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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 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.5%

Another knockout Douglas Laing bottling for the Xtra Old Particular range, this Port Ellen 34 Year Old was distilled in May of 1982, before it was charged from one refill hogshead cask and bottled…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982 (cask 11481) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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

50cl, 47.4%

An independently bottled single malt from Port Ellen, a sorely missed (though soon returning!) distillery on the Isle of Islay. After 33 years of maturation, That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottled up…  More info

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

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 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 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)
$1,567.15

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 23 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%

Distilled in 1982, this Port Ellen single malt was left in a single cask for the best part of a quarter of a decade. Douglas Laing bottled it up at 23 years old at cask strength, with the Island…  More info

Port Ellen 23 Year Old 1982 - Old & Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
$1,567.15

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 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 2040) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 55.1%

A bottling of very rare Port Ellen single malt, distilled in September 1982 and left to age in a single refill sherry butt for 35 years, before being bottled in July 2018. 567 bottles were produced…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 2040) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 57.4%

Port Ellen is arguably the most legendary of Scotland's closed whisky distilleries. Residing on the Isle of Islay, Port Ellen's stills sadly fell silent in 1983, but whisky enthusiasts continue to…  More info

Port Ellen 33 Year Old 1983 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

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 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 54.2%

A rather rare bottling of 27 year old, 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary (and sadly closed) Port Ellen distillery on Islay. This was released in 2006 as part of Diageo's 6th…  More info

Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1978 - 6th Release (2006 Special Release)
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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 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 12282) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.4%

Released in celebration of Douglas Laing's 70th anniversary, this sublime single malt from Port Ellen was distilled in November 1982 and matured for 35 years in a single refill butt until October…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1982 (cask 12282)  - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas 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 - 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 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 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 59.4%

The second bottling in Diageo's series of Port Ellens for their annual Special Releases. A rare and sought after whisky from a legendary distillery that stopped producing back in 1983. This bottle…  More info

Port Ellen 24 Year Old 1978 - 2nd Release (2002 Special Release)

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 52.5%

It’s a Port Ellen, it’s rare and everyone wants some but well… it’s easy to see why. Bottled from a mixture of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks at 52.5%abv and with an impressive thirty-two years of…  More info

Port Ellen 32 Year Old 1979 - 12th Release (2012 Special Release)
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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)

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

70cl, 50.4%

This is a fabulous old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing's stellar Old and Rare Platinum Selection. It was distilled in August 1977, some six years before the distillery shut its doors for good, and the…  More info

Port Ellen 35 Year Old 1977 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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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 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 55%

Ah, Port Ellen, how we love you. And by 'we' I don't just mean us at MoM towers, whisky fans around the world adore this legendary malt from an Islay distillery that shut down in 1983. Diageo's…  More info

Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1978 - 13th Release (2013 Special Release)

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)

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