Whiskies from Port Ellen

Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1979

11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9%

1979
€ 2.603,31 (ex Vat) € 3.150,01 (in Vat) more info
BOW 88
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 19 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43% 1982

19 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43%

1982
€ 578,47 (ex Vat) € 699,95 (in Vat) more info
BOW 89
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 19 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance Cask DMG 2733 43% 1982

19 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance Cask DMG 2733 43%

1982
€ 599,95 (ex Vat) € 725,94 (in Vat) more info
BOW 89
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2030+2035 46% 1982

1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2030+2035 46%

1982
€ 661,17 (ex Vat) € 800,02 (in Vat) more info
Serge Valentin 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1st Release 22 years Old NO BOX 56.2% 1979

1st Release 22 years Old NO BOX 56.2%

1979
€ 2.099,99 (ex Vat) € 2.540,99 (in Vat) more info
BOW 90 Sale
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 23 Years Old Chieftain's Choice Cask 1512 47% 1982

23 Years Old Chieftain's Choice Cask 1512 47%

1982
€ 750,00 € 700,00 (ex Vat) € 847,00 (in Vat) more info
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Decanter Collection Edition 2 Cask 02/159/2 59.3% 1978

24 Years Old Signatory Vintage Decanter Collection Edition 2 Cask 02/159/2 59.3%

1978
€ 1.009,50 (ex Vat) € 1.221,50 (in Vat) more info
BOW 88
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 25 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance Casks DMG 4465 46% 1982

25 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance Casks DMG 4465 46%

1982
€ 619,83 (ex Vat) € 749,99 (in Vat) more info
BOW 89.5 Sale
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 26 Years Old Chieftain's Choice Cask 1515 57.6% 1982

26 Years Old Chieftain's Choice Cask 1515 57.6%

1982
€ 750,00 € 700,00 (ex Vat) € 847,00 (in Vat) more info
BOW 92 Sale
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 27 Years Old & Rare The Platinum Selection 54.8% 1978

27 Years Old & Rare The Platinum Selection 54.8%

1978
€ 1.360,00 € 1.325,00 (ex Vat) € 1.603,25 (in Vat) more info
BOW 91
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 27 Years Old & Rare The Platinum Selection 57.1% 1979

27 Years Old & Rare The Platinum Selection 57.1%

1979
€ 1.075,00 (ex Vat) € 1.300,75 (in Vat) more info
BOW 90
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 30 Years Old Malt Cask 60th Anniversary 55.6% 1979

30 Years Old Malt Cask 60th Anniversary 55.6%

1979
€ 1.286,00 (ex Vat) € 1.556,06 (in Vat) more info
BOW 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 40 Years Old XOP The Black Series Cask DL13800 49.6% 1979

40 Years Old XOP The Black Series Cask DL13800 49.6%

1979
€ 3.074,38 (ex Vat) € 3.720,00 (in Vat) more info
Words of Whisky 91
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 4th Annual Release 25 Years Old 56.2% 1978

4th Annual Release 25 Years Old 56.2%

1978
€ 2.479,34 (ex Vat) € 3.000,00 (in Vat) more info
Serge Valentin 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 7th Annual Release 28 Years Old 53.8% 1979

7th Annual Release 28 Years Old 53.8%

1979
€ 2.376,03 (ex Vat) € 2.875,00 (in Vat) more info
BOW 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 8th Annual Release 29 Years Old 55.3% 1978

8th Annual Release 29 Years Old 55.3%

1978
€ 2.045,45 (ex Vat) € 2.474,99 (in Vat) more info
BOW 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 8th Annual Release 29 Years Old 55.3% 1978

8th Annual Release 29 Years Old 55.3%

1978
€ 2.479,34 (ex Vat) € 3.000,00 (in Vat) more info
BOW 94
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 9th Release 30 Years Old 57.7% 1979

9th Release 30 Years Old 57.7%

1979
€ 2.190,08 (ex Vat) € 2.650,00 (in Vat) more info
BOW 94
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 9th Release 30 Years Old 57.7% 1979

9th Release 30 Years Old 57.7%

1979
€ 2.314,05 (ex Vat) € 2.800,00 (in Vat) more info
BOW 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - Rare Old Gordon & Macphail Cask RO/14/01 46% 1979

Rare Old Gordon & Macphail Cask RO/14/01 46%

1979
€ 1.395,00 (ex Vat) € 1.687,95 (in Vat) more info

Port Ellen

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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Port Ellen

Whiskies from from Port Ellen



BOW 91
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 10 Years Old Signatory Vintage Ceramic Jug 43% NV

10 Years Old Signatory Vintage Ceramic Jug 43%

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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 10th Release 31 Years Old 54.6% 1978

