Port Ellen 40 Years Old XOP The Black Series Cask DL13800 49.6% 1979

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Distillery Port Ellen
Bottler Douglas Laing
Serie XOP The Black Series
Bottled for X
Distilled date 12.1979
Bottling date 01.2020
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 40
Cask Type Refill Sherry Butt
Cask Number DL13800
Alcohol percentage 49,6
Volume 0,70
Condition In Original Wooden Case
Label Perfect
Stock 1

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In the hallowed halls of Islay's Port Ellen distillery, a legacy spanning four decades gives birth to a masterpiece—Port Ellen 40 Years Old. Bottled in 2020 by the esteemed independent bottler Douglas Laing for the XOP The Black Series, this expression stands as a testament to time, patience, and the unrivaled craftsmanship of Islay's maritime malts.

XOP The Black Series:

As part of the Xtra Old Particular (XOP) The Black Series, this Port Ellen release represents the epitome of Douglas Laing's commitment to selecting and bottling exceptional whiskies. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, The Black Series is reserved for the most distinguished and rare expressions in their portfolio.

Cask Details:

Maturing for an impressive 40 years in a Refill Sherry Butt, this Port Ellen expression, under the designation Cask DL13800, has embraced the influences of the oak and the deep, rich character of the sherry. The Refill Sherry Butt imparts a nuanced sweetness and complexity to the whisky, allowing it to evolve into a symphony of flavors over the decades.

Strength and Bottling:

With a dignified alcohol content of 49.6%, the Port Ellen 40 Years Old presents itself with a refined elegance. The lower proof beckons enthusiasts to explore the subtle intricacies and nuances that come with extended maturation. This is not merely a whisky; it is a sensory experience that invites contemplation.

Number of Bottles: 299:

Limited to a mere 299 bottles, this Port Ellen release is a rare and coveted gem within The Black Series. The exclusivity adds an extra layer of allure, ensuring that each bottle is a unique piece of Scotch whisky history. Those fortunate enough to secure one possess a piece of Islay's heritage and the expertise of Douglas Laing.

Flavor Profile:

Upon opening a bottle of the Port Ellen 40 Years Old, anticipate an exquisite journey through time. The Refill Sherry Butt influence weaves a tapestry of flavors, combining the signature Islay peat with the luscious sweetness of sherry. Maritime notes dance with hints of oak, creating a symphony that lingers on the palate.


The Port Ellen 40 Years Old in XOP The Black Series by Douglas Laing is a crowning achievement in the world of Scotch whisky. As a representation of the XOP philosophy and The Black Series' dedication to excellence, it invites enthusiasts on a journey through the decades. For those fortunate enough to experience this expression, it is not just a drink; it is a celebration of Islay's heritage, the passage of time, and the unparalleled craftsmanship of Douglas Laing.

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