1978 Port Ellen '14th Release' Single Malt Whisky Islay

$3,749.00

From our archive collection. This is one of those rare malts you missed before but have a second chance to get your hands on. Don't miss out!

Closed in 1983, Port Ellen has since become one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world. Increasingly rare, spirit produced at the distillery demonstrates some of the finest character found on the island of Islay. This is the 14th release in the series of extremely limited annual bottlings of cask strength single malt from this iconic distillery. Sweet smoke aromas, rich mahogany and saddle leather aromas waft from the glass, as subtle wood tannins caress the palate. The long finish is dominated by spice and studded with notes of citrus. Availability of this irreplaceable malt is dwindling, and it's only a matter of time until it is gone for good. The clock is ticking.

Port Ellen has had a unique history. Starting around 1825 in the Scottish region of Islay, the distillery-side of the business has been closed and reopened several times over the last 200 years. They began producing malt in 1974 and supplied it to Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Port Ellen. Their malts are in such demand that today they supply to the majority of Islay's distilleries. The forward thinking operation was the first to employ the "spirits safe" in distillation and was amongst the first distilleries to begin trading with North America around the 1850s. Port Ellen was closed in the 1980s but their malt lives on and those special last few bottlings are the cat's meow.

Spirit (Varietal):
Scotch Whisky
Vintage:
1978
Aging:
35 years
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Appellation:
Islay
Alcohol %:
56.5%
Proof:
113
SKU #:
2SPEL78WH314