Port Ellen

Owners: UDV
Production Status: Mothballed
Established: 1820
Water Source: The Leorin Lochs
Location: South coast of Islay
ABV: 40%

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The Distillery
Port Ellen distillery was first established in the 1820s by A.K. Mackay. Soon after this Mackay was involved in bankruptcy proceedings and Port Ellen was taken over by John Ramsey (Liberal MP for Stirling and chairman of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce). John Ramsey was a leading whisky making figure of his day, and was the first to recognise the benefits to be gained from exporting whisky to America.

The Distillery Today
In 1925 the distillery was acquired by DCL and closed down. Following an extensive modernisation programme in 1967 it became licensed to Low Robertson & Co Ltd of Edinburgh. In 1983 the distillery ceased production permanently.

Tasting Notes
Due to its peat-smoke and iodine character, Port Ellen is unmistakably an Islay malt. It's gentler, spicy, mossy notes add interest and complexity.

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