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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 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 48.6%

27 year old Port Ellen distilled in 1982. This is rare whisky, aged in Bourbon casks and finished in ChÔteau D'Yquem sauternes barrels. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009, and…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1982 - Mission (Murray McDavid)
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Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 02 - bottled 2010) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

70cl, 46%

This is a single cask bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a refill butt from February 1983 until September 2010. Part of the Single Malts of Scotland range of independent…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 02 - bottled 2010) - Single Malts of Scotland (Speciality Drinks)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 517 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59%

A fabulous cask strength Port Ellen aged in a single refill butt (cask 517) for a whopping 27 years. Bottling on the 28th September 2010 by Signatory. A release of 608 bottles.  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 Cask 517 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A 27 year old Port Ellen from a single cask! This was distilled in the Winter 1983 and aged in cask 6000 (a refill hogshead) before bottling in Spring 2010 for the Provenance range.  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6000) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A 27 year old, single cask Port Ellen, need we say more? Well, just in case we'll add that it was distilled in Spring 1983 (just before the legendary distillery closed for good) and was bottled in…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 (cask 6101) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.7%

This stunning Port Ellen was distilled on the 2nd of February 1983 (just a few months before the distillery closed for good) and was aged in wine treated butt number 231 for 27 years before bottling…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%

This stunning Port Ellen was distilled on the 2nd of February 1983 (just a few months before the distillery closed for good) and was aged in wine treated butt number 231 for 27 years before bottling…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 27 year old Port Ellen bottled under the Old Malt Cask label from Douglas Laing. It won't be around for ever, Port Ellen. And you'll miss it when it's gone so you will.  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1979 - 7th Release (2007 Special Release)

70cl, 53.7%

This is the 7th annual release from the legendary Port Ellen, unveiled as part of Diageo's 2007 Special Releases. It's a limited edition bottling that was distilled in 1979 and matured for 28 years…  More info

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1979 - 7th Release (2007 Special Release)

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1983 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%

As Port Ellen distillery closed its doors and quieted its stills in 1983, demand for its whiskies has been incredibly high for many years. This bottling from Douglas Laing's Old & Rare Platinum range…  More info

Port Ellen 28 Year Old 1983 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

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 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 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 30 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.3%

An amazing single cask Port Ellen, the legendary defunct Islay distillery. This was distilled in November 1979 and aged for a massive 30 years before bottling by Douglas Laing in August 2010. A…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.6%

A rare 30 year old bottling from the Douglas Laing 'Old Malt Cask' range. One of just 234 bottles. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask Commemorative (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9828) - Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.7%

A single cask Port Ellen from the Port Ellen distillery in the town of Port Ellen. This 30 year old single cask release was matured in a refill hogshead, which yielded just 94 precious bottles. Part…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 9828) - Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)

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

70cl, 54.2%

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

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
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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 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.5%

Ah, looky! I'd better go and open this window here so I can shout out of it that we have a new sooty, leathery Port Ellen from Douglas Laing in stock. They'll probably all be gone by the time I turn…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1983 (cask 10124) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

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 31 Year Old 1978 - 10th Release (2010 Special Release)

70cl, 54.6%

Highly anticipated release from Diageo's now defunct Port Ellen distillery. In our humble opinion, perhaps not quite as good as last year's release, but nevertheless still quite special, and will…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1978 - 10th Release (2010 Special Release)

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.2%

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery on the Island of Islay. It was distilled in June 1982 and bottled in March 2014 for the Mackillop's Choice…  More info

Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 (cask 1511) - Mackillop's Choice

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)

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