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Port Ellen 1974 Sestante 14 Year Old Cask Strength

Lot: 6143660

Port Ellen 1974 Sestante 14 Year Old Cask Strength

Winning Bid: £2,400
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 15 bids

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Port Ellen
Age: 
14 Year Old
Vintage: 
1974
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
Sestante
Cask Type: 
N/A
Bottled Strength: 
65.5%
Bottle Size: 
75cl
Distillery Status: 
Closed
product Details

Port Ellen 1974 Sestante 14 Year Old Cask Strength

The Sestante import company was founded in the 1970s by Ernesto Mainardi, and he bottled his first single casks under the name in 1985. Alongside his contemporary, Silvano Samaroli, Mainardi pioneered giving his customers a choice of both standard 40-46% bottlings, and cask strength releases from the same casks. Along with his other brand, Silver Seal, Mainardi's bottlings are incredibly sought after.

There are three Port Ellen from Sestante with this vintage and age combination. One reduced to 43% and two cask strength offerings.

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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