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PORT ELLEN   over 19 years old 43 %              
THE MC GlBBON's PROVENANCE
SPRING DISTILLATION
Distilled Spring 1982
Bottled Spring 2001
No Colouring
Not Chill Filtered
Douglas McGibbon & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

PORT ELLEN  16 years old 43 %                  
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 11.11.77
Bottled 10.94

Cask no. 5559
425 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

PORT ELLEN   16 years old 43 %               
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 16.1.79
Bottled 10.95
Cask no. 304
380 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

PORT ELLEN   17 years old 43 %                 
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 6/8/80
Bottled 24/11/97
Cask bo. 89/589/28
The Ultimate Whisky Company N.L.

PORT ELLEN  20 years old 60.90 %     INFO           
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1978
Bottled October 1998
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Low Robertson & Co, Edinburgh.

PORT ELLEN   22 years old 60.50 %    INFO          
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1978
Bottled October 2000
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Low Robertson & Co, Edinburgh.

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1975   43%               
SIGNATORY 2000
SIGNATORY MILLENNIUM EDITION
24 years old 43 %
Distilled on 8th April 1975
Bottled on 30th September 1999
Cask No. 1764
355 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1976   58%              
Distilled 28.9.76
Bottled 13.1.2000
Cask No. 4762
258 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN  VINTAGE 1975   43%              
24 years old 43 %
Distilled 13.8.75
Bottled 13.5.99
Cask No. 1754
362 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   10 years old 43 %               
(1983 - 1993) Stenen kruik
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   22 years old 59,2 %             
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 30.11.74
Bottled 15.5.97
Cask No. 6754
260 bottles
Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN  10 years old 43 %     INFO            
SCOTTISH WILDLIFE
Otter (Lutra lutra)
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   18 years old 56,3 %              
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 16.1.79
Bottled 29.10.97
Cask No. 274
190 bottles
Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   11 years old 59,5%     INFO         
Date distilled Mar 83
Date bottled Sept 94
Society Cask No. code 43.9
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh


PORT ELLEN   10 years old 64 %            
CADENHEAD'S
AUTHENTIC COLLECTIOn
LAST  BOTTLE  &  EMPTY
150th Anniversary bottling
Distilled April 1981
Bottled March 1992
No Chill Filtration
No additives
No Colouring
Wm. Cadenhead, 32 Unionstreet, Campbeltown

PORT ELLEN   19 years old 40%                   
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1982
Bottled 2001
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

PORT ELLEN   1977   22 years old 52,5 %               
SCOTT's SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled in the year 1977
Bottled in the year 1999
Undiluted
Robert Scott & Co, Rutherglen

PORT ELLEN   22 years old 56,2%     INFO           
ANNUAL SPECIAL BOTTLING
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1979
Bottled 2001
Genummerde flessen
Limited Edition of only 6000 bottles
Port Ellen Maltings, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

PORT ELLEN   24 years old 58,8%                
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
STRAIGHT FROM THE CASK
BURGUNDY FINISH
Finished in a Burgundy Cask
Cask No. 03/332/1
Distilled on: 9th Aug 1979
Bottled by Hand on: 20th Jan 2004
425 Bottles
500 ml Bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   16 years old 40 %                 
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1974
Bottled 1991
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin

PORT ELLEN   15 years old 40 %               
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1977
Bottled 1992
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macpahail, Elgin

PORT ELLEN  19 years old 40 %                
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1980
Bottled 1999
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin

PORT ELLEN   18 years old 40 %                
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1981
Bottled 1999
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

PORT ELLEN   1979   19 years 61.1%           
CASK Strenght
Natural High Strenght
Distilled 11/12/79
Bottled July 1998
Cask No. 7238 - 7239
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

PORT ELLEN   25 years old 50%            
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled March 1976
Bottled April 2001
522 bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

PORT ELLEN   23 years old 50%               
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
A Single Cask Bottling
Distilled January 1978
Bottled September 2001
Finished in Sherry Wood, 6 months minimum
764 bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

PORT ELLEN   21 years old 50%              
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled January 1979
Bottled July 2000
336 Bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

PORT ELLEN   19 years old 50%             
THE OLD MALT CASK
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled December 1981
Bottled December 2000
Matured in Sherry Cask
474 Bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

PORT ELLEN   19 years old 50%               
THE OLD MALT CASK
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled February 1982
Bottled Septembet 2001
Matured in Sherry Cask
720 Bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

