Port Ellen 1979
32 Year Old 11th Release (2011)

70cl / 53.9%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Port Ellen 1979 / 32 Year Old / 11th Release (2011)
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The eleventh Port Ellen in Diageo's Special Releases series was distilled in 1979 and bottled at 32 years old. We reckon it's the best official PE in many years - sadly our allocation was completely pre-booked before the stock arrived.

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32 Year Old
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Port Ellen 1979 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate

    • Port Ellen's make was usually filled into old casks to maximise its smoke when used young. To us, therefore, it's Islay's most austere malt, yet the guys who worked there all talk of its sweetness. Here, finally, its an example of that. Yes, there's some wet slate and briny smoke, but it's balanced by citrus, waxy fruits, and a central sweet-ness adding complexity. It might have taken a long time to get here, but it was worth the wait. 92 Points.

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  • 5
    16 January 2016

    very rare whisky with great taste.

  • Anonymous 6 October 2012

    Tasted this for the first time at Stourbridge Whiskyfest 2012.Part of Colin Dunn's (Diageo) Masterclass. Absolutely knockout. Beautifully complex with delicious sweetness, hints of smoke and peat, and long satifying finish. May never taste another like it, a real once in a lifetime dram.