- Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 Old Particular
Port Ellen 31 Year Old 1982 vintage Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask refill hogshead #9964 bottled August 2013 by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range.
Nose: Distinctly Islay initially with soft summer tar then softly smoked barley.
Palate: Subtle smoke trails through salty/sweet Malt-time? – sugar and soot vanilla.
Finish: Carries a cough drop style plus damp bonfire ashes & smoky vanilla.
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.