PORT ELLEN   24 years old 59,35 %    INFO         
SUPER PREMIUM
CASK STRENGHT
Distilled in 1978
Bottled in 2002
Natural Cask
Strenght Single Malt Whisky
2 nd RELEASE
Only 12000 bottles
Limited Edition
Numbered bottles
Matured and Bottled by the Distillers
Port Ellen Maltings, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

PORT ELLEN   24 years old 57,3%     INFO         
SUPER PREMIUM
CASK STRENGHT
Distilled in 1979
Bottled in 2003
Natural Cask
Strenght Single Malt Whisky
3rd RELEASE
Only 9000 bottles
Numbered bottles

PORT ELLEN      VINTAGE 1979                
22 years old 43 %
Distilled on 9th August 1979

Bottled on 18th February 2002
Cask No. 5143
348 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh.

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1979              
22 years old 43 %
Distilled on 9th August 1979
Bottled on 18th February 2002
Cask No. 5144
339 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1979             
22 years old 43 %
Distilled 9th August 1979
Bottled on 18th February 2002
Cask No. 5145
345 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1979                
22 years old 43 %
Distilled on 9th August 1979
Bottled on 18th February 2002
Cask No. 5146
312 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1979                 
22 years old 43 %
Distilled on 9th August 1979
Bottled on 28th February 2002
Cask No. 5147
361 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978              
23 years old 59 %
Cask Strenght
Distilled 5.9.78
Bottled 18.2.2002
Matured in a refill sherry butt
Butt No. 5268
564 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978               
23 years old 56,5 %
Cask Strenght
Distilled 7.9.78
Bottled 5.3.2002
Matured in an oak cask
Cask No. 5338
204 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978            
THE DECANTER COLLECTION
PORT WOOD FINISH EDITION 1
24 years old 58 %
Distilled 05.09.78
Bottled 16.09.02
Cask no. 02/159/1
804 numbered Decanters
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978          
THE DECANTER COLLECTION
PORT WOOD FINISH EDITION 2
24 years old 59,3 %
Distilled 05.09.78
Bottled 16.09.02
Cask no. 02/159/2
792 numbered Decanters
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978                
23 years old 57,6 %
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght
Distilled 7.9.78
Bottled 21.5.2002
Cask No. 5348
262 numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978               
23 years old 56,5 %
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght
Distilled 7.9.78
Cask No. 5338
Bottled 5.3.2002
204 numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978               
23 years old 56,6 %
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght
Distilled 7.9.78
Bottled 27.7.2002
Cask No. 5349
232 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1978              
23 years old 55,8 %
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght
Distilled 7.9.78
Bottled 26.7.2002
Cask No. 5350
247 numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1979              
24 years old 56,8 %
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght
Cask No. 6773
514 numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   VINTAGE 1977         
27 years old 56,7 %
CASK STRENGTH COLLECTION
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask No. 2702
159 numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN    25 years old 56.2 %   INFO        
SUPER PREMIUM
CASK STRENGHT
Distilled in 1978
Bottled in 2004
Natural Cask
Strenght Single Malt Whisky
4 th RELEASE
Only 5100 Bottles
Limited Edition
Numbered bottles
Matured and Bottled by the Distillers
Port Ellen Maltings, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

PORT ELLEN  30 years old 58,5 %             
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
CASK STRENGHT COLLECTION
Islay Single Malt  Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 30/11/1974
Bottled on: 31/08/2005
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask No; 6756
266  Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN  30 years old 56,9 %             
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
CASK STRENGHT COLLECTION
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 14/01-1975
Bottled on 31/08/2005
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask No; 159
206 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

PORT ELLEN   25 years old 57,4 %             
SUPER PREMIUM
SPECIAL RELEASES 2005
Islay Single Malt  Scotch Whisky
Annual Release
5th Release
Natural Cask Strenght Single Malt Whisky
Distilled in 1979
Bottled in 2005
From American Oak Refill Casks
Limited Edition
5280 Numbered Bottles
Port Ellen Maltings, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

PORT ELLEN   27 years old 54,2 %      INFO        
CLASSIC MALTS SELECTION
SPECIAL RELEASES 2006
Natural Cask Strenght Single Malt Whisky
6 TH RELEASE
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled in 1978
Bottled in 2006
From American Oak and
European Oak refill Casks
Only 4560 numbered
bottles worldwide
249 bottles available
for the Netherlands
Port Ellen Maltings, Port Ellen,
Isle of Islay

