Port Ellen

Port Ellen Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 

The city of Port Ellen situated in Islay is definitely one of Scotland’s most famous whisky regions, especially since it’s the home base of the lost -but mostly legendary Port Ellen Distillery. Port Ellen was closed down and remained mothballed in 1983. Nevertheless, the Port Ellen whiskies are still one of the most desired and collected Scotch single malts internationally. The distillery has quickly established its name into releasing exclusive and rare series such as the much desired Port Ellen 9th Release and the Port Ellen 37 years old, 16th release.

 

The original Port Ellen Distillery's premises remained in its original state, leaving the distillery maltings as the only still operating section of the legendary distillery in use to supply the demand for malted and peated barley to the surrounding distilleries. Therefore, the Port Ellen Distillery is a still vivid -but yet silent piece of Scotland’s distillery history. But in October of 2017, Port Ellen has awaken out of its hibernation when the distillery’s owner Diageo made a huge announcement. Diageo issued their anticipated plans to invest a staggering £35 million upgrade to re-open both Port Ellen- and the Brora Distillery in the year 2020!

 

The Port Ellen Distillery was founded by Alexander Ker Mackay in 1824, who successfully converted his home-made malt mill to a whisky distillery. Alexander Mackay named the distillery after its home base, the city of Port Ellen. The Port Ellen Distillery started to operate shortly after its establishment under the supervision of the appointed distillery manager John Morrison, who unfortunately didn’t turn out to be very successful as a distillery manager. John Morrison could not achieve to have the Port Ellen Distillery run on full production capacity. This was very much acquired, since the demand for single malt whisky was increasing rapidly in that period of time.

 

A few years later, one of the distillery’s shareholders by the name of Ebenezer Ramsay, requested for his nephew John Ramsay to position as the new distillery manager, who was only eighteen years old at that time. John Ramsay was a very talented and hard working young business man who already had a lot of career perspectives and job offers lying ahead of him, but by the request of his uncle he accepted the challenge and traveled to Port Ellen in order to take charge as the new distillery’s manager. John Ramsay quickly realized the Port Ellen Distillery could become a very prosperous project. The following months, John followed a crash course in whisky distilling and was finally appointed as the new Port Ellen Distillery manager in 1833. John Morrison stayed involved in the operation acting as the Port Ellen’s operating sales agent in Glasgow, but sadly enough this didn’t go well neither and Morrison eventually became dismissed from the partnership.

 

John Ramsay, a talented and hard working as he was, managed to achieve to let the Port Ellen Distillery to become a huge success. Throughout the following years, the distillery’s production capacity increased eminently and a second warehouse was constructed in order to provide for the distillery’s expansion. The Port Ellen Distillery did very well under John Ramsay’s command, who established a good reputation as the renowned distillery manager.

 

But then, fate struck the when the Port Ellen Distillery’s lessor of the property, Major James Adair, passed away around the year 1840. The distillery was put up for sale to the highest bidder for the Port Ellen Distillery, which off course could have changed Port Ellen’s future for good. Fortunately enough, John Ramsay managed to purchase the Port Ellen Distillery despite some well-off rivaling competition, thanks to his well-maintained relations and outstanding reputation in the Port Ellen city council. John Ramsay was now entitled as the new legal owner of the Port Ellen Distillery, which would guarantee Port Ellen’s inheritance for almost a century.

 

John Ramsay’s passed away in 1892 and the distillery was inherited by his much younger wife Lucy, who passed away approximately a decade later. The Port Ellen Distillery was then passed over to their son Captain Iain Ramsay, but unfortunately he didn’t manage to maintain the legacy and sold the distillery in 1920 to James Buchanan & Co. and John Dewars, who established the Port Ellen Distillery Company Ltd. Five years later this partnership merged with Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.), that we know as Diageo today.

 

Like numerous other distilleries, Port Ellen was shut down during the economic crisis in the early 20th century, which left the Port Ellen Distillery mothballed for almost four decades. In the midst of the 20th century, the global demand for Scotch single malt whisky was continued, and therefore Diageo had the Port Ellen Distillery rebuild, refurbished and brought back to its full production in the year 1967. A few years later a drum malting was established adjacent to the distillery’s premises, whose production capacity was enough to supply for the surrounding distilleries need for malt. Once again Port Ellen was piggybacking to its former success, but a few years later the intentional single malt whisky market became saturated due to its overproduction. Diageo was no exception to this snowballing effect, and once again mothballed the Port Ellen Distillery in 1983 for the very last time.

