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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 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)
$1,712.95

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 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)
$757.94

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 52.5%

It’s a Port Ellen, it’s rare and everyone wants some but well… it’s easy to see why. Bottled from a mixture of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks at 52.5%abv and with an impressive thirty-two years of…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - 9th Release (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 57.7%

A very rare, hotly anticipated Port Ellen. This is from the slew of Diageo 2009 Special Releases, this is the 9th release, distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength (part of an outturn of 5,916…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - 9th Release (2009 Special Release)

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A complex, rich single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery, known for its stunning peaty flavours. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.5%

Another knockout Douglas Laing bottling for the Xtra Old Particular range, this Port Ellen 34 Year Old was distilled in May of 1982, before it was charged from one refill hogshead cask and bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 1983 (bottled 2016) (cask 16055) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 57.1%

Indie bottlings of Port Ellen always cause lots of excitement among whisky enthusiasts, as the distillery has long been closed and sorely missed. This right here is a single cask bottling from the…  More info

Port Ellen 1983 (bottled 2016) (cask 16055) - Malts of Scotland

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

An indie bottling of Port Ellen single malt from back in the days when Douglas Laing owned the Old Malt Cask bottling range. This one was aged from 1983 to 2006 in a single refill butt cask,…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%

30 year old single malt from Port Ellen, one of the most legendary closed distilleries around. This one is an independent bottling, featuring whisky distilled in 1978 and matured in a single cask…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.7%

Rare Port Ellen bottling alert! This is a 25 year old single malt from the legendary closed distillery on Islay, matured in a single cask from 1982 to 2008 before being bottled by Douglas Laing for…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.4%

Port Ellen is arguably the most legendary of Scotland's closed whisky distilleries. Residing on the Isle of Islay, Port Ellen's stills sadly fell silent in 1983, but whisky enthusiasts continue to…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)

70cl, 53.9%

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery that was mothballed in 1983 and never reopened. The whisky comes from the final year of production. Matured in refill European oak butts…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1983 - 15th Release (2015 Special Release)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.1%

A very mature, 27 year old Port Ellen. Perhaps the most legendary distilleries of them all, though now defunct. Just 396 bottles of this were released, a very rare Douglas Laing bottling. Serge from…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

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