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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 25 Year Old 1979 - 5th Release (2005 Special Release)

70cl, 57.4%

Rare single malt whisky from the sadly closed distillery of Port Ellen on Islay. This was part of Diageo's Special Releases in 2005 with 5,280 sought-after bottles produced. This bottle was part…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1979 - 5th Release (2005 Special Release)

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A old and rare bottling of precious and delicious Port Ellen single malt from 1999! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)

70cl, 56.1%

A rather flash release selected by Jumping Jack for Whisky Plus - a 1982 vintage Port Ellen! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Jumping Jack (Whisky Plus)

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 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 56.8%

An independently bottled Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 and bottled 2016 by German bottler Malts of Scotland. It was distilled in 1982, the year before the distillery was closed, and bottled in 2016.…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2016) (cask 16017) - Malts of Scotland
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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)

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.8%

An independent bottling of single malt from the closed and now legendary Port Ellen distillery on Islay. It was bottled in 2006, when the Old & Rare Platinum range was still part of the Douglas Laing…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

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 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 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 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)

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 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 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)

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 - 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)

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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