PORT  ELLEN     Aged 25 Years  57,5 %                        
OLD  &  RARE
Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
"A  PLATINUM  SELECTION "
Distilled : April 1982
D L cask ref. 3478
A June Bottling 2007
Bottled at Natural Cask Strenght
Traditionally Un - Chill Filtered
Offered with Pride
Limited Edition
Numbered Bottles
512 Bottles
Selected and Bottled for Potstill -
Austria's finest Whisky Store
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow
                                                    
PORT  ELLEN   29 years old  55,3 %     INFO                              
CLASSIC  MALTS  SELECTION
SPECIAL  RELEASES  2 0 0 8
EIGHT  8  RELEASE
Natural Cask Strenght Single Malt Whisky
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled in 1978
Bottled in 2008
Limited Edition
ANNUAL  RELEASE
Numbered bottles
One of only 6618 Bottles
Port Ellen maltings, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

PORT  ELLEN  1 9 9 2  Over  25 years old 40 %   INFO
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillation Date: September 1982
Cask Rype: Refill Sherry Butts
Bottling Date: November 2007
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Specially selected, produced and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

PORT  ELLEN       1 9 9 2         INFO                 
Over  25 years old 40 %
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillation Date: September 1982
Cask Rype: Refill Sherry Butts
Bottling Date: November 2007
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Specially selected, produced and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

PORT  ELLEN                29 years old  55,3 %    INFO                               
CLASSIC  MALTS  SELECTION
SPECIAL  RELEASES  2 0 0 8
EIGHT  8  RELEASE
Natural Cask Strenght Single Malt Whisky
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled in 1978
Bottled in 2008
Limited Edition
ANNUAL  RELEASE
Numbered bottles
One of only 6618 Bottles
Port Ellen maltings, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

PORT  ELLEN            SIGNATORY  VINTAGE   1 9 8 3              
Aged  26  years  54.7 %
CASK  STRENGHT  COLLECTION
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled on: 02/03/1983
Matured in a Wine Treatened Butt
Cask No: 232
Bottled on: 10/11/2009
587 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Casks individually selected and bottled by
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Pitlochry

PORT  ELLEN Aged  27 years    49.4 %
RAREST  OF  THE  RARE
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
A Historic Collection of Cask Strenght
Single Cask Whiskies from Distilleries
which no longer exist
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
D T C
Est. 1938
Distilled at Port Ellen Distillery
Distilled: 03.1983
Cask no: 672
Bottled: 05.2010
278 Numbered Bottles
No Chill Filtering or Colouring of any kind
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

PORT  ELLEN  27 years old  43 %  INFO
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillation Date: September 1982
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Casks
Bottling Date: September 2009
Proprietors: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd
Specially selcted, produced and bottled
By Gordon & Macphail, Elgin.


Islay
The Kildalton Distilleries
PORT ELLEN (1825 - 1983)

Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll. Licentiehouder: Low Robertson & Co, Ltd. Onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.) De malt divisie van United Malt & Grain Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
In 1825 begon Alexander Kerr Mackay op deze plaats een mouterij die een paar jaar later werd omgebouwd tot een distilleerderij.
Mackay was huurder van de distilleerderij, de huurder van de gebouwen was Major James Adair te Dumfries en Glasgow, die op zijn beurt de gebouwen onderverhuurde aan John Morrison en zijn compagnons George MacLennon en Patrick Thomson.
Alexander Kerr stierf in 1833.
Onder zijn opvolger John Morrison gingen de zaken minder goed en Ebenezer Ramsay, gevolmachtigde van de belastingen, stuurde zijn zoon Eben naar zijn familielid Morrison om uit te zoeken wat er mis was.
Eben Ramsay liet niets van zich horen en toen stuurde Ebenezer Ramsay zijn jongste zoon John Ramsay naar Port Ellen.
John Ramsay wist Ebenezer Ramsay te overtuigen, dat de distilleerderij onder goede leiding een kans had.
Morrison werd overgeplaatst naar het kantoor in Glasgow om de verkopen te behartiggen, en John Ramsay tijdelijk bijgestaan door zijn broer Thomas behartigde de zaken te Port Ellen.
John Morrison voldeed ook niet te Glasgow en Thomas werd deelgenoot in de onderneming. In 1839 werd een tweede, belastingvrij lagerpakhuis in gebruik genomen.
Nadat Adair, de huurder van de gebouwen, in 1840 was gestorven, werd de verhuur geveild, hoogste bieder was Alexander Craig te Glasgow.
Maar landeigenaar Walter Frederick Campbell had recht van veto, en besliste in het voordeel van Ramsay, en gunde hem het recht van huur.
Ramsay huurde daarna nog twee boerderijen naast Port Ellen: Cornabus en Kilnaughton.
In 1842 stond op zijn inventarislijst, dat hij 33.590 liter whisky, met een waarde van E 1,479 16s in voorraad had, de totale waarde van zijn voorraad was E 4,193 19s 8d.
Port Ellen exporteerde toen al rechtstreeks naar de Verenigde Staten.
Omstreeks 1848 kwam zijn zuster Margaret bij hem op de Cornabus boerderij en trouwde met James Stein, die samen met zijn broer Ardenistiel had geleid.
James Stein werd manager van Port Ellen en rentmeester en Ramsay was zelf meer in Glasgow waar hij zich bezighield met de import van sherry, port en madeira.
Te Port Ellen werd ook de 'Spirit Safe' verfijnd, uitgevonden door Septimes Fox en geac-cepteerd door de dienst van accijnzen, na de 'Act of 1823'.
Ramsay groeide uit tot de belangrijkste landbouwdeskundige op Islay, en publiceerde over dit onderwerp regelmatig in de Glasgow Herald.
Landeigenaar Walter Frederick Campbell ging bankroet in 1854 en een Engelse koopman James Morrison werd eigenaar en hij verkocht in 1855 Kildalton aan Ramsay voor € 70,765.

Ramsay was landheer geworden van zijn collega's de Johnston's van Laphroaig, de Graham's van Lagavulin en de MacDougalls van Ardbeg.
Ramsay begon ook een stoomvaartdienst van Islay naar Glasgow, liet nieuwe wegen aanleggen te Kildalton en toen met de groei van de bevolking er niet genoeg voedsel was, liet hij de meest doortastenden, op zijn kosten naar Canada emigreren. Deze mensen bezocht hij daar ook een keer om naar hun welzijn te vragen.
In Glasgow gingen de zaken ook goed, John Morrison was opgevolgd door James Richardson, die op zijn beurt werd opgevolgd door W.P. Lowrie.
Lowrie begon in 1869 voor zich zelf, en werd een belangrijk man in de Schotse whiskyindustrie, en vooral bekend door de hulp die hij James Buchanan bood toen die zijn eigen blend uitbracht en weer later, na de krach van de Pattison in 1898, toen hij zelf in moeilijkheden kwam, werd overgenomen door Buchanan.
In 1892 verleende John Ramsay een huurovereenkomst aan zijn tweede vrouw Lucy, voor grond gelegen aan de zeezijde van Port Ellen, waar zij vier huizen liet bouwen.
John Ramsay stierf op 24 Januari 1892 en de dagelijkse leiding ging over in de handen van Lucy Ramsay.
In September werd een speciale vergadering belegd om te onderzoeken 'payments to Mrs Ramsay for spirits at Port Ellen, sold during John Ramsay's lifetime but not delivered'. De stand eind Juni 1892 was 727,700 liter.
De taxateurs waren A.W. Robertson van Robertson & Baxter te Glasgow, whisky makelaars, en W.P. Lowrie, blender.
Tezelfdertijd werd besloten dat John Ramsay's achterneef de onderneming zou verlaten niet later dan 30 September met een betaling van E 16 13s 4d.
Lucy Ramsay nam een zekere Osborne aan als manager van de distilleerderij tot aan haar overlijden in 1905.
Haar zoon Iain Ramsay, nam Port Ellen over, maar omdat zijn zuster Lucy, haar deel in baar geld wilde hebben, raakte Iain in moeilijkheden.
In deze periode was Malcolm Maclntyre van Train & Maclntyre Ltd als leerling distillateur bij hem werkzaam, en hij vroeg hem zijn compagnon te worden.
Beiden moesten meevechten in de eerste wereldoorlog en alleen Ramsay keerde terug, als invalide en volkomen in de war als gevolg van een ondergegane Zeppelin aanval aan het front.
De markt voor whisky was slecht na de oorlog en in Amerika was er de drooglegging, van oudsher een heel belangrijke markt voor Port Ellen.
Ramsay werd gedwongen een deel van zijn aandelen en grondbezit te verkopen.
W.P. Lowrie was in 1906 overgenomen door Buchanan en samen met John Dewar & Sons Ltd werden de aandelen van Port Ellen door hun overgenomen in 1920.
De naam werd Port Ellen Distillery Co, Ltd.
Na de fusie tussen Buchanan - Dewar in 1925 met de Distillers Company Ltd (D.C.L). ende onderneming werd geluiquideerd in 1927 als gevolg van de depressie die er toen heerste.
De aandelen werden toen overgenomen door John Dewar & Son Ltd en W.P. Lowrie & Co Ltd, tot in 1930 Port Ellen onderdeel werd van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, de malt divisie van de D.C.L.

Port Ellen werd in 1930 gesloten.
De voorraden waren enorm te Port Ellen, de distilleerderij bleef 37 jaar dicht, en kon al die tijd whisky leveren.
In 1967 werd Port Ellen weer opgestart.
In April 1967 was Port Ellen kompleet nieuw gebouwd en toen een heel efficient bedrijf.
In 1973 werd de nieuwe grote mouterij gebouwd bij Port Ellen die alle distilleerderijen van Scottish Malt Distillers, Lagavulin, Port Ellen en Caol Ila van mout gingen voorzien.
Port Ellen werd gesloten, tesamen met elf andere distilleerderijen in Mei 1983. Het effekt op Islay was enorm. Het water kwam van Leorin Loch.
De Mash tun is 5,68 ton.
De acht Wash backs hebben een inhoud van elk 30.000 liter.
De twee Wash stills zijn elk 28.000 liter, de twee Spirit stills elk 25.000 liter.
De produktie capaciteit was 750.000 liter spirit per jaar.

Guinness nam Arthur Bell & Sons Limited in 1986 tegen hun zin over en in 1987, eveneens tegen hun zin, The Distillers Company Ltd (D.C.L). In 1988 werden beide groepen van bedrijven samengevoegd, en de nieuwe naam werd United Distillers Ltd.
Op 12 Mei 1997 staakte de Fransman Bernard Arnault van L M V H zijn verzet tegen de fusie van Guinness en Grand Metropolitan (GrandMet) voor een afkoopsom van ƒ 800.000.000.
De nieuwe naam van de gefuseerden zou eerst G M G Brands worden maar op 22 October werd bekend dat de naam Diageo zou worden, afgeleid van het Latijnse woord voor dag en het Griekse woord voor wereld.
Diageo wordt het grootste drankenconcern ter wereld, groter dan Seagram en Allied Domecq samen en met een omzet van 40 miljard gulden.
Op 28 Maart 1998 verkoopt Diageo het whiskymerk Dewar's en het ginmerk Bombay voor E 1,15 miljard aan Bacardi Martini. Het afstoten van de twee merken was een voorwaarde die door de Amerikaanse mededingingsautoriteiten was gesteld aan de goedkeuring van de fusie tussen Guinness en Grand Metropolitan.
Dewar's heeft een omzet van ruim één miljard gulden en een marktaandeel van 10 %. Het merk is marktleider in de V.S.
Diageo is de overkoepelende naam voor vier ondernemingen: United Distillers & Vintners, (U.D.V.), Pilsbury, Guinness en Burger King.
Onderdeel van de verkoop houdt ook in de overname van de distilleerderijen Aberfeldy, Ault-more, Craigellachie en Royal Brackla door Bacardi Martini.
Balmenach wordt in December 1997 verkocht aan Inver House.

October 2005

Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last.

The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.
Dr. Nicholas Morgan, global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity'.
In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Re-leases series.


THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd
Douglas House 18, Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow G 3 6 E Q.
In 1949 Fred Douglas Laing established Douglas Laing & Co primarily as a blender and bottler for his Scotch Whisky blends The King of Scots and House of Peers, which are available today internationally.
Large stocks and reserves of aging Malts in particular, were laid down by Mr. Laing, many being guarded for 25 - 30 years specifically for the older blends such as the 25 and 30 Year Old KING OF SCOTS.
With more than 50 different Malts in stock, over the last 50 years from filling programme, it was obvious that the Malt Master would have certain favourites. These have variously been chalked off the times of regular quality control, as being of particular qualitative interest; both commercially, and for the pleasure of the Directors. It has been their particular perk, benefit and privelege to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples indicative of the Distillers's art.
It was judged by the two current owners/directors (sons of the founder, so nepotism is not dead!) that some of these stocks were 'too good to blend'. And so the OLD MALT CASK selection was developed in 1999 to extend those perks and benefits beyond the Director's tasting suite!
Initially it was felt that 50 different Malts commemorating the Company's 50th Anniversary would be approciate. That tally has now been exeeded but our preferred strenght of 50 % alc/vol is maintained. We believe this strenght creates a fine, round, full quality for various Malts when taken 'neat'. It also allows the regular consumer to know precisely how much or little water should be added to this artisan and craftman's distillate.
These selected Malt Whiskies have waited many years to reach their classic heights of qua-lity. Not only with your health in mind, but with a view to greater enjoyment, may we suggest that in the style of the founder, whose signature endorses your Malt, you enjoy its glass leisurely and slowly.
Douglas Laing.

Port Ellen gaf werk aan 33 mensen, die een turfachtige malt produceerden van 35 ppm.
Dat Port Ellen werd gesloten, lag aan de blenders, die een voorkeur hadden aan de whisky van Lagavulin en Caol Ila. Port Ellen rijpte langzaam. Het water kwam van Leorin Loch en liep via een pijpleiding naar de distilleerderij.
Men gebruikte voor 20 procent sherry vaten, de overige vaten waren ex-Bourbon hogsheads en barrels. De capaciteit was ongeveer 1.700.000 liter pure alcohol per jaar.



History:

1825          Founded by Alexander Kerr Mackay & Co, assisted by Walter Campbell,
                 Laird of Islay
                 A.K. Mackay runs into financial troubles after a few months
1826          Alexander Mackay takes over
1827          Hugh Mackay takes over
1829          Thomas Mackay takes over
1831          John Morrison & Co takes over, with Patrick Thomson and George MacLennan

1836 - 1920
                 John Ramsay is granted a lease on the distillery by Walter Campbell, Laird of
                 Islay

1892          John Ramsay dies, and his widow Lucy takes over

1906          Lucy Ramsay dies, and her son Captain Iain Ramsay takes over

1920         Captain Iain Ramsay sells Port Ellen to John Dewar & Sons Ltd, and  James
          Buchanan & Co, Ltd, the administration is transferred to Port Ellen Distillery
          Co, Ltd.
             
1925         Buchanan - Dewar joins Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.)                                                                                  

1929         No production at Port Ellen

1930         Port Ellen is mothballed
                Port Ellen's administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.)

1967         After reconstruction and doubling of the number of stills from two to four Port
                Ellen reopens

1973         A large drum maltings is installed

1980         Queen Elisabeth visits the distillery and a commemorative spcial bottling is made

1983         Port Ellen is mothballed

1987         Port Ellen closes permanently, but the maltings continue to deliver malt to all
                Islay distilleries


PORT  ELLEN  DISTILLERY

Water: Leorin Loch
Mash tun: 1 x 568 tonnes
Washbacks: 8 x 30.000 litres
2 wash stills x 28000 litres
2 spirit stills x 25000 litres
Output: 750.000 litres


PORT  ELLEN  DISTILLERY

Proces- and cooling water came from Leorin Lochs. Peat was first cut at Macrie, Old Lagavulin and Lagan Moss. After 1986 peat cam from Duich moss and Castle hill.

The mash tun was a cast - iron one backs with copper top and the capacity was 5 tonnes.
There were 8 Oregon pine Wash.

The mill was a Porteus

Port Ellen had 4 onion shaped stills, indirect heated. Each Wash still had a capacity of 28.700
litres, each Spirit still had a capacity of 27.500 litres.

Cooling was via worms submerged in tubs and the output was a 2.500.000 litres of spirit a year.

Port Ellen 13 dunnage warehouses with a capacity for 10.000 casks

PORT ELLEN DISTILLERY


ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Port Ellen’s smokiness is quite different to the rest of its neighbours on Islay’s south coast, being both highly maritime in nature alongside a sharp lemon element, light tar and some oiliness in the texture. Because most of the bottlings have been matured in refill casks it is rare to find a Port Ellen with a huge amount of oak. While this accentuates the smokiness it also lends it a somewhat austere nature.

As the world’s love of smoky whiskies has increased so its stock has risen – not necessarily because of it having any greater qualities than its neighbours but simply because it is rare. It is fast becoming a whisky only investors can afford to buy.


PORT ELLEN HISTORY

Port Ellen was opened in 1824, later than its neighbours on Islay’s south coast. It was built by Alexander Mackay, on the site of a malt mill which had possibly been supplying the many illicit distillers on the Oa Peninsula. Mackay struggled and in 1836 the lease of the distillery was taken by the 21-year-old John Ramsay whose uncle Ebenezer was a distiller based in Clackmannanshire and related to the Steins.

