Port Ellen 12 Year Old James MacArthur Cask Strength / 62.7%
James MacArthur & Co were founded in 1982 and are a no-frills independent label, focussed bringing lesser-seen and often closed distilleries to the market. Their simple approach and fine selection of cask strength and single cask whiskies has earned them an army of fans amongst connoisseurs across the world.
This is one of the rarest and most sought-after bottlings of Port Ellen, one of a handful of (fairly ordinary, on the surface) Scotch whiskies to have gained a near-mythical status simply due to the quality of the liquid.
Bottled a few years after the distillery's closure in 1983, this expression was released by James MacArthur at 12 years of age and at a typically high strength of 62.7%. There is also a 'dark sherry' version of this release bottled at 59%, which has an equally fantastic reputation.
This particular release scored an impressive 96 points from Serge Valentin on WhiskyFun.com.
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 have bottled more since, but it is the independent companies that have given the whisky world the best chance to sample this sought after single malt.
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