 

Who would have thought that Diageo had some great plans for the future of the Port Ellen Distillery in 2020? The historical story of Port Ellen’s success might just continue its legacy once again....

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Whiskies from Port Ellen

DistilleryName Vintage l. SVA
Serge Valentin is one of the most prolific whisky aficionados and the premier source of whisky reviews. Serge uses the 100 point scale for his ratings.
GGR
Gal Granov is considered one of the most proactive of all independent whisky bloggers at this moment, a rising star in the whisky scene. Gal uses a 100 point scale for his ratings.
Other
BOW
We rate most of the whiskies ourselves and use the 100 point scale. If we do not have a rating, we publish ratings of other renowned whisky critics in this column.
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Number of bottles in stock
Price (incl. VAT)
Port Ellen • 10th Release 31 Years Old 54.6% 1978 0,70 95 95 1 € 2.272,73 € 2.750,00
Port Ellen • 13 Years Old Signatory Vintage Ceramic Jug 43% NV 0,70 1 € 826,45 € 1.000,00
Port Ellen • 14 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask:266 + 690 43% 1983 0,70 1 € 578,50 € 699,99
Port Ellen • 16th Annual Release 37 Years Old 55.2% NV 0,70 91 93 1 € 3.241,80 € 3.922,58
Port Ellen • 1st Annual Release 22 years Old 56.2% (Into Neck, Slighly damaged box) 1979 0,70 93 1 € 2.892,56 € 3.500,00
Port Ellen • 1st Release 22 years Old 56.2% 1979 0,70 93 93 1 € 2.458,68 € 2.975,00
Port Ellen • 1st Release 22 years Old 56.2% (high shoulder) 1979 0,70 93 1 € 2.479,34 € 3.000,00
Port Ellen • 1st Release 22 years Old NO BOX 56.2% (Into Neck) 1979 0,70 93 1 € 2.561,98 € 3.100,00
Port Ellen • 26 Years Old Malt Cask DL4808 50% 1982 0,70 89 90 1 € 578,51 € 700,00
Port Ellen • 27 Years Old Malt Cask DL 6708 50% (Top Shoulder) 1983 0,70 88.5 1 € 660,33 € 799,00
Port Ellen • 2nd Annual Release 59.35% 1978 0,70 90 90 91 1 € 1.611,53 € 1.949,95
Port Ellen • 32 Years Old Douglas Laing XOP Cask DL10568 53.9% 1982 0,70 90 2 € 1.350,00 € 1.633,50
Port Ellen • 35 Years Old Douglas Of Drumlanrig Cask 9830 50.4% 1977 0,70 1 € 1.652,89 € 2.000,00
Port Ellen • 37 Years Old Goren's Whisky Whisky Live Tel-Aviv 44.8% 1979 0,70 88 1 € 1.814,05 € 2.195,00
Port Ellen • 9th Release 30 Years Old 57,7% 1979 0,70 93 92 94 1 € 1.859,50 € 2.250,00
Port Ellen • Rogue Casks 40 years Old 50.9% 1979 0,70 91 90 92 1 € 5.950,40 € 7.199,98


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DistilleryName Vintage l. SVA
Serge Valentin is one of the most prolific whisky aficionados and the premier source of whisky reviews. Serge uses the 100 point scale for his ratings.
GGR
Gal Granov is considered one of the most proactive of all independent whisky bloggers at this moment, a rising star in the whisky scene. Gal uses a 100 point scale for his ratings.
Other
BOW
We rate most of the whiskies ourselves and use the 100 point scale. If we do not have a rating, we publish ratings of other renowned whisky critics in this column.
#
Number of bottles in stock
Price (incl. VAT)
Port Ellen • 15th Annual Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1983 0,70 92 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 22 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 60.50% 1978 0,70 93 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 10th Release 54.6% 1978 0,70 95 95 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 10th Release 54.6% 1978 0,70 95 95 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1979 0,70 95 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 11th Release 53.9% 1979 0,70 95 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 11th Release 53.9% 1979 0,70 95 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5% 1979 0,70 95 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 12th Release 52.5% 1979 0,70 95 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 12th Release 52.5% 1979 0,70 95 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 13th Release 34 Years Old 55% 1978 0,70 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 13th Release 34 Years Old 55% 1978 0,70 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 14th Annual Release 56.5% 1978 0,70 91 92 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 14th Annual Release 56.5% 1978 0,70 91 92 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 16 Years Old Cask:304 43% 1979 0,75 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 16 Years Old Connoisseurs Choice 1970 40% 1970 0,75 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 17 Years Old The Ultimate Cask:89/589/28 43% 1980 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 17th Annual Release 37 Years Old 51% 1979 0,70 93 93.5 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 18 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50% 1981 0,70 85 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 18 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 18 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43% 1981 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 18 Years Old Silent Stills With Minature Cask:274 56.3% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1971 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1971 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1974 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1974 0,70 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1974 Spirit of Scotland 40% 1974 0,75 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1976 Signatory Vintage Collection Dumpy Cask 4795 55.1% 1976 0,75 90 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1977 Scott's Selection 52.5% 1977 0,70 87 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1980 Gordon & MacPhail Bottled 1997 40% 1980 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1980 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1980 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1981 Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1981 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1981 Connoisseurs Choice No Box 40% 1981 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1981 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1981 0,70 86 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1981 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1981 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2030+2035 46% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 20 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 60.9% (Into Neck) 1978 0,70 91 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 20 Years Old Rare Malts Selection 60.9% 1978 0,70 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 21 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 21 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask:484 50% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 22 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask DL 2398 54.3% 1983 0,70 90.58 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 22 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask 5536 43% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 22 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask: 5147 43% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 23 Years Old Old Malt Cask:3110 50% 1983 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 23 Years Old Signatory Vintage Dumpy Cask 5338 56.5% 1978 0,70 91.5 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 23 Years Old Signatory Vintage Dumpy Cask:5340 56.7% (Box slightly damaged) 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 23 Years Old Signatory Vintage Dumpy Cask:5343 58.1% 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 23 Years Old Signatory Vintage Dumpy Cask:5343 58.1% 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 23 Years Old Signatory Vintage Dumpy Cask:5343 58.1% 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old A.D. Rattray Individual Cask Bottling Cask 2463 58.2% 1982 0,70 91 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Bladnoch Forum Cask 2461 60.4% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Douglas Of Drumlanrig Cask LD 3529 49% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Douglas Of Drumlanrig Cask:LD3529 49% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask 1768 43% 1975 0,35 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Cask:6773 56.8% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Decanter Collection Edition 2 Cask 02/159/2 59.3% 1978 0,70 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Decanter Collection Edition 2 Cask:02/159/2 59.3% 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Millennium Edition Cask:1769 43% 1975 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Straight from the Cask 03/332/1 58.8% 1979 0,5 89 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 25 Years Old Berrys' Own Selection Cask:2850 56.1% 1982 0,70 85 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 25 years old Dewar Rattray Cask 2466 60.4% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 25 Years Old Douglas Laing Cask:DL657 50% 1978 0,70 90 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 25 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask 2844 58% 1982 0,70 91.5 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 26 Years Old Duncan Taylor Cask:674 54.6% 1983 0,70 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 26 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection Cask:231 55.7% 1983 