Ramsay was a man of his time. As well as establishing the distillery, he became the business partner of Walter Frederick Campbell who owned Islay. Between them they started the bi-weekly steamer between the island and Glasgow which undoubtedly helped cement whisky-making as a major industry on the island. It also made Port Ellen, rather than Bowmore, the island’s main ferry terminal.

He also introduced ‘improved’ agricultural practises to Islay. One reason for the island not suffering from the worst of the Clearances is down to the open and benign attitude of its then laird to his tenants. In 1869, the sales of Port Ellen were handed to W.P. Lowrie, the blender and broker who among many other things loaned James Buchanan money (and supplied stock) for the young tyro blender. By this time Campbell’s Port Ellen had already started to be exported to the United States.

The distillery remained in the Ramsay family’s hands until 1920 when it was sold to the newly formed Port Ellen Distillery Co.. which had been formed by John Dewar and James Buchanan, who had by then bought Lowrie’s business. When these two firms became part of DCL in 1925, so ownership of Port Ellen passed into the hands of the industry giant. It closed in 1930 and remained silent – something which is often forgotten – until 1967.

In 1973, the old distillery buildings were dwarfed by the new drum maltings which were erected alongside, initially to supply malt for DCL’s three Islay plants, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, and Port Ellen.



Port Ellen’s smokiness is quite different to the rest of its neighbours on Islay’s south coast, being both highly maritime in nature alongside a sharp lemon element, light tar and some oiliness in the texture. Because most of the bottlings have been matured in refill casks it is rare to find a Port Ellen with a huge amount of oak. While this accentuates the smokiness it also lends it a somewhat austere nature.

As the world’s love of smoky whiskies has increased so its stock has risen – not necessarily because of it having any greater qualities than its neighbours but simply because it is rare. It is fast becoming a whisky only investors can afford to buy.


Port Ellen was opened in 1824, later than its neighbours on Islay’s south coast. It was built by Alexander Mackay, on the site of a malt mill which had possibly been supplying the many illicit distillers on the Oa Peninsula. Mackay struggled and in 1836 the lease of the distillery was taken by the 21-year-old John Ramsay whose uncle Ebenezer was a distiller based in Clackmannanshire and related to the Steins.

Ramsay was a man of his time. As well as establishing the distillery, he became the business partner of Walter Frederick Campbell who owned Islay. Between them they started the bi-weekly steamer between the island and Glasgow which undoubtedly helped cement whisky-making as a major industry on the island. It also made Port Ellen, rather than Bowmore, the island’s main ferry terminal.

He also introduced ‘improved’ agricultural practises to Islay. One reason for the island not suffering from the worst of the Clearances is down to the open and benign attitude of its then laird to his tenants. In 1869, the sales of Port Ellen were handed to W.P. Lowrie, the blender and broker who among many other things loaned James Buchanan money (and supplied stock) for the young tyro blender. By this time Campbell’s Port Ellen had already started to be exported to the United States.

The distillery remained in the Ramsay family’s hands until 1920 when it was sold to the newly formed Port Ellen Distillery Co.. which had been formed by John Dewar and James Buchanan, who had by then bought Lowrie’s business. When these two firms became part of DCL in 1925, so ownership of Port Ellen passed into the hands of the industry giant. It closed in 1930 and remained silent – something which is often forgotten – until 1967.

In 1973, the old distillery buildings were dwarfed by the new drum maltings which were erected alongside, initially to supply malt for DCL’s three Islay plants, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, and Port Ellen.

The 1980s whisky loch hit Islay hard. These were the days when the received wisdom was that only a small number of intrepid drinkers would enjoy smoky single malt – indeed single malt wasn’t even being considered as an option by major distillers.

Blenders meanwhile only needed a small percentage of smoky malt in their whisky. The result was that distilleries either went onto short time working, or closed. With three distilleries on the island, DCL was more exposed than most and Port Ellen drew the short straw. In 1983 it closed forever. The maltings only stayed open thanks to a gentlemen’s agreement [the Concordat] between Islay’s distillers in which they all agreed to take a percentage of their malted barley from the plant.

Port Ellen’s fame therefore only came after the distillery doors had been firmly bolted. Stocks are dwindling… and prices rising.

