Port Ellen 15th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Stated Age
32 years old
Bourbon Oak Casks
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
19 oct 2015 8:23 am by mds51
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 3875.92

66 × in wishlist

145 × member ratings

164 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 15th Release

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.02 points.

  1. lingige scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. MarcinCh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. This whisky is extremely oily in a glass.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense and full. At first, sweetness. Vanilla. Then salt. Salty caramel. Smoky notes. Sea breeze. Sea salt. Seaweed. Spices. Black pepper. Caramel again. Deep underneath are airy fruity notes and traces of pine needles. Minerality. Some citrus comes out. Smoky lemon sprinkled with salt and vanilla oil. The nose is reminiscent of a sandy seashore in a cool climate on a fairly windy but sunny day.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very intense, full and enjoyable. Lots of smoke, salt, minerality. The palace is made of wood. Fresh fruit.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Intense. Lots of smoke. The palace is made of wood. Spices. Black pepper. Fresh fruit. Citrus. Traces of vanilla in the background. Later, you can feel the thick pieces of wood burning in the fire again. Extremely long finish.

  4. eselsim scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    WLW 2021

    An absolutely banger of a dram, my mind was blown
    • Nose
      So potent, it stayed with me for a few hours, and the glass reeked of gentle sweet smoke for two days, elegant and oily, ice cream, chicken coop, saw dust, hot sand and embers, moist cellar, old books
    • Taste
      very complex, with every sip there is something new, funky, leather, peat, sweet, waffles, fallen leaves, very autumny dram, wonderful smoothness for CS 53,9% excellent bourbon cask influence GOD TIER WHISKY
    • Finish
      Very long, zesty, damp, malty, allspice, dark chocolate

  5. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during Feis Ile 2018 with 13th, 14th and 16th.
    Elegant nose, simpler and tasty palate. Another great Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      Oily, lemony (candied lemons), farmy (fresh hay and more), earthy, tarry, smoky and coastal with seaweeds, seashells.
    • Taste
      Lemony, zesty, minty and peppery.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, lemony and lightly peppery.

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Although not as fruity as the other releases, this one is more peaty and dynamic.
    • Nose
      This one is very smokey and leathery, strong iodine, the alcohol is pungent, there are less tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      Perfumy, very sweet and a lot of peat, baked apple, live and fresh.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, damp oak, chocolate spices.

  7. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well, my first "died sample" - too bad, I should probably try or transfer, about 1.5cl in a 5cl bottle (rest gift) are probably not very durable.
    • Nose
      old, pleasant old, old village pharmacy - stone old wood, furniture polish, floor wax, medical, but not disinfectants, but all sorts of pills and Pülverchen, a touch of eucalyptus ...
    • Taste
      bah - bitter-sour rinse water without any alcohol - that's definitely over, break!
    • Finish

  8. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky Tasting: Port Ellen 32 years 1983 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZIa0wd3syQ

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: This is a blend of 12 barrels, put in at 67% and bottled collectively at 53.9%. It's chatty with lots of peated chocolate on the nose, peppered ham, rancid, tropical fruit notes, buttered coal tar,  smoked ice-cream (is that a thing?) and heavy leather. In fact Colin Dunn coined this one ‘Port Ellen in a leather coat’.
    T: Fabulous arrival, salty, liquid peat, malty peat with all the oily, minerals, fruity, stone, flinty notes associated frequently with PE. Interestingly its almost identical to the Port Askaig 30 WB which preceded this tasting.
    F: Fruity, smoky peat,...... is that it! Again, the Port Askaig had an almost identical finish. It's a bit hollow, a bit too clean by PE standards…. but eventually, there's a little Port Ellen-ess at the end, but it's slight.
    C: Simply delicious stuff, but like the Brora, surprisingly undramtic or overly remarkable. The end of the end? How many barrels are left, barrels good enough to release as official bottlings? Maybe it's only the status and mystique of the rare releases that's keeping the circus touring?

    Scores a B[+] 88

  10. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottler's Note: Color: Polished teak. Good perlage.
    Aroma: direct, intense and very complex. At first very fruity, with shells of red apples and fresh pears, which turns into a lush toffee note. You smell the beach - hot sand, sea air, seaweed and the ashes from the campfire - as the development increases.
    Wonderfully honeyed with water; The toffee is wrapped in wood smoke and leads to a sweet pungency, with malty appeal.
    Taste: Wonderful in natural cask strength of 53.9%. Sweet, sparkling and dry, with a great blend of wood ash, roasted marmalade tart, toffee and caramelized orange. Then increasingly penetrating smoke with a spicy herbal note and a hint of carnations.A little water makes it cooler and milder. Moderate in the body.
    Resonance: Long, cooling and complex. Dry, yet enveloping. Immediately appetizing, with apple, roasted toast, lemon zest, ripe red apples and baked plum tartlets. Many herbal notes and heavy, with wood smoke that softens with water. Mint, barley sugar and honey on toasted toast.


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