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Port Ellen 32 years 1979 Of. 12th Release 2012 Release

  • Color:Brown
  • 52.50% 
  • 0.70L

The 12th release of Port Ellen, distilled in 1979 and aged for 32 years before being bottled in 2012. Launched by Diageo in 2001, the range took over from the Rare Malts series. Every year, a limited edition Port Ellen was released, primarily from 1978 and 1979. The range was discontinued in 2017, p… More info

  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 3.5cm
  • State: 1 good appearance
  • Country/Region: Scotland, Scotland, Islay
  • Appellation: Whisky, Single Malt Whisky
  • Distillery: Port Ellen
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Port Ellen 32 years 1979 Of. 12th Release 2012 Release  

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Port Ellen 32 years 1979 Of. 12th Release 2012 Release

Cuvée presentation

The 12th release of Port Ellen, distilled in 1979 and aged for 32 years before being bottled in 2012. Launched by Diageo in 2001, the range took over from the Rare Malts series. Every year, a limited edition Port Ellen was released, primarily from 1978 and 1979. The range was discontinued in 2017, probably to make way for the new distillery, due to open in 2020 under the guidance of Georgie Crawford, the former manager of Lagavulin. A limited edition of 2,964 bottles.

The distillery Port Ellen

Scotland, Isle of Islay. Distillery operational. Owner: Diageo

Single-handedly kept afloat by the leading players in the independent bottlers market until the early 21st century, Port Ellen owes its salvation to the growing fervour of fans of peated whiskies. Like many distilleries a victim of the 1980s recession, Port Ellen closed in May 1983, never to distil again. It was in 1998, 15 years after its closure, that its owners bottled two limited versions, one celebrating the 25th anniversary of the eponymous maltings, and the other for the Rare Malts Selection. It would then not be until the turn of the millennium that Port Ellen would be awarded a finally crafted regular bottling, focusing on the years of production 1978 and 1979.Paradoxically, the youngest versions are the hardest to find, such as the Signatory Vintage Black Ceramic 10 Year Old and 13 Year Old. Although most were bottled at 40-43%, they still offer the chance to experience the spirit's profile without the wood having too much influence. In any case, the oldest vintage still available today from a handful of collectors is a Port Ellen distilled in 1967 or 1968 (the distillery was mothballed from 1929 to 1 April 1968), aged 12 years old and produced to mark the Queen's visit to the distillery on 9 August 1980.

Detailed characteristics

  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 3.5cm
  • State: 1 good appearance
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Recoverable VAT: Yes
  • Case: Yes
  • Alcohol percentage: 52.50 %
  • Volume: 0.70L
  • Country/Region: Scotland, Scotland, Islay
  • Appellation: Single Malt Whisky
  • Color: Brown
  • Distillery: Port Ellen
  • Bottler: Of.
  • Vintage: 1979
Port Ellen 32 years 1979 Of. 12th Release 2012 Release
Port Ellen 32 years 1979 Of. 12th Release 2012 Release

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Port Ellen 32 years 1979 Of. 12th Release 2012 Release

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