"A Rare Find" - Port Ellen Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged Over 33 Years



Closed in 1983, Port Ellen has since become one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world. Increasingly rare, spirit produced at the distillery demonstrates some of the finest character found on the island of Islay.

Tasting notes

Nose: Dusty Oak, white chocolate, honey'd cereal and a good kick of rich smokey peat
Palate: Spicy Oak tempered with and green apple. Hints of old oak furniture

Finish: Soot, orange peel dusted with nutmeg; a lingering coastal breeze

Overall: Simply sublime



Region Islay
Distillery Port Ellen
Description A Rare Find
Year distilled 1983
Year bottled 2016
Age 33
ABV 57%
Cask strength? Yes
Single cask? Yes
Output from cask (bottles) 249
Packaging Wooden Case
Bottle size 70cl
Country of origin Scotland
Neck level Full


Port Ellen was opened in 1824, later than its neighbours on Islay’s south coast. It was built by Alexander Mackay, on the site of a malt mill which had possibly been supplying the many illicit distillers on the Oa Peninsula.

Port Ellen’s smokiness is quite different to the rest of its neighbours on Islay’s south coast, being both highly maritime in nature alongside a sharp lemon element, light tar and some oiliness in the texture.

In 1983 the distillery closed forever. Port Ellen’s fame only really came after the distillery doors had been firmly bolted. Stocks are dwindling… and prices are rising. 

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