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Port Ellen 1981 Casks of Distinction 37 Year Old #1297

Lot: 267278

Port Ellen 1981 Casks of Distinction 37 Year Old #1297

Winning Bid: £4,650
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 64 bids

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Lot: 267278
Distillery: 
Port Ellen
Age: 
37 Year Old
Vintage: 
1981
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
Official
Cask Type: 
N/A
Bottled Strength: 
48.9%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Closed
product Details

Port Ellen 1981 Casks of Distinction 37 Year Old #1297

Port Ellen is the lost jewel in the Islay crown, closed down by DCL (now Diageo) in 1983 due to an oversupply of peated whisky for blending and a perceived lack of interest in it as a single malt. It has developed a legendary status in the years since. A very rare 12 year old bottled for attendees of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1980 is believed to have been the only distillery bottling produced in its years of operation. Diageo then bottled the first publicly available distillery bottlings as part of the Rare Malts Selection, followed by the annual special releases.

Filled into single hogshead #1297 on the 15 April 1981, and then matured for over 37 years.  One of the oldest bottles of Port Ellen ever released, this is an incredible 37 year old expression and one of only 174 produced.  A rare offering that becomes rarer still when you consider the increasing scarcity of Port Ellen stocks since the distillery closed.

The whisky, bottled at 48.9% ABV, has been drawn from single cask #1297, which is part of Diageo's Casks of Distinction programme. Casks of Distinction is the private sale of individual casks of rare and exceptional Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Diageo’s extensive stocks in Scotland. Hand selected by a team of whisky experts under guidance from Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson, each cask is entirely unique and incredibly rare. Each Cask of Distinction is chosen on the basis of their quality, representing the most exceptional and singular expression of the distillery’s character.

With the announcement of plans to reopen the distillery there is hope that in years to come we will once again see outstanding whisky produced at Port Ellen. Until then it is safe to assume that this exceptional 37 Year Old is amongst the last of its kind.

Bottle number 62 of only 174.

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