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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 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)
$3,563.12

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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$3,049.01

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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$1,521.96
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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)
$1,779.04

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)
$1,521.96

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

70cl, 49.3%

This is a very special bottling of Islay single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled back in 1977 at the legendary Port Ellen distillery and matured in a single cask for 35 years. It was then bottled…  More info

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

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 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 24 Year Old 1979 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.8%

This was distilled at the Port Ellen distillery on the 16th November 1979. It was then aged for 24 years in sherry butt #6773 before bottling at cask-strength in October 2004. This is a release of…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1979 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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 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 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 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 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) (Old Edition)

70cl, 40%

Distilled in 1982 and aged for 22 years in refill sherry butts before bottling in 2004 by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery.  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) (Old Edition)

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 54.7%

A single cask Port Ellen! This was distilled on the 2nd March 1983 and matured for 26 years in a wine treated butt, which was cask number 232, before bottling on the 10th November 2009. A release of…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Cask 4447 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A stunning 26 year old from the Port Ellen distillery - one of the most legendary distilleries in the world. This was distilled in February 1982 and aged for 26 years in sherry butt number 4447…  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1982 Cask 4447 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

20cl, 50%

A 20cl Advance Sample from Douglas Laing. This was distilled at the Port Ellen distillery in November 1982 and aged for 25 years in sherry butt number 4673. It was bottled in September 2008.  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 Advance Sample - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 20cl

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled not long before the Port Ellen distillery closed for good. Bottled in August 2009 by Douglas Laing, there are 610 bottles of this, from refill butt number 5441.  More info

Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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