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 30 year old Port Ellen from Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range. Distilled in 1982, bottled in 2012 and released shortly after Diageo unveiled their own Port Ellen Special Release for the year. A few lucky people got to try this at The Whisky Show 2012 leading to some excellent reports.
A 1980 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottlers Silver Seal, bottled at 21 years of age in 2002. The distillery was sadly closed in 1983 and has gained a cult following since, with bottles being in high demand.
A 1983 vintage Port Ellen bottled by The Cooper's Choice in 1999 at 16 years of age. This bottle was intended for VaMa Distribuzione based in Bergamo in Italy. This was produced the very year the distillery closed, with bottlings now highly sought after.
This whisky was produced at Port Ellen Distillery in 1978, just a few years before the distillery closed. After 23 years of maturation, this whisky was bottled at cask strength by independent bottlers Signatory.
A 1978 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottlers Signatory.
Distilled in September, just a few years before the distillery closed, it was aged for 23 years before being bottled in July 2002 at cask strength.
A 1974 Port Ellen from legendary Italian independent bottler Sestante. A piece of double history, not only has the distillery now closed, but Sestante ceased to operate in 1990, not long after they bottled this gem. A dram to really reminisce over.
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 single cask 24 year old Port Ellen selected by Whisky Magazine editor Rob Allanson and contributing editor Dave Broom for Whisky Live New York and Tokyo. Distilled in November 1982 and bottled in December 2006 at cask strength.
A 30 year old Port Ellen from Douglas Laing bottled as part of their Platinum Selection series. Port Ellen closed a year after this whisky was distilled (1983) and has a cult following, making bottlings extremely sought after. Notes of toffee, spice and peat on this one.
A 1978 vintage Port Ellen, released by independent bottlers Signatory. Having been matured in cask number 5338 for 23 years, this was bottled just after the turn of the millennium, long after the distillery sadly closed.
A 1979 vintage whisky from the most cult of cult closed distilleries - Port Ellen. This has been bottled by Gordon & Macphail as part of their Rare Old series and we suspect it won't hang around for too long.