Whisky:  The 39 Year Old Port Ellen

Whisky: The 39 Year Old Port Ellen

Wednesday 13th March 2019
by Tod Bradbury

This April, Port Ellen will unveil the oldest liquid to be release from their stock and made available to the public. Port Ellen: Untold Stories The Spirit Safe. 

A 39-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and the first exclusive release in a series of high aged whiskies from this revered distillery. The Port Ellen Untold Stories Series is an exploration into the innovative and trailblazing background of this iconic Islay distillery. Closed over thirty years ago in 1983, set to remain silent for all time, it is now to be reopened in 2021. While the world waits for it to start production again, only a finite amount of its original stock remains, having gained cult status with collectors and connoisseurs alike.

The 39-Year-old will represent one of the last chances to own a piece of Port Ellen history, before the distillery begins creating new legendary whiskies. The ultimate expression of Islay, the copper stills that made this unique tasting malt may be long gone, but the people of the Port Ellen distillery carefully kept these memories alive.  Distilled in 1978, this elegant and complex Single Malt Scotch Whisky, expertly married from a selection of ex US-Bourbon and ex European Sherry refill casks, is one of extraordinary character.

Whilst many know of the treasured liquid of Port Ellen, very few people know the Port Ellen story. Little is told of Port Ellen’s early experimental success, from a hotbed of innovation in the early years, to the innovative vision of John Ramsay, the distillery manager set on new horizons. The distillery was one of the first to prove the value of the whisky industry standard, the Spirit Safe. Having been essential in the early design and adaptation of one of the most important elements in a distillery, the Port Ellen Untold Stories The Spirit Safe 39-Year-Old is an homage to a distillery steeped in innovation.

Since 2001, the small batch releases of Port Ellen stocks in the renowned Special Releases Series have been highly sought after. With this, the oldest, most precious release from the distillery to date, is a once-in-a-lifetime addition to the finest of Whisky collections around the globe.

For more information about the Port Ellen please contact a member of our private client team here.