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 mid-1990s independent bottling of whisky from this much sought after closed distillery. It was distilled a few years before closure and matured for 16 years before release as part of Direct Wines's First Cask range.
A sherried Port Ellen from the early days of the Old Malt Cask series, this is one of a string of single cask PE's that really put Douglas Laing on the map as an independent bottler. The company had vast stocks of Port Ellen after buying it in bulk for their blends, and were able to capitalise on the success of the Rare Malts bottlings which had made the distillery hugely sought-after.
A 1979 vintage Port Ellen, chosen by Douglas Laing for their Old & Rare Platinum Selection, and bottled in early 2007 at natural cask strength, which in this case just happens to be exactly 57.1% aka 100 UK proof.
A rare bottle of 1982 Port Ellen, distilled in 1982 and bottled from a refill bourbon cask at 26 years old exclusively for the Islay Whisky Shop, a legendary institution on everybody's famous whisky paradise island.
A 1979 Port Ellen from Douglas Laing. This is an exclusive bottling for Potstill, a whisky shop in Vienna, and was put out under the Fine & Rare Platinum Selection label. 25 years old and with a solid cask strength of 57.1%.
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.
Bottled at 50% for a whisky retailer at some stage around the turn of the millennium, this rare Port Ellen was selected by Burn Stewart distillers and has no declared vintage but was bottled at 16 years of age.
In celebration of the 2011 Royal Wedding TWE has selected a single sherry cask of Port Ellen and bottled it on 29th April - the wedding day itself. The spirit was distilled in 1982, the birth year of both bride and groom, and the year before the distillery closed. It's a big, dark cask-strength dram with rich, dry sherrywood flavours.