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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 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)
$1,590.55

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)
$1,835.61
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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)
$2,613.51
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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)

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
$1,301.85
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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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$3,125.81
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Port Ellen 15 Year Old 1981 (cask 1391) - Cask Master Selection No.3 (The Whisky Connoisseur)

70cl, 62.6%

Always exciting to see a bottling of Port Ellen single malt. The sorely-missed Islay distillery produced this whisky in April 1981, and it was bottled 15 years later in April 1996 for The Whisky…  More info

Port Ellen 15 Year Old 1981 (cask 1391) - Cask Master Selection No.3 (The Whisky Connoisseur)

Port Ellen 33 Year Old (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 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%

A single cask bottling of rare Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Douglas Laing. This was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery shut its doors for the final…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 (cask 11120) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$1,467.77
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Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2036) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 58.1%

A bottle of single cask malt whisky from the legendary Port Ellen, a closed distillery on Islay whose whiskies have become extremely sought-after over the years. This cracking indie release was…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old (cask 2036) (Bladnoch)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - 14th Release (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 56.5%

Strictly 1 Per Customer Part of the 2014 Diageo Special Releases, this 35 year old Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a combination of refill American oak and European oak casks.…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - 14th Release (2014 Special Release)

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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Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 55.6%

33 year old Port Ellen, anyone? This indie bottling of single malt from the legendary closed distillery was bottled by Douglas Laing in honour of La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary - that's quite…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$1,470.71
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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)

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%

A rare Diageo Special Release of single malt from the legendary closed distillery of Port Ellen, bottled in 2004! We were lucky enough to taste this release at Fèis Ìle 2011. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1978 - 4th Release (2004 Special Release)

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58.3%

Sherry matured single cask Port Ellen! Hunter Laing have bottled this extremely exciting 33 year old malt from this famous closed Islay distillery. Bottled from the Sherry butt in October 2015, just…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)
$2,058.21
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%

Saying that Port Ellen whisky is sought-after is like saying jam is pretty good on toast - a massive understatement! The distillery on Islay closed in 1983, to the disappointment of many who loved…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 671) Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
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Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 1997) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

Port Ellen's single malt is already rare, but here's another level of rarity - a bottle of Port Ellen distilled in 1980 and bottled back in 1997! This is an indie bottling of single malt from the…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 1997) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 16 Year Old - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 62.4%

A rare indie bottling of Port Ellen from years gone by! This is a 16 year old single malt from the gone-but-not-forgotten distillery on the Isle of Islay, distilled in April 1981 and bottled at cask…  More info

Port Ellen 16 Year Old - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
$817.06
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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 25 Year Old 1982 (cask 3639) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Ooooh, 25 year old Port Ellen single malt... Yum... This is a rare indie bottling of whisky from the gone-but-no-forgotten Islay distillery, aged in a Sherry cask from February 1982 (a year before…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 (cask 3639) - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 55.2%

Like most of this year's Special Releases, this is a natural cask strength single malt whisky matured in refill American oak hogshead and refill European oak butts. Unlike most of this year's Special…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1978 - 16th Release (Special Release 2016)
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Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A bottling of Port Ellen single malt distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Rare Old collection. The impressive whiskies from this closed Islay distillery are extremely sought…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/12) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 56.6%

A 36 year old Port Ellen! Need we say more? Well, it was distilled in May 1979 and bottled by Douglas Laing for their Extra Old Particular range in September 2015. 227 bottles were filled from a…  More info

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (cask 10914) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.5%

A Hunter Laing bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned closed distilleries in Scotland - Port Ellen. Distilled at the Islay distillery in September 1978 and aged in a…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

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