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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 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51%

Well, well, well. It wouldn't be Diageo Special Releases without a Port Ellen expression, and this one really is rather lovely. Diageo's done the sums, and this is the oldest Port Ellen ever released…  More info

Port Ellen 37 Year Old 1979 - 17th Release (Special Release 2017)
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$3,040.01
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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)
$1,752.70

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)
$1,551.06
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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)
$775.53

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)
$1,235.68

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)
$1,132.28

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)
$1,240.85

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)
$1,028.88

Port Ellen 39 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%

The first release in the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series is an astonishing bottling of 39 year old single malt produced by the legendary Islay-based distillery. Dubbed The Spirit Safe, this is one…  More info

Port Ellen 39 Year Old - Untold Stories Series
$4,653.19

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 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 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

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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 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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Port Ellen - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.2%

This whisky is from the long-since closed distillery of Port Ellen and despite a whole bunch of distilleries sadly closing in the early 1980s Port Ellen remains one of the most highly regarded.…  More info

Port Ellen - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 54.2%

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare Platinum…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)
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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 - 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 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 - 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 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 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 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 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 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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