About Port Ellen Whisky Distillery
Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll
Alexander Kerr Mackay assisted by Walter Campbell founds the distillery. Mackay runs into financial troubles after a few months and his three relatives John Morrison, Patrick Thomson and George Maclennan take over.
John Ramsay, a cousin to John Morrison, comes from Glasgow to take over.
Ramsay is granted a lease on the distillery from the Laird of Islay.
Ramsay dies and the distillery is inherited by his widow, Lucy.
Lucy Ramsay dies and her son Captain Iain Ramsay takes over.
Iain Ramsay sells to Buchanan-Dewar who transfers the administration to the company Port Ellen Distillery Co. Ltd.
Buchanan-Dewar joins Distillers Company Limited (DCL).
Administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) and the distillery is mothballed.
In production again after reconstruction and doubling of the number of stills from two to four.
A large drum maltings is installed.
Queen Elisabeth visits the distillery and a commemorative special bottling is made.
The distillery is mothballed.
The distillery closes permanently but the maltings continue to deliver malt to all Islay distilleries.
Port Ellen 1978 (20 years) is released as a Rare Malt.
Port Ellen 1978 (22 years) is released as a Rare Malt.
Port Ellen cask strength first edition is released.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde