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 1970 vintage Port Ellen from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice series. The distillery closed in 1983, has since gained a cult following and as a result, bottlings are much sought after.
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 very rare 1979 vintage release of Port Ellen whisky. This special bottling by Douglas Laing has been matured for 24 years and was approved by Alambic Classique, Germany. Bottled at cask strength in March 2004.
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 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 1982 vintage Port Ellen released in 2013 by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series. The distillery closed in 1983 and has a cult following, making bottlings extremely sought after.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.