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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 (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 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10355) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.1%

A Directors' Cut bottling from Douglas Laing of Port Ellen single malt. Yes, that Port Ellen, the one on Islay that was closed in the '80s and has remained closed ever since. Their stocks of superbly…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1979 (cask 10355) - Directors' Cut (Douglas Laing)

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 24 Year Old 1982 (cask 2461) (Bladnoch)

70cl, 60.4%

A rare release of Port Ellen single malt, distilled in October 1982 and matured in a single butt cask for 24 years. It was bottled for the Bladnoch forum in November 2006, producing 644 bottles. Very…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1982 (cask 2461) (Bladnoch)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.6%

An independently bottled single malt from one of the most famous closed Scottish distilleries - the Port Ellen distillery on the island of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982 and matured in a…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10544) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10568) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.9%

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on the Isle of Islay. It was distilled in October 1982, the year before the distillery was mothballed,…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1982 (cask 10568) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
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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 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 33 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.5%

It's the sixth batch of Port Ellen independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and the first to boast an age statement on its label - this right here is a 33 year old single malt from…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old - Batch 6 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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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 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 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 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 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)

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 1983 (bottled 2016) (cask 16055) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 57.1%

Indie bottlings of Port Ellen always cause lots of excitement among whisky enthusiasts, as the distillery has long been closed and sorely missed. This right here is a single cask bottling from the…  More info

Port Ellen 1983 (bottled 2016) (cask 16055) - Malts of Scotland

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 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 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 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 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 - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.7%

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Boom! Batch 4 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Port Ellen has landed! After closing its doors in 1983 Port Ellen has become perhaps the most legendary whisky…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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 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 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)

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