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 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 single cask of 23 year old Port Ellen from the 1983 vintage bottled at 49% by Douglas Laing offshoot Douglas of Drumlanrig for the Italian market. Douglas of Drumlanrig bottles are endorsed (and purportedly selected) by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, the UK's largest private landowner.
A 1982 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottler Mackillop's. Distilled on May 5 in the year before the distillery with a cult following closed, this was aged for 31 years before being bottled in March 2014.
An old bottling of 1982 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Platinum Selection. Distilled in the year before the distillery closed for good, this was aged in a single cask for 21 years before being bottled for potstill and the Whisky Club of Austria in 2004.
An old bottling of 1983 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottler Douglas Laing as part of the Platinum Selection. Distilled in March in the year the distillery closed for good, this was aged in a single cask for 26 years before 203 bottles were yielded in June 2009.
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 1978 vintage Port Ellen released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Bottled for The Whisky Fair in October 2005 at 27 years of age, only 198 bottles ever existed.
A 1979 vintage Port Ellen, bottled by independent bottlers Douglas Laing in July 2000 as part of their Old Malt Cask series. The distillery was one of many victims of the cull of 1983 and has gained a cult following, with bottlings being extremely sought after.