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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 / Queen's Visit 1980

Port Ellen 12 Year Old / Queen's Visit 1980

We are honoured to present at auction one of the most iconic whiskies ever produced, and one of the most sought-after bottlings amongst collectors: the Port Ellen Queen's Visit. 

Thought to be the only official bottling of Port Ellen released while the distillery was active, it was produced


Port Ellen 1970 Intertrade 16 Year Old Magnum 1.5 Litre

Port Ellen 1970 Intertrade 16 Year Old Magnum 1.5 Litre

A 16 year old Port Ellen, distilled in December 1970 and bottled by Intertrade in November August 1987. This is one of many vintage Port Ellen bottled by Nadi Fiori with this label style.

Intertrade was established in Italy in the early 1980s by Nadi Fiori, a contemporary of


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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April 2019 Auction starts Friday 26th April. Deadline for entries is Monday 15th.

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