Established on Islay’s south coast in 1825 by A K Mackay and Co. Closed in 1983, Port Ellen has acquired a reputation as some of the finest single malt to have been made on Islay.
Diageo has released an official bottling of Port Ellen every year since 2001, although it is presently unknown how many more of these bottlings will be forthcoming as stocks dwindle.
Prices for Port Ellen have increased steadily over the last decade as the reputation of the distillery grows.
Port Ellen is a versatile malt, beautifully rich and spicy with leathery, peppery characteristics, offering a high level of peatiness and phenomenal complexity which Islay fans adore. For these reasons Port Ellen has become one of the most sought-after of the lost distilleries.