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Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980

Lot: 5080724

Port Ellen 12 Year Old Queen's Visit 1980

Winning Bid: £100,000
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 55 bids

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Port Ellen
12 Year Old
Bottle Size: 
Full size
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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  no ABV or exact bottle size is stated.

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