Established on Islay's south coast in 1825 by A K Mackay and Co., Port Ellen is reputed to have been the first distillery to have incorporated Septimus Fox's spirit safe design into the distillation process. Its innovations did not stop there, however. After having been taken over by the shrewd and energetic John Ramsay in 1836, Port Ellen bec ... Read More »
A single cask 15 year old 1981 Port Ellen in the modestly-titled 'Cask Master' series by the equally-modestly-titled The Whisky Connoisseur independent bottlers. Bottled at its massive full strength of 62.6% in April 1996.
A 1970 vintage Port Ellen, bottled in the late 1980s at 17 years old by Gordon & Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice range. G&M had some fantastic casks of Port Ellen in the late 80s and we suspect this will be excellent.
An incredible 35 year old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing, released as part of their Old & Rare Platinum Selection. One of the oldest, if not the actual oldest, Port Ellens they've ever released, distilled in August 1977 and bottled in September 2012.
This annual release for Port Ellen from Diageo is another 1979. We sold our allocation of the sixth release in a matter of weeks, so please be quick if you want one of these. As with the Brora, we don't know how many more of these releases there will be.. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON!
A sister cask to Douglas Laing's other late 2012 Port Ellen, this has been aged for 35 years in a refill hogshead, before being released as part of the Old & Rare Platinum Selection. The spirit was distilled in August 1977 and bottled in November 2012.
The 6th release of Diageo's legendary year Special Release Port Ellens. Distilled in 1978 and bottled at 27 years of age this is an increasingly rare dram as investors and drinkers fight over the remaining bottles.
The eighth release sold out in a few days and the first edition now commands about a grand if you can find it, so this is a bargain. Classic PE kippers 'n' slippers character, with plenty of grunt from the high alcohol.
The second sensational OB Port Ellen 1978, bottled around the turn of the millennium as part of the Rare Malts series. This phenomenal dram was rated at 93 points by Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun, and its popularity and acclaim led to the revivial of interest in this classic closed distillery and thus to the birth of the annual Special Releases series.
A very rare 1980s bottling of 1970 Port Ellen bottled by Gordon & Macphail for the little seen but very well respected Intertrade indie bottler. Bottled at a very high strength for a malt of this age - this should be epic.
The first Port Ellen Annual Release goes for much more these days, but for many people (including at least one TWE staff member) the second release, bottled at 59.35% in 2002, remains at the top of the pile for official PE. A magnificent whisky.
A rare Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of young whisky from the most cult of closed distilleries - Port Ellen. Distilled in April 1981, shortly before they closed, and bottled in November 1991 at just 10 years old.
The first ever version of the now hugely popular Port Ellen Annual Releases. Distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength after 22 years of maturation. Port Ellen distillery closed in 1983 and is considered to be one of the most prestigous distilleries in history.