Port Ellen, 1981, 37 Year Old, Cask Of Distinction, 48.9%, NV

  Port Ellen

£6000.00 for 1x70cl
1 cs
Port Ellen, 1981, 37 Year Old, Cask Of Distinction, 48.9%

Presenting one of the oldest single cask bottlings direct from the distillery. This exceptional single malt Scotch whisky was filled into a hogshead cask over 37 years ago from the revered and highly coveted ghost distillery of Port Ellen from Islay. Quite simply put, when the doors finally closed at Port Ellen in 1983 and the stock was left to mature, no one knew how wonderful the whisky would turn out to be. Port Ellen was set to remain silent for all time, it is now to be reopened in 2021 bringing the world - and a new generation - the opportunity to enjoy this exceptional spirit.

This 37 year old single single cask bottling is not only one of the oldest bottlings, it is amongst some of the rarest liquid released, being one of only 174 bottles from this hogshead cask. This single cask #1297, bottled at 48 .9% ABV is part of the exclusive Cask of Distinction program. Casks of Distinction are selected from our treasured stocks in Scotland. Each is different, old and very rare: entirely unique and exceptional in taste. These casks are ‘a once in a generation whisky’, reflecting the quality of our liquids and the craft, passion and expertise of our whisky custodians. A Cask of Distinction is the pinnacle of a distillery’s output and the perfect expression of the distillery’s character, specially selected master blenders from the largest inventory of maturing Scotch Whisky in the industry. Sought out by collectors and connoisseurs alike the world over.

A classic Port Ellen with exemplary character and vigour. Full, gold, with beguiling aromas of beach seaweed, oily boat engines and sweet fruit. With a little water, the sweet aromas rise, joined by a soft waxy note.

The texture is smooth and light. The taste starts sweet; soon there area salty-spicy waves of pungent, maritime, deliciously smoky smoky heat. Water brings up the sweetness and spiciness and cools the heat, with hints of char and citrus. The finish is long, charred and smoky-sweet, fading to sweet-spicy oak and white pepper.

Contains Sulphites.

About Port Ellen

Port Ellen was established as a malt mill on Islay’s famous south coast in 1825. It developed into a major distillery under John Ramsay from 1833-92. Trading directly with North America, in 1848 Ramsay secured the right to export whisky in larger casks and to store it in bonded duty free warehouses prior to export. The system endures.

The warehouses he built also still exist, and are listed buildings today. In 1967 the distillery was rebuilt, producing through the 1970s and closing in 1983. The Port Ellen name is kept alive by the island’s maltings. Previous Special Releases of Port Ellen have regularly won Gold or Silver Medals at IWSC. A 29 year old was also voted Best Single Malt Scotch, winning Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2009. The equal oldest Port Ellen ever released, we think that this example perfectly illustrates the remarkable potential longevity of this now legendary single malt.

Appellation: Islay

Islay, the southernmost of the Scottish islands, is almost always recognised by its peaty expression. Islay is covered in peat bogs and in traditional times burning peat was the most effective way of heating and drying the barley used in whisky production. As peat burns it releases pungent peaty smoke which in turn infused the drying barley and influences style.

Among its famous active distilleries, Islay boasts one of the most legendary of ‘lost’ producers: Port Ellen which closed doors in 1983. Beyond the obvious lurks a surprising diversity of spirit, making the identity of Islay whisky a more elusive prospect than might first appear.

Islay is also one of the fastest growing whisky regions in Scotland with several new distilleries having come online in recent years.