fruits, cooked smoked ham, some damp oak.
    • Taste
      Strong lemon oil, a lot of perfume, sake, fermented rice, very yeasty.
    • Finish
      Medium, mints, some oak and toffee

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  6. sengjc scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Now I can understand what the hype is all about, unique even among the Islay and refreshingly so. While most Islays these days can best described as peat powerhouses that will bludgeon your senses with a peat cudgel, this one delivers the peat with deft of a master swordsman - immense yet contained with the malt ever present and a mineral-maritime complexity about it. Why anyone would choose to shut this distillery down is a wonder.

  7. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. tomkandy scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    Tasted at TWE's Diageo Special Releases tasting. Widely anticipated as the highlight of the evening, tended to deliver. All sorts of OTT leather and smoky flavours, miles of depth, and far dissimilar to any other Islay, at any price.
    • Nose
      Seaweed, pine, furniture polish, classic car garage
    • Taste
      Tobacco, terpenes, paraffin lamp smoke, brown sugar, juniper

  10. Gronqvist did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes Courtesy of Diageo :

     Nose : Sophisticated and understated; dry overall, opening with distant, faint smoke, before a wave of familiar sweet and smoky notes, among which hints of hessian and warm wood are all that suggest great age. The distant smoke soon grows closer and more fragrant, while above it drift pleasing sweet aromas of honey-cured smoked meats or root vegetable. Through all this a fresh, cleansing note rises, to vie with sweet mint and sharp citrus - winey hints too. Finally, smooth, dark cocoa, some vanilla and more wood smoke. With water, first sweet, then more muted and savoury, though later a fruity clarity sweetly returns.

    Body : Smooth and agreeably oily.

    Palate : Immediate and lively! At first, rich and honeyed, the sweetness perfectly balanced by maritime salt as if to suggest sweet seaweed. Then, unexpected notes of citrus and ginger burst like lime and ginger marmalade on wholemeal toast. In turn, this sunny edge is clouded by sweet smoke, rising against a velvety backdrop of dark chocolate. The rich character remains in essence unchanged when reduced with water; still warming, the citrus becomes orange oil, with ginger and modest smoke.Finish : Very long and warming, with crisp ginger and citrus, and fresh, menthol-clean notes that rise against a backdrop of drying, oaky wood smoke.

    A glorious grande dame, superb in every way and with a poise and self-assurance born of long experience. An unexpected Port Ellen with a warming, spicy, gingery edge to its traditional sweet and smoky nature: captivating at cask strength, while a little water reveals a charming sweetness in the nose and richness and depth on the palate.


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