Port Ellen 20 years 1978 Of. Rare Malts Selection Natural Cask Strengh - bottled 1998 Limited Edition

  • 60.90% |
  • 0.70L

A Port Ellen 20 year old distilled in 1978 and bottled at cask strength in 1998 for the Rare Malts series. Created in the mid-1990s by United Distillers (Diageo), the Rare Malts series features bottlings from many of the group’’s distilleries, including some of the lesser known whose production was …More info

Description du lot

  • Distillery: Port Ellen
  • Appellation: Single Malt Whisky
  • Country/Region: Scotland , Islay
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 low-shoulder
  • State: 1 slightly marked label, 1 slightly bin-soiled label

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Port Ellen 20 years 1978 Of. Rare Malts Selection Natural Cask Strengh - bottled 1998 Limited Edition

Fine Spirits Auction Price(1) corresponds to the hammer price and the buyer's premium charged by the auctioneer. (1)

Fine Spirits Auction Price(1) corresponds to the hammer price and the buyer's premium charged by the auctioneer. (1)

  • Current Price Estimate

  • €1,299
  • €1,371 (Highest price)
  • €1,371 (Lowest price)

Latest auction prices

  • 08/12/2023 €1,370
  • 03/06/2022 €1,711
  • 11/02/2022 €1,888
  • 11/06/2021 €1,416

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Lot presentation
Port Ellen 20 years 1978 Of. Rare Malts Selection Natural Cask Strengh - bottled 1998 Limited Edition

Cuvée presentation

A Port Ellen 20 year old distilled in 1978 and bottled at cask strength in 1998 for the Rare Malts series. Created in the mid-1990s by United Distillers (Diageo), the Rare Malts series features bottlings from many of the group’’s distilleries, including some of the lesser known whose production was generally used for blends, as well as closed distilleries such as Port Ellen and Brora. Bottled at cask strength, the whiskies in the range are also known for their sometimes astounding alcohol content, often exceeding 60% ABV. The Rare Malts range was discontinued in 2005. Two versions of Port Ellen 1978 were produced for the Rare Malts Selection, this one at 60.9% and another bottled at 60.5% in 2000.

The distillery Port Ellen

Scotland, Isle of Islay. Distillery operational. Owner: Diageo

Single-handedly kept afloat by the leading players in the independent bottlers market until the early 21st century, Port Ellen owes its salvation to the growing fervour of fans of peated whiskies. Like many distilleries a victim of the 1980s recession, Port Ellen closed in May 1983, never to distil again. It was in 1998, 15 years after its closure, that its owners bottled two limited versions, one celebrating the 25th anniversary of the eponymous maltings, and the other for the Rare Malts Selection. It would then not be until the turn of the millennium that Port Ellen would be awarded a finally crafted regular bottling, focusing on the years of production 1978 and 1979.Paradoxically, the youngest versions are the hardest to find, such as the Signatory Vintage Black Ceramic 10 Year Old and 13 Year Old. Although most were bottled at 40-43%, they still offer the chance to experience the spirit's profile without the wood having too much influence. In any case, the oldest vintage still available today from a handful of collectors is a Port Ellen distilled in 1967 or 1968 (the distillery was mothballed from 1929 to 1 April 1968), aged 12 years old and produced to mark the Queen's visit to the distillery on 9 August 1980.

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Detailed characteristics

  • Distillery: Port Ellen
  • Vintage: 1978
  • Bottler: Of.
  • Age: 20 years
  • Appellation: Single Malt Whisky
  • Country/Region: Scotland , Islay
  • Alcohol percentage: 60.90 %
  • Volume: 0.70L
  • Quantity: 1 Bottle
  • Level: 1 low-shoulder
  • State: 1 slightly marked label, 1 slightly bin-soiled label
  • Case: Yes
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Color: Brown

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