Port Ellen 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1979

€ 2.066,12 (ex Vat)
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Distillery Port Ellen
Bottler OB
Serie Annual Release
Bottled for Diageo Special Releases 2010
Distilled date 1979
Bottling date 2011
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 32
Cask Type American and European Oak Casks
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 53.9
Volume 0,70
Condition In original container
Label Perfect
Stock 1

Professional reviews

Serge Valentin (95)

Will this be anywhere near last year’s stunning 10th release, that was already a 1978? (WF 95).

Colour: gold.

Nose: well, I don’t want to shower praise on myself but I think it was a good idea to have this baby after a youngster, because this is so different yet so close. I mean, the background is more or less the same despite the different vintages, but this is much more polished, rounded and complex. Starts with a lot of fresh walnuts, almonds, apples and butter as well as some cigar smoke, and develops on fresh ink and paint, coal stove (yep, grandma’s), shellfish, motor oil and leather polish. The peatiness is starting to fade away, which was already happening with the 10th release, but I think that brought a bigger complexity to the whole.
With water: pure brine and seawater, which was a little unexpected. We’re so close to the Moon (Import) now, it’s as if water took 15 years away. Funny and brilliant. Maybe a little sootier, in fact.

Mouth (neat): yahh! Frankly, it’s still a beast on the palate, and the peat is much more vivid than on the nose. Greatly acrid, very ashy, kippery (yeah I know) and lemony, with in the background, fabulous notes of marzipan, olive oil, pine sap and putty. What strikes me is the way it becomes more citrusy after that, not just on lemon but also on tangerines and even kumquats and bergamots. With water: like smoking the best early Cohibas. Quite ashy indeed – and there are many other flavours.

Finish: long, with a fab sweet and sour and ashy profile that, again, usually rather belongs to the wine world in my opinion. Great briny/almondy aftertaste, rather smooth.

Comments: fab and look, we don’t do halves so we shall keep the same score as last year, even if I think we might well be a wee tad lower in fact. Just a iny-wee tad... (last year's was maybe a minuscule notch more complex.) I also liked the fruitiness that starts to come out – taking the place of peat? 95 points. (and now, this to the pure speculators who don’t really care about whisky: please *** off! ;-))

BOW (95)

An Exquisite Whisky with Timeless Elegance

The Port Ellen 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% is an exquisite whisky that exudes timeless elegance from the renowned Port Ellen Distillery. With an alcohol content of 53.9%, this single malt whisky offers a truly exceptional and refined drinking experience.

As part of the 11th release from Port Ellen, this whisky represents the culmination of craftsmanship and expertise honed over 32 years of maturation. Each sip is a testament to the dedication and artistry of the distillers, resulting in a whisky of unparalleled quality.

Upon pouring, the Port Ellen 11th Release 32 Years Old showcases a captivating amber hue, inviting you to indulge in its aromatic bouquet. The nose is greeted with a symphony of delicate smokiness, intertwined with notes of sea salt, citrus, and subtle sweetness. It is a sensory journey that transports you to the rugged shores of Islay.

On the palate, this whisky unfolds with grace and complexity. Layers of flavors dance on the tongue, with a harmonious interplay of peat smoke, maritime influences, and hints of dried fruits. The whispers of oak, vanilla, and spices add depth and sophistication, leaving a lasting impression on the discerning palate.

The finish is long and satisfying, with a gentle lingering smokiness and a touch of warmth that envelops the senses. It is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship and meticulous aging that has gone into creating this extraordinary whisky.

The Port Ellen 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% embodies the legacy and artistry of the Port Ellen Distillery. It is a whisky that transcends time, captivating both whisky connoisseurs and collectors with its refined elegance and extraordinary depth of flavor.

In conclusion, the Port Ellen 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% is an exquisite whisky that showcases the timeless elegance and exceptional quality of the Port Ellen Distillery. Its remarkable flavors and refined character make it a cherished addition to any whisky collection, a true celebration of the art of whisky-making.


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