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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 (Release No.11535) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 47.9%

The Character of Islay Whisky Company's Wind & Wave independent bottling series is all about showing off the glorious whiskies from the eponymous island, and this one is particularly glorious indeed.…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1983 (Release No.11535) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)
£3,999.95
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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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£2,500

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 62.2%

An old bottling of rare single malt from Islay's legendary Port Ellen Distillery. This WM Cadenhead independently bottling was distilled in 1980, a few years before Port Ellen closed its doors, and…  More info

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead)
£1,495

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%

Another incredible expression from the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series, this time feature 40 year old (!) single malt from the legendary closed distillery on the south coast of Islay. This…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old - Untold Stories Series
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Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1975 - Adelphi

70cl, 57.1%

Get a glimpse into the past with this rare bottling of Port Ellen's single malt Scotch whisky from Adelphi! This one was distilled in 1975, and matured for 24 years before being independently bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1975 - Adelphi

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

70cl, 60.5%

A cask strength, very rare Port Ellen. This was distilled in 1978 and matured for 22 years before bottling as part of the Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1978 - Rare Malts

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 1994) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A rather rare bottling from Islay's legendary and long-closed Port Ellen Distillery. This exceptional 1979 vintage single malt was selected by indie bottler Gordon & MacPhail (also legendary, and…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 1994) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1983 – Eidolon (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 53.5%

An excellent rare whisky from Hunter Laing's Eidolon series, this is a 36 year old Port Ellen! This was distilled in 1983, the very same year the distillery closed its doors (though it is now being…  More info

Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1983 – Eidolon (Hunter Laing)

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 1980 (cask 89/589/47) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Ooh, is that a rare bottle of Port Ellen we spy? It is indeed! This First Cask bottling is of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, which was distilled all the way back in August 1980. It was bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1980 (cask 89/589/47) - First Cask

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1976 (cask 4777) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Sound the Port Ellen klaxon! This is a rare bottle of single malt from the legendary port Ellen Distillery on Islay, which was distilled in 1976 and matured for 18 years in a single cask. Following…  More info

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1976 (cask 4777) - First Cask

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.6%

Douglas Laing has done something astonishing. They've managed to release the oldest independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt to date! This extraordinary (or should it be "Xtraordinary", since…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Xtra Old Particular The Black Series (Douglas Laing)
£3,500
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Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 54.7%

From the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection, an indie bottling range reserved for incredibly special whiskies, comes an incredibly special whisky. This right here is a 40 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 1979 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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)

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)

70cl, 56.2%

Today Port Ellen is a whisky legend, thanks to a myriad of reasons in the early 1980s the distillery was closed. However, this was no judgement on its character or of it's quality, and when the…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1979 - 1st Release (2001 Special Release)
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Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%

Distilled in 1982, this Port Ellen single malt was left in a single cask for the best part of a quarter of a decade. Douglas Laing bottled it up at 23 years old at cask strength, with the Island…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

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

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1976 (cask 4785) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

This 1976 vintage Islay whisky hails from Port Ellen, which closed in 1983 (though is now set to reopen!). It was distilled on 18 September, left in a single cask and bottled 18 years later at 48%…  More info

Port Ellen 18 Year Old 1976 (cask 4785) - First Cask

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

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)

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