0,70 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 26 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask:232 54.7% 1983 0,70 90 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 27 Years Old Old & Rare The Platinum Selection 57.1 % 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 27 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask:517 59% 1983 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 27 Years Old The Nectar of the Daily Drams 53% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 2nd Annual Release 59.35% 1978 0,70 90 90 91 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 2nd Annual Release 59.35% 1978 0,70 90 90 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 2nd Annual Release 59.35% 1978 0,70 90 90 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 2nd Release 24 Years Old 59.35% 1978 0,70 90 90 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 2nd Release 59.35% 1978 0,70 90 90 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 32 Years Old Douglas Laing XOP Cask:DL10544 54.6% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 34 Years Rare Old Gordon & Macphail Cask RO/12/08 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 35 Years Old Douglas Laing Directors Cut Cas DL10355 51,1% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 35 Years Old Signatory 30th Anniversary Cask 2040 55.1% 1982 0,70 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 36 Years Old Douglas Laing XOP Cask:DL10914 56.6% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 3rd Annual Release 24 Years Old 57.3% (small damage on box) 1979 0,70 86 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 3rd Annual Release 24 Years Old 57.3% 1979 0,70 86 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 3rd Annual Release 24 Years Old 57.3% 1979 0,70 86 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 40 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection 54.7% 1979 0,70 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 40 Years Old XOP The Black Series Cask DL13800 49,6% 1979 0,70 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 4th Annual Release 25 Years Old 56.2% 1978 0,70 90 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 4th Annual Release 25 Years Old 56.2% (Thorn boxflap) 1978 0,70 90 91 93.5 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 4th Annual Release 25 Years Old 56.2% 1978 0,70 90 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 5th Annual Release 25 Years Old 57.4% 1979 0,20 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 5th Annual Release 25 Years Old 57.4% 1979 0,70 92 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 5th Annual Release 25 Years Old 57.4% (Box slightly damaged) 1979 0,70 92 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 5th Annual Release 25 Years Old 57.4% 1979 0,70 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 5th Annual Release 25 Years Old 57.4%, 1979 0,70 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 6th Annual Release 27 Years Old 54.2% 1978 0,70 92 89 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 6th Annual Release 27 Years Old 54.2% 1978 0,70 92 89 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 6th Annual Release 54.2% 1978 0,70 92 89 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 6th Annual Release 54.2% 1978 0,70 92 89 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 7th Annual Release 28 Years Old 53.8% 1979 0,70 92 91 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 7th Annual Release 28 Years Old 53.8% 1979 0,70 92 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 7th Annual Release 28 Years Old 53.8% 1979 0,70 92 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 7th Annual Release 53.8% 1979 0,70 92 91 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 8th Annual Release 29 Years 55.3% 1978 0,70 87 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 8th Annual Release 29 Years 55.3% 1978 0,70 87 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 8th Annual Release 29 Years Old 55.3% 1978 0,70 87 91 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 8th Annual Release 55.3% 1978 0,70 87 91 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 9th Release 30 Years Old 57,7% (NO BOX INCLUDED) 1979 0,70 93 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 9th Release 30 Years Old 57,7% 1979 0,70 93 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 9th Release 30 Years Old 57,7% 1979 0,70 93 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 9th Release 30 Years Old 57,7% 1979 0,70 93 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • 9th Release 30 Years Old 57,7% 1979 0,70 93 92 93 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Douglas Laing The Whisky Shop 10th Anniversary Bottling 57.9% 1978 0,70 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Pe1 Elements of Islay Speciality Drinks Ltd. 58.7% 2009 0,5 93 92 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Pe2 Elements of Islay Speciality Drinks Ltd. 59.5% 2009 0,5 87 89 90 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 19 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 1 Of 720 Bottles 50% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 22 Years Old Signatory ask 5539 Distilled: 28-8-1979 Bottled: 28-3-2002 43% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 23 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Distiled: 1978 Bottled 2001 Sherry Finish, 1 Of 764 Bottles 50%, 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 24 years old Provenance Distilled: 1983 Bottled 2008 46% 1983 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 24 Years Old Signatory Port Wood Finish Edition 1 Cask: 02/159/1 Distilled: 5.9.1978 botteld 16.9.2002 58% 1978 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 26 yo 1982/2009 (56.2%, Douglas Laing OMC for The Nectar, refill hogshead, 193 bottles) 1982 0,70 91 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen 30 years old Chieftains Cask 1518 Distilled: 05.1982 Bottled: 10.2012 1 Of 308 Bottles 50.1% 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Douglas & Drumlanrig 26 years old cask 5033 1983 0,75 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Gordon & Mac Phail bottles 2009 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Gordon & MacPhail Distilled 1979 bottled 1995 40% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Signatory 22 years old cask 5148 43% Distilled: 9.8.1979 bottled: 28.2.2002 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Signatory 23 Years Old Cask 1759 Distilled: 08.04.1975 Bottled: 25.03.1999 1 Of 338 Bottles 43% 1975 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Signatory 25 years 1982 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Port Ellen Signatory 26 years old cask Distilled : 05.05.1982 Bottled: 02.12.2008 cask: 1514 59.3% 1982 0,70 89 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Rare Old Gordon & Macphail Cask Lot Ref: RO/14/01 1 Of 610 Bottles 46% 1979 0,70 0 sold out
Port Ellen • Untold Stories 39 Years Old 50.9% 1978 0,70 92 0 sold out