Port Ellen 1979 Prima and Ultima 40 Year Old
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.
This was part of the inaugural Prima & Ultima range from Diageo, launched in 2020. Meaning "the first and last," the series featured eight whiskies selected by Dr Jim Beveridge OBE, with 238 complete sets made available.
Bottled in December 2019, this 1991 vintage Port Ellen was drawn from a single refill butt, yielding 436 bottles.
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