TIMELINE

1825
Port Ellen distillery is founded by Alexander Mackay
1836
The distillery lease is taken by John Ramsay
1869
W.P. Lowrie becomes agent of Port Ellen
1920
The Ramsay family sells the business to conglomerate Port Ellen Distillery Co.
1925
The distillery becomes part of the DCL stable
1930
Port Ellen distillery closes
1967
After 37 years the distillery reopens
1973
Drum maltings are built alongside the distillery
1983
Port Ellen closes for the last time
1998
A 21-year-old is released, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the maltings
2001
The first of the Annual Releases is launched
OWNERS

Diageo
CURRENT OWNER

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1986
John Dewar & Sons
1920 - 1925 (jointly with James Buchanan)
James Buchanan & Company
1920 - 1925 (jointly with John Dewar)
The Ramsay Family
1836 - 1920
The MacKay Family
1825 - 1836




Port Ellen’s smokiness is quite different to the rest of its neighbours on Islay’s south coast, being both highly maritime in nature alongside a sharp lemon element, light tar and some oiliness in the texture. Because most of the bottlings have been matured in refill casks it is rare to find a Port Ellen with a huge amount of oak. While this accentuates the smokiness it also lends it a somewhat austere nature.

As the world’s love of smoky whiskies has increased so its stock has risen – not necessarily because of it having any greater qualities than its neighbours but simply because it is rare. It is fast becoming a whisky only investors can afford to buy.


Port Ellen was opened in 1824, later than its neighbours on Islay’s south coast. It was built by Alexander Mackay, on the site of a malt mill which had possibly been supplying the many illicit distillers on the Oa Peninsula. Mackay struggled and in 1836 the lease of the distillery was taken by the 21-year-old John Ramsay whose uncle Ebenezer was a distiller based in Clackmannanshire and related to the Steins.

Ramsay was a man of his time. As well as establishing the distillery, he became the business partner of Walter Frederick Campbell who owned Islay. Between them they started the bi-weekly steamer between the island and Glasgow which undoubtedly helped cement whisky-making as a major industry on the island. It also made Port Ellen, rather than Bowmore, the island’s main ferry terminal.

He also introduced ‘improved’ agricultural practises to Islay. One reason for the island not suffering from the worst of the Clearances is down to the open and benign attitude of its then laird to his tenants. In 1869, the sales of Port Ellen were handed to W.P. Lowrie, the blender and broker who among many other things loaned James Buchanan money (and supplied stock) for the young tyro blender. By this time Campbell’s Port Ellen had already started to be exported to the United States.

The distillery remained in the Ramsay family’s hands until 1920 when it was sold to the newly formed Port Ellen Distillery Co.. which had been formed by John Dewar and James Buchanan, who had by then bought Lowrie’s business. When these two firms became part of DCL in 1925, so ownership of Port Ellen passed into the hands of the industry giant. It closed in 1930 and remained silent – something which is often forgotten – until 1967.

In 1973, the old distillery buildings were dwarfed by the new drum maltings which were erected alongside, initially to supply malt for DCL’s three Islay plants, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, and Port Ellen.

The 1980s whisky loch hit Islay hard. These were the days when the received wisdom was that only a small number of intrepid drinkers would enjoy smoky single malt – indeed single malt wasn’t even being considered as an option by major distillers.

Blenders meanwhile only needed a small percentage of smoky malt in their whisky. The result was that distilleries either went onto short time working, or closed. With three distilleries on the island, DCL was more exposed than most and Port Ellen drew the short straw. In 1983 it closed forever. The maltings only stayed open thanks to a gentlemen’s agreement [the Concordat] between Islay’s distillers in which they all agreed to take a percentage of their malted barley from the plant.

Port Ellen’s fame therefore only came after the distillery doors had been firmly bolted. Stocks are dwindling… and prices rising.

TIMELINE

1825
Port Ellen distillery is founded by Alexander Mackay
1836
The distillery lease is taken by John Ramsay
1869
W.P. Lowrie becomes agent of Port Ellen
1920
The Ramsay family sells the business to conglomerate Port Ellen Distillery Co.
1925
The distillery becomes part of the DCL stable
1930
Port Ellen distillery closes
1967
After 37 years the distillery reopens
1973
Drum maltings are built alongside the distillery
1983
Port Ellen closes for the last time
1998
A 21-year-old is released, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the maltings
2001
The first of the Annual Releases is launched
OWNERS

Diageo logo
CURRENT OWNER

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1986
John Dewar & Sons
1920 - 1925 (jointly with James Buchanan)
James Buchanan & Company
1920 - 1925 (jointly with John Dewar)
The Ramsay Family
1836 - 1920
The MacKay Family
1825 - 1836


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