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Port Ellen: The Rising

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by Jon-jon Bauyon

 

The Port Ellen distillery is located in Port Ellen on the isle of Islay, Scotland.

Port Ellen was established as a malt mill in 1825, and then developed as a distillery under John Ramsay from 1833 to 1892. The warehouses he built still exist and are now listed buildings. The distillery was acquired by the Distillers Company Limited in 1925, was closed in 1930 and rebuilt in 1966/1967. It continued in production throughout the 1970s and was closed in 1983, although supplies of its single malt whisky are still available. The distillery houses a malting which continues to supply all Islay distilleries, as per an agreement signed in 1987. The dwindling stocks of Port Ellen whisky are now owned by Diageo; due to the closing of the distillery, its whisky is because of its quality a collectors item.

On 9th October 2017, Diageo announced that the Distillery will reopen in 2020, following a £35 million investment.

 

Port Ellen 11th Release

The eleventh of the incredibly popular Port Ellen annual releases.  Distilled in 1979 and bottled 32 years later in 2011, bottled at cask strength and limited to 2,988 bottles.

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Port Ellen 14th Release

Port Ellen 14th Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky was the 14th of the official annual releases by the Port Ellen Distillery. One of the most rare and collectible whiskies in the world, Port Ellen 14th has a deep gold and amber appearance, with an understated nose defined by faint smoke, honey, cured meats and root vegetables, as well as sweeter mint and citrus notes. The palate is smooth and oily, with rich honey and sea salt giving way to ginger, toast, orange peel and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish is long and warming, with complex wood, smoke and citrus notes all intermingling. 

Only 2,964 bottles of this single were ever produced and bottled at cask strength.   

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Port Ellen 15th Release

32 year old single malt Scotch whisky from an Islay distillery that was mothballed in 1983 and never reopened. The whisky comes from the final year of production. Matured in refill European oak butts it's a release of 2,964 individually numbered bottles. Highly sought after, there won't be too many more releases of this legendary malt.

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Port Ellen 16th Release

The 16th release of whisky from cult closed distillery Port Ellen. This is a big, spicy dram, balancing smoke and hot spice against the traditional leather, citrus and seaside character.

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Port Ellen along with Brora Distillery are set to reopen on 2020 according to the brand owner Diageo. Brora by refurbishing existing buildings, and Port Ellen in a new building on the Islay site.

Everyone is so excited to see the distillery rising again and will continue to produce quality whisky for the fans around the world.


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