Port Ellen DistilleryPort Ellen Distillery

Founded in 1825
Found on Islay's Kildaton South Coast, Port Ellen began its tenure in 1825 as a malt mill. Long, low white buildings rise up from the coast in the town of the same name.

Port Ellen was founded in 1825, on the south side of Islay, by A.K. Mackay & Co. The Ramsay family operated the distillery from 1833 to 1920, when they sold Port Ellen to Buchana-Dewars, who formed a new company to oversee Port Ellen's affairs.

The house was mothballed following Prohibition, until reopening in 1967. A drum malting plant was erected in 1967, which continues to serve all of Islay, despite the fact that Port Ellen's stills stopped running in 1983.

Port Ellen's production was noteworthy in several ways. Their stills were heated by mechanical coal stokers before switching to steam heat. Their traditional malting floors gave way to a wildly successful drum malting operation in 1974, the only one on the West side of Scotland.

Its warehouses now provide shelter not only to the remaining Port Ellen casks, but a number of makes from Diageo's stable, including Lagavulin and Caol Ila. A fine, smoky maritime malt, Port Ellen will one day pass from the world completely, and with it one of its greatest peated Whisky's.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Status
  • Address
    Port Ellen, Scotland PA42 7AH, Scotland
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Islay - Home to the peated beasts.

The southernmost island of the Southern Hebrides is is the fifth-largest Scottish island. Whisky-wise, Islay is characterised by malts that are pungent with peat, smoke and salinity, revealing their complexity layer after layer. There are eight working distilleries on Islay.

Even the island’s name is shrouded in complexity; the proper pronunciation of Islay is ‘eye-la’.
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