Posts Tagged “Special Releases”

Port Ellen Series – Post VII: Diageo’s 6th Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post VII: Diageo’s 6th Annual Release

I think overall, this is my favorite expression of them all and with no further ado, the tasting notes:   Port Ellen 6th Annual Release (2006), Vintage 1978, 27 Year old (54.2% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Gold, very thin and slow legs coming off a long lasting ring. Nose: The peat is, by far, the most pronounced in the…

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Port Ellen Series – Post VI: Diageo’s 5th Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post VI: Diageo’s 5th Annual Release

The 5th release is the third 1979 vintage in the series, with the 1st release presenting a 22 year old, the 3rd release (reviewed here) with a 24 year old and now the 5th with a 25 year old. This annual alternation between the 1979 and 1978 vintage goes on upto, and through, the 11th release,…

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Port Ellen Series – Post V: Diageo’s 4th Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post V: Diageo’s 4th Annual Release

The 4th release of 2004 was where Diageo started reducing the number of bottles toward today’s standard of almost 3,000 bottles, although there were exceptions to that (it seems like the desired level for those years was around 5,000 bottles, with the 6th not quite making it there). It seems that the 1st release was…

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Port Ellen Series – Post IV: Diageo’s 3rd Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post IV: Diageo’s 3rd Annual Release

The 3rd annual release came in 2003, and is still a 24 year old, this time distilled in 1979. In 2003, alongside the Port Ellen 3rd release came a 50 year old Glenury Royal (it was priced then at £950), a 32 year old Oban, distilled in 1969 (one that I’ve been trying to get a…

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Port Ellen Series – Post III: Diageo’s 2nd Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post III: Diageo’s 2nd Annual Release

My friend Eitan Tamir is an Israeli expat living in Helsinki, where they throw the most crazy whisky tastings on a regular basis. He went to a tasting of five Port Ellen official releases, the Second through the sixth releases. Conveniently, he was coming to Tel Aviv the following week, so I bought a virtual…

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

The long anticipated 2014 Diageo releases has arrived, and I sadly stand vindicated. Just a few months ago I wrote a piece on the absurdity of Diageo’s Port Ellen pricing policy, claiming that whisky suppliers are as guilty as collectors for creating the bubble in whisky prices by setting prices that make the whisky so prohibitively…

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