A 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.
An unboxed litre bottle of the first ever release of Lagavulin's Distillers Edition, now considered to be a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add rich sweetness to the already richly bodied Islay classic.
A litre bottle of the first ever edition of Lagavulin bottled under the Distiller's Edition label, which has become a legendary bottling. Distilled in 1979, this was finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to add even more richness and sweetness.
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.
A 1979 vintage Japanese single malt whisky from Suntory's Yamazaki distillery. Launched in travel retail in 2008, this has been bottled at full strength at 29 years old after full-term maturation in a Japanese Mizunara oak cask (very unusual as these casks impart a very strong flavour and usually leak a lot).
The eleventh Port Ellen in Diageo's Special Releases series was distilled in 1979 and bottled at 32 years old. We reckon it's the best official PE in many years - sadly our allocation was completely pre-booked before the stock arrived.
A truly classic sherried Macallan, this 1979 is regarded as the best of the highly-sought-after Gran Reserva series released in the 1990s to showcase the extreme end of sherried whisky from the distillery. Scoring 91 points on Serge Valentin's whiskyfun.com, this is one of the landmark Macallan releases of the last twenty years.
The most sought after of the yearly Diageo Special Releases - the official bottling of whisky from long closed Port Ellen. This 12th release is a vatting of refill American and European oak matured whisky that was distilled in 1979. At 32 years old this was, at release, the joint oldest official bottling of Port Ellen.
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.