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Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980

Lot: 318912
Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980
Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980
Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980
Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980
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Winning Bid: £72,000

Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980

Port Ellen
12 Year Old
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Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980

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. This very rare 12 year old was bottled for attendees of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II in 1980, and is believed to have been the only distillery bottling produced in its years of operation. Diageo later bottled the first publicly available distillery bottlings as part of the Rare Malts Selection, followed by the annual special releases.

The exact number of bottles is unknown, but it is accepted that enough were filled so that the Queen and all senior staff present on the day could have one. Estimates are that around 40 were made. As the distillery did not have its own single malt brand or bottling operation at the time, the same glass used by DCL blenders, John Hopkins, for its Oban single malts were acquired for the job.

In terms of taste, it was the reputation of being a truly outstanding dram. Indeed, this is the only whisky to score a near-perfect 99/100 on, the highest rating Serge Valentin has ever awarded. 

With it currently being unavailable in even the most specialist of whisky retailers, this is genuinely a 'money can't buy' opportunity for any whisky enthusiast. 

Please note that the strength is not stated. 

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Please be advised that the absence of any specific condition reports does not imply that this bottle is in perfect condition. We recommend close inspection of all images prior to placing any bids, and any further information required can be provided upon request.

Due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against failure/leakage in transit.

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