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Port Ellen whisky reviews

Port Ellen distillery
Islay region
Founded in 1825, currently inactive (dismantled)
Owned by Diageo

Port Ellen 31 yo 1978 ‘10th release’ (54,6%, OB 2010, 3000 btl.) – 95/100

Port Ellen 32 yo 1979 ‘12th release’ (52,5%, OB 2012, 2964 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 16 yo 1969 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs’ Choice +/- 1985) – 92/100

Port Ellen 1978 (55,7%, Thosop Handwritten 2005, refill sherry butt, 6 btl.) – 93/100

Port Ellen 29yo 1979 (52%, Old Bothwell for Lindores 2009, cask #1654, 11 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 1979 (54,1%, The Whisky Show 2009, 60 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 28y 1979 (53,7%, Norse Cask Selection 2007, Cask QW1311, 277 btl.) – 93/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (55,2%, Douglas Laing OMC 2009 for The Whisky Fair, ref. DL 4904, 133 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 30 yo 1982 (58,6%, Malts of Scotland 2012, sherry hogshead, MoS 12017, 298 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1982 (55,7%, Old Bothwell 2009, cask #2473) – 89/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1982 (56,4%, Old Bothwell 2009, cask #2545) – 86/100

Port Ellen 29 yo 1982 (58,5%, Whisky-Doris 2011, bourbon hogshead #18, 212 btl.) – 90/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (57,3%, Whisky-Fässle 2010) – 93/100

Port Ellen 28yo 1982 (57,5%, Whiskysite.nl / QV.ID 2010, refill sherry puncheon, 136 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 21yo 1982 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2004, DL ref. 414, full sherry, 420 btl.) – 89/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (53%, Daily Dram 2010) – 92/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2009, refill butt, DL ref. 5441, 640 btl.) – 88/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (54,6%, Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare 2010, cask #674, 282 btl.) – 93/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 (56%, Malts of Scotland 2010, refill sherry cask MoS66, 322 btl.) – 89/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (58,9%, Malts of Scotland 2011, bourbon hogshead, MoS 11011, 267 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (55,5%, Old Bothwell 2011, cask #230, 179 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (53,5%, Old Bothwell for Thosop 2009, cask #221) – 92/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (55,5%, Silver Seal & Whiskybase 2011, cask S1462, 60 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 ‘While my whisky gently weeps’ (55,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, 120 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 (55,7%, Signatory Vintage 2010, cask #231, 501 btl.) – 93/100

Port Ellen 23y 1983 (46%, DL McG Provenance 2007, refill butts #3402-3403) – 86/100

Port Ellen 24 yo 1979 ‘3rd release’ (57,3%, OB 2003, 9000 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1978 ‘6th release’ (54,3%, OB 2006, 20cl) – 89/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1979 ‘7th release’ (54,7%, OB 2007, 20cl) – 94/100

Port Ellen 9th release 30yo 1979 (57,7%, OB 2009, 5916 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen Pe1 (58,7%, Elements of Islay 2009) – 92/100

Port Ellen Pe2 (59,5%, Elements of Islay 2010, 50 cl.) – 89/100

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