- Port Ellen 26 Year Old 1983 Old Malt Cask #5441
From a single refill butt cask #5441. 26 year old distilled in the final year of distillation at Port Ellen distillery from the Old Malt Cask series.
Distilled March 1983 and bottled August 2009.
Fresh, clean and gristy sweet nose, eucalyptus and home baking. The palate is complex, creamy, vanilla'd with late gently peated smoke. Mellow, soft tar and ashes finish.
Port Ellen Distillery
Port Ellen Single Malt Whisky
Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst some of the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site. During the winter of 1823-24 James Fox tested his newly designed spirit safe at Port Ellen Distillery prior to its introduction in all Scottish licenced distilleries by 1825 in order to comply with enactment of the Excise Act of 1823. Thus Port Ellen Distillery was the first Scottish distillery to install a spirit safe and James Fox was paid £428 for his work. Official bottlings of Port Ellen single malt whisky include the Port Ellen Annual Release and independent release from Hunter Laing & Co. are highly prized.