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Port Ellen

The Port Ellen distillery was founded in 1825 by Alexander Ker Mackay. The distillery lies not far from the centre of its namesake town, Islay’s main port, and draws its waters from the Leorin Lochs. John Ramsay, a local Member of Parliament, acquired the distillery after Mackay went into bankruptcy. Ramsay was a leader in his field and recognised the opportunities that exportation to America could offer.

The Port Ellen whisky distillery remained in Ramsay family hands until 1920, when John Dewar & Sons and James Buchanan & Co purchased it, merging with Distillers Company Limited five years later. In 1930, the Port Ellen distillery was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers. The distillery had ceased whisky production a year prior, but continued to malt barley. Indeed, to this day the maltings at Port Ellen supply most of the distilleries on Islay as well as the Isle of Jura distillery.

A new maltings was installed in 1973, a few years after the distillery reopened in 1966. In 1967, further stills were installed and the distillery underwent extensive renovations. During the 1980s the Scotch whisky market became saturated and, regrettably, Port Ellen did not survive - the stills fell silent in May of 1983. There have been both independent releases as well as a handful of official bottlings.

The spell of silence is over! Diageo announced in October 2017 it will revive Port Ellen and rebuild the distillery. Expect the first spirit to flow from the new stills in 2020.

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51%

Well, well, well. It wouldn't be Diageo Special Releases without a Port Ellen expression, and this one really is rather lovely. Diageo's done the sums, and this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)
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Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13101) - Xtra Old Patricular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.3%

An astonishing bottling from Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range - this is a well-sherried 35 year old single malt produced at Islay's long-closed Port Ellen distillery! It was aged in a single…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (cask 13101) - Xtra Old Patricular (Douglas Laing)
$1,912.36

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.9%

This is a classic Rare Malts bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the infamous, though sadly closed, Port Ellen distillery on Islay. Matured for 20 years after being distilled in 1978, it was…  More info

Port Ellen 20 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts
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$1,636.01
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Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1970 - Connoisseur's Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%

From the now-silent Port Ellen distillery comes this impressive 16 Year Old! The Islay whisky was distilled in 1970 and bottled just a few years after the distillery closed its doors, by Gordon &…  More info

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1970 - Connoisseur's Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$1,636.01

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1978 (cask 5339) - Signatory

70cl, 57.4%

This 1978 vintage Port Ellen was distilled just five years before the distillery sadly closed. The single malt was then matured in a single cask for the following 23 years. A limited 218 bottles were…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1978 (cask 5339) - Signatory
$1,313.19

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1975 - Finest Collection (Hart Brothers)

70cl, 43%

Ooh, very rare single malt from the long-closed Port Ellen distillery! This was distilled in 1975 and independently bottled 22 years later by the Hart Brothers for their Finest Collection. This…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1975 - Finest Collection (Hart Brothers)

Port Ellen 39 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%

The first release in the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series is an astonishing bottling of 39 year old single malt produced by the legendary Islay-based distillery. Dubbed The Spirit Safe, this is one…  More info

Port Ellen 39 Year Old - Untold Stories Series
$4,924.46

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 55.3%

From Diageo's 2008 Special Releases comes a 29 year old single malt from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which was distilled in 1978. It was drawn from American and European oak casks and…  More info

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2016) (Lot No. RO/16/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A vintage Port Ellen that was distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & McPhail in 2016 for the Rare Old series. A release of only 275 bottles. Incredibly rare Islay single malt from this legendary…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2016) (Lot No. RO/16/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.8%

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in April 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in April 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%

A rather rare bottling of 27 year old, 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (and sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on Islay. This was released in 2006 as part of Diageo's 6th…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)
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Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.8%

A sublime single cask bottling from the revered Port Ellen Distillery. This 1979 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single refill sherry butt for 32 years before it was bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 (cask 2037) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 56.2%

An Islay single malt from Port Ellen distillery that was mothballed in 1983. The whisky was distilled in 1982, just a year before the closure, and bottled in 2007 at the ripe age of 25 years at a…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 (cask 2037) (Bladnoch)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.1%

Douglas Laing properly go for it with their Old and Rare Platinum range, picking only the most ridiculously desirable whiskies to join the impressive selection. Speaking of ridiculously desirable,…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A collectible bottling from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, featuring single malt whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery. This rare cask cask whisky was distilled in the spring of 1983 -…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2003) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A rather fabulous bottle of Port Ellen distilled in 1982, just one year before the distillery closed its doors. After a good long while, the single malt was bottled in 2003 by Gordon & MacPhail for…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2003) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 2040) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 55.1%

A bottling of very rare Port Ellen single malt, distilled in September 1982 and left to age in a single refill sherry butt for 35 years, before being bottled in July 2018. 567 bottles were produced…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 2040) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982 (cask 2461) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 60.4%

A rare release of Port Ellen single malt, distilled in October 1982 and matured in a single butt cask for 24 years. It was bottled for the Bladnoch forum in November 2006, producing 644 bottles. Very…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982 (cask 2461) (Bladnoch)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 12282) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.4%

Released in celebration of Douglas Laing's 70th anniversary, this sublime single malt from Port Ellen was distilled in November 1982 and matured for 35 years in a single refill butt until October…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 12282)  - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.4%

An independently bottled single malt from Port Ellen, a sorely missed (though soon returning!) distillery on the Isle of Islay. After 33 years of maturation, That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottled up…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.4%

This is a fabulous old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing's stellar Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in August 1977, some six years before the distillery shut its doors for good, and the…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 33 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.5%

It's the sixth batch of Port Ellen independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the first to boast an age statement on its label - this right here is a 33 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 9964) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%

A well-aged, single cask Port Ellen independently bottled by Douglas Laing? This should be really something. The closed Islay distillery produced this whisky in May 1982 and allowed it to mature in a…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 9964) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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

70cl, 53.9%

It's a limited release of 2,988 bottles, aged for 32 years in refill American oak casks, and guess what, it's the oldest ever official release of Port Ellen. "Whoosh" (the noise of it flying off the…  More info

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

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.4%

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

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