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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 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 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

To say bottlings of Port Ellen are sought after is just a bit of an understatement. While the distillery remains silent, and has done since 1983, releases like this rare Gordon & MacPahil…  More info

Port Ellen 1981 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2003) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A rather fabulous bottle of Port Ellen distilled in 1982, just one year before the distillery closed its doors. After a good long while, the single malt was bottled in 2003 by Gordon & MacPhail for…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 (bottled 2003) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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 - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.1%

It's here. Phone people. Write letters. Open up windows and shout at things. Let the things know that it's here. But what is it? Batch 5 of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling

70cl, 57.9%

24 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which sadly has been closed since 1983. This Islay whisky was distilled in March 1978, matured in a single Sherry butt…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 (bottled 2002) - The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling

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 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 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 23 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

An indie bottling of Port Ellen single malt from back in the days when Douglas Laing owned the Old Malt Cask bottling range. This one was aged from 1983 to 2006 in a single refill butt cask,…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1983 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)

70cl, 46%

Port Ellen alert! Port Ellen alert! That's right, we've got a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of single malt from the closed distillery on Islay, distilled in 1979, matured in refill Sherry butts and…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (Lot No. RO/12/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail) (bottled 2013)

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A complex, rich single malt, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Port Ellen has become a legendary distillery, known for its stunning peaty flavours. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Port Ellen 1982 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

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 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 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 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 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Do you happen to like exciting things? Well, here's a treat for you then - an independent bottling of Port Ellen single malt Scotch whisky. The Islay distillery sadly closed in the 1980s, but…  More info

Port Ellen 1979 (bottled 2014) (Lot No. RO/14/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Port Ellen 35 Years Old 1977 - Old & Rare Collection (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 49.3%

This single malt from the closed distillery of Port Ellen distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2012 for Douglas Laing's Old & Rare collection.  More info

Port Ellen 35 Years Old 1977 - Old & Rare Collection (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1980 (cask 89/589/48) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Single malt from a legendary closed Islay distillery here - it's a 16 year old Port Ellen! This rare whisky was distilled in 1980 and left to age in a single cask for 16 years, before being bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 16 Year Old 1980 (cask 89/589/48) -  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 25 Year Old 1982 (cask 2037) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 56.2%

An Islay single malt from Port Ellen distillery that was mothballed in 1983. The whisky was distilled in 1982, just a year before the closure, and bottled in 2007 at the ripe age of 25 years at a…  More info

Port Ellen 25 Year Old 1982 (cask 2037) (Bladnoch)

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A collectible bottling from Douglas Laing's Provenance range, featuring single malt whisky from the legendary Port Ellen distillery. This rare cask cask whisky was distilled in the spring of 1983 -…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1983 - Provenance (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 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)

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