Port Ellen 16th Release

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2016
Stated Age
37 years old
Number of bottles
55.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
06 jun 2016 5:15 pm by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 4688.33

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165 × member ratings

149 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Port Ellen 16th Release

16 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.79 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during Feis Ile 2018 with 13th, 14th and 15th.
    Simple clean and chiselled Port Ellen. Excellent smoked lemon juice.
    • Nose
      Coastal notes (seaweeds, seashells). Hints of tarry ropes. Lemons. Gentle smoke.
    • Taste
      Sharp like a blade © SV. Lemon juice, smoke, brine and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, lemony and peppery.

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  3. stf_92 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Great memory of the Feis Ile 2018. Tasted with the fabulous 13th, 14th and 15th, this vintage is still on top.
    PE lemon peat on its smoke bed. With hints of toffee and small fruit zests.

  4. BarrelOfCoke did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Very "Brora", dramtically long finish.
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      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      97 97

  5. lingige scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  6. PP_Takeda did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    N- 97
    T- 96
    F- 96

  7. Teresa scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Perfect experience!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very creamy, a lot of tropical fruits, aromatic apple, ripe pear, sweet melon. Warm peat, a bouquet of flowers.
    • Taste
      Baked apple, a bit dryer than the other releases, a lot of camphor.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, oak and camphor

  9. Noface83 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Breaking News ! A warning for all those people who want to buy this bottle via auction. The bottle with the Nr. 1170 was stolen from a shop in Saarbrücken (Germany). Don't buy this bottle and inform the police if you see this bottle in an auction.

  10. cavalier66 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose: subtle peat

    Palate: stunning, tertiary, balanced peat and lemon, sweet with some hints of tropical fruit, vanilla, wax, leather
    Finish: long

  11. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    He is delicious and makes it quite crack for his age. Or. If you do not notice him like that, blindly I would have thought he was 17 rather than 37.
    • Nose
      pretty strong, dry herbs, old, polished leather, a bit medicated, menthol, salt (reminiscent of graduation), the glass should be moved carefully, the alcohol is very insidious and stings at the slightest shaking in the nose, even after half Hour and several drops of water, then it becomes meatier, Maggi, smoked ham ...
    • Taste
      black, bittersweet broth (in a positive sense) - Mixture of molasses, sugar beet syrup and camillan with black pepper, slight hints of licorice and black cherry jelly, very strong and full-bodied (even with water), diluted the smoke is more pronounced, ashen, bitter , to forget about the old kitchen herbs, dried marjoram, oregano, 15 years in the kitchen cabinet
    • Finish
      long and warm, licorice, camillan, black pepper, ashes, cocoa

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

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      96 96
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      95 95
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  13. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    The nose is actually fantastic fresh and complex - the palate is a bit behind the nose but has an interesting spicy mix and the finish is long and smoky - overall great stuff!
    • Nose
      Fresh, citrusy, lemony, salty sea breeze, whiffs of peat and smoke, hints of leather couch, spices, limestone - really not bad
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, more spices, peppery, now full load of peat and smoke, citrus fruits, also some green fruits and vegetables

      With water: A subtle sweetness is showing up - very good!
    • Finish
      Long and warm, more peaty and smoky

  14. whiskycuse scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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  15. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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  16. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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  17. markjedi1 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    When this whisky was poured during the Diageo Masterclass at Spirits in the Sky, the tension in the room was palpable. For many, this was the highlight of the tasting – or even the festival. And why not. It does not happen every day that one can try a bottle that will set you back 3000 EUR, right? Port Ellen always has had something magical. But whether it can fulfill that promise? Read on!
    Yes, this is textbook Port Ellen with hints of citrus fruit, some salty air, a touch of putty and some green garden herbs including a leaf of mint. There is a sweetness in there that reminds me of cough candy with a hint of nuts. Some Wellington boots, used by the neighbor to work in his garden for the last two hours. The interior of a new Lamborghini. Hint of tea from Morocco. I think it works like a charm.
    Grand arrival on lime juicy with sea salt (should such a thing exist), very brackish and peaty with some yellow apples and again some green herbs. Sage and camphor with a hint of mint.
    The finish is very long and remains smoky until the death. Delicious!
    A great Port Ellen without a doubt, but the 7th Release is still my favorite. Between 3.000 and 4.000 EUR. Oh, come on! This is totally ridiculous. I cannot afford this! And I’m sure many of you feel the same way. I bought my 7th Release less than ten years ago and paid around 300 EUR for it. If I knew then what I know now…

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

    Tasting Notes by Diageo

    Barrel: American oak barrels (hogsheads) refilled and European oak barrels refilled (Butts).

    Color: Polished teak, good beading

    Aroma: Refined and unobtrusive; essentially dry; Smoke at first, then unfolds a wave of well-known sweet and smoky notes, accompanied by jute and warm wood tones. All this indicates his advanced age. Smoke also comes closer and smells more fragrant, while the wonderful aromas of honey-marinated smoked meat or root vegetables float over it. Throughout, a fresh, cleansing note develops, competing with sweet mint, tangy lemon and vinous tones. Finally, soft notes of dark cocoa appear as well as some vanilla and other wood smoke. Add water, first sweet, then a little more tinted and spicy, before the clear fruity sweetness returns.

    Taste: Wonderful in natural cask strength. Sweet, tingling and dry, with a great blend of wood ash, roasted marmalade tart, molasses toffee and caramelized orange. Then all-pervasive smoke with a spicy herbaceous note and cloves. Water makes it cooler and softer but does not change its well-balanced taste profile. First dark toffee, then smoked meat, kippers, ashes and purifying phenols.

    Finish: Long, cooling and complex; dry, but also enveloping. Instantly appetizing, with candied apple, toasted toast, lemon zest, ripe red apples and burnt plum cake. Very herbaceous and heavy with woody smoke, softer with water.

    Remarks: Sovereign, finely tuned and highly complex Port Ellen, full of sophistication; with an effortless balance of sweet fruit notes and intense delicious aromas of citrus, honey, smoke, fire and oak - the oldest port Ellen ever bottled. To put it in the words of a taster, "those old Port Ellen just keep getting better!"

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

    Tasting Notes by TWE

    Nose: Sugared almonds, chamois leather, sherbet
    lemons, oily smoke, a hint of empty fish tins, brine, floral heather
    honey and bung cloth – an avalanche of flavours which work impressively
    well. As things calm down in the glass, spicy rye bread, musty green
    ferns and touches of hay appear.
    Palate: Sweet and oily to start, it quickly turns to
    sour apple with a big kick of spice – rye bread, nutmeg and white
    pepper. Behind that punch are leathery notes, caramel, treacle toffee
    and liquorice, with dark chocolate, blackcurrant jam and oaky smoke
    sitting right at the back. Water brings out more spice and fruit – apple
    leather, black pepper and freshly scraped vanilla pods.
    Finish: Driftwood, green leaves and forest ponds to
    start, with soft liquorice notes building before fading to sweet dark
    chocolate with a hint of fennel. It keeps going, fading to soft spice
    after a few minutes.
    Comments: It’s an intense dram, with water only
    adding more intensity – one to drink neat. It’s a classic Port Ellen
    with the almost clichéd chamois leather and sherbet notes balanced
    perfectly against gentle smoke and seaside character. An impressive


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