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Port Ellen

Iconic Port Ellen Expressions

For the past seventeen years Diageo have released an official bottling of Port Ellen as part of their special release series. Now in its 17th edition, it is quite common to see these "Special Releases" at auction, with prices increasing dramatically on Whisky Auctioneer in recent years. 

Perhaps the rarest official release is the Port Ellen Feis Ile 2008. 220 bottles were released for the Islay festival in 2008 at a cost of only £99, which now achieves in the region of £4000 at auction.

Port Ellen Distillery

Port Ellen is the lost jewel of the Islay crown. Closure in 1983 has enabled this distillery to receive a near mythical amount of love and respect. As stocks get thinner on the ground, prices get higher and higher. Originally a malt mill built in 1825, it was later converted to a distillery in 1833. Production flowed until 1929 when it was closed until 1966. It then resumed production until its final closure in 1983.

Port Ellen 12 Year Old James Macarthur / 62.7%

Port Ellen 12 Year Old James Macarthur / 62.7%

This is one of the rarest and most sought-after bottlings of Port Ellen, one of a handful of (fairly ordinary, on the surface) Scotch whiskies to have gained a near-mythical status simply due to the quality of the liquid.

Bottled a few years after the distillery's closure in 1983, this

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Port Ellen 12 Year Old James Macarthur / 62.7%

Port Ellen 1981 Casks of Distinction 37 Year Old #1297

Port Ellen 1981 Casks of Distinction 37 Year Old #1297

Filled into single hogshead #1297 on the 15 April 1981, and then matured for over 37 years. 

One of the oldest bottles of Port Ellen ever released, this is an incredible 37 year old expression and one of only 174 produced.  A rare offering that becomes rarer still when you

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Port Ellen 1981 Casks of Distinction 37 Year Old #1297

Port Ellen 1978 24 Year Old 2nd Release

Port Ellen 1978 24 Year Old 2nd Release

The second of the incredibly popular Port Ellen annual releases.  Distilled in 1978 and bottled 24 years later in 2002, bottled at cask strength and limited to 12,000 bottles.

Port Ellen is the lost jewel of the Islay crown. Closure in 1983 has enabled this distillery to receive a near mythical

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Port Ellen 1978 24 Year Old 2nd Release
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