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.