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Port Ellen Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Leorin Lochs
United Distillers & Vintners
Mothballed 1983
Port Ellen distillery was built in 1825 by Alexander Mackay. It was bought by John Ramsey in 1836. Under John Ramsey Port Ellen was the first distillery to export whisky to America. It was acquired by the Port Ellen Distillery Company in 1920. It was then taken over by DCL in 1927 and then mothballed by them in 1929. The distillery reopened again in 1967 and the number of stills where doubled from 2 to 4.

In 1973 a malting was built next to the distillery. This malting still operates today and produces malt for most of the distilleries on Islay as well as the Isle of Jura distillery. The distillery was acquired by UDV and in 1983 it was mothballed as it was surplus to requirements as UDV already owned the Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries on Islay. The stillhouse was demolished in 2003 so it almost certain that the Port Ellen distillery will never produce malt whisky again.

There has been 9 official releases of Port Ellen malt since 2001 which have been very popular amongst malt whisky connoisseurs. If you have ever wanted to try Port Ellen malt whisky do not leave it too long as bottlings get rarer as time goes by. It may even prove to be a good investment as bottles have performed very well at auction, with an 1891 bottling selling 11,000.

Port Ellen Tasting Notes

Port Ellen 1978 25 Year Old
4th Official Release Bottled 2004.
Colour: Yellow gold.
Nose: Peat smoke, hint of citrus fruits and iodine.
Taste: Warms the palate at first due to its high alcohol level. Then a whole array of tastes, peat, smoke, malty, peppery, spices, malty, slight nuttiness.
Finish: A long finish with peat and spices. An excellent bottling.

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Port Ellen Bottlings

Port Ellen offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • 1979 25 Year Old 5th Official Release 5280 Bottles Bottled 2005.
  • 1978 25 Year Old 4th Official Release 5100 Bottles Bottled 2004.
  • 1979 24 Year Old 3rd Official Release 9000 Bottles Bottled 2003.
  • 1978 24 Year Old 2nd Official Release 12000 Bottles Bottled 2002.
  • 1979 22 Year Old 1st Official Release 6000 Bottles Bottled 2001.
  • 1981 18 Year Old From Connoisseurs Choice.
  • You will find a good selection of Port Ellen single malt whisky including many rare vintages and finishes in both original and independent bottlings available from top whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange.

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