10th Release 31 Years Old 54.6%

1978
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 10th Release 54.6% 1978

10th Release 54.6%

1978
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 10th Release 54.6% 1978

10th Release 54.6%

1978
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 10th Release 54.6% 1978

10th Release 54.6%

1978
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 10th Release 54.6% 1978

10th Release 54.6%

1978
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1979

11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1979

11th Release 32 Years Old 53.9%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 11th Release 53.9% 1979

11th Release 53.9%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 11th Release 53.9% 1979

11th Release 53.9%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5% 1979

12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5% 1979

12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5% 1979

12th Release 32 Years Old 52.5%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 12th Release 52.5% 1979

12th Release 52.5%

1979
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Serge Valentin 95
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 12th Release 52.5% 1979

12th Release 52.5%

1979
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 13 Years Old Signatory Vintage Ceramic Jug 43% NV

13 Years Old Signatory Vintage Ceramic Jug 43%

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Serge Valentin 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 13th Release 34 Years Old 55% 1978

13th Release 34 Years Old 55%

1978
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Serge Valentin 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 13th Release 34 Years Old 55% 1978

13th Release 34 Years Old 55%

1978
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 14 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask:266 + 690 43% 1983

14 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask:266 + 690 43%

1983
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Gal Granov 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 14th Annual Release 56.5% 1978

14th Annual Release 56.5%

1978
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Gal Granov 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 14th Annual Release 56.5% 1978

14th Annual Release 56.5%

1978
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Gal Granov 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 14th Annual Release 56.5% 1978

14th Annual Release 56.5%

1978
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BOW 88
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 15 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask 2585 + 2586 43% 1982

15 Years Old Signatory Vintage Cask 2585 + 2586 43%

1982
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Serge Valentin 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 15th Annual Release 32 Years Old 53.9% 1983

15th Annual Release 32 Years Old 53.9%

1983
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 16 Years Old Cask:304 43% 1979

16 Years Old Cask:304 43%

1979
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Serge Valentin 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 16 Years Old Connoisseurs Choice 1970 40% 1970

16 Years Old Connoisseurs Choice 1970 40%

1970
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BOW 91
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 16 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Cask 5105-5110 64.4% 1980

16 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Cask 5105-5110 64.4%

1980
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Words of Whisky 93
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 16th Annual Release 37 Years Old 55.2% NV

16th Annual Release 37 Years Old 55.2%

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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 17 Years Old The Ultimate Cask:89/589/28 43% 1980

17 Years Old The Ultimate Cask:89/589/28 43%

1980
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BOW 93.5
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 17th Annual Release 37 Years Old 51% 1979

17th Annual Release 37 Years Old 51%

1979
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Serge Valentin 85
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 18 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50% 1981

18 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50%

1981
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 18 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50% 1982

18 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 50%

1982
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BOW 90
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 18 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43% 1981

18 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43%

1981
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BOW 90
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 18 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43% 1981

18 Years Old McGibbon's Provenance 43%

1981
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 18 Years Old Silent Stills With Minature Cask:274 56.3% 1979

18 Years Old Silent Stills With Minature Cask:274 56.3%

1979
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1971 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1971

1971 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40%

1971
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Serge Valentin 91
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1974 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1974

1974 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40%

1974
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1974 Spirit of Scotland 40% 1974

1974 Spirit of Scotland 40%

1974
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Serge Valentin 90
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1976 Signatory Vintage Collection Dumpy Cask 4795 55.1% 1976

1976 Signatory Vintage Collection Dumpy Cask 4795 55.1%

1976
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Serge Valentin 87
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1977 Scott's Selection 52.5% 1977

1977 Scott's Selection 52.5%

1977
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1980 Gordon & MacPhail Bottled 1997 40% 1980

1980 Gordon & MacPhail Bottled 1997 40%

1980
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1980 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1980

1980 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40%

1980
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1981 Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1981

1981 Connoisseurs Choice 40%

1981
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1981 Connoisseurs Choice No Box 40% 1981

1981 Connoisseurs Choice No Box 40%

1981
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Serge Valentin 86
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1981 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1981

1981 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40%

1981
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1981 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% 1981

1981 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40%

1981
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Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2030+2035 46% 1982

1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2030+2035 46%

1982
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Serge Valentin 92
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2469 46% 1982

1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2469 46%

1982
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BOW 89.5
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2850 56.1% 1982

1982 Berrys' Own Selection Cask 2850 56.1%

1982
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BOW 90
Port Ellen
Port Ellen - 1982 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 24 Years Old 40% 1982

1982 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 24 Years Old 40%

1982
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