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1982 Signatory Vintage Port Ellen 26 Year Old Cask Strength La Maison Du Whisky Collector's Edition 2nd Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 51.2%
Established on Islay's south coast in 1825 by A K Mackay and Co., Port Ellen was closed in the slump of 1983, but the whisky made in the 17 or so years between its re-opening and final closure has acquired a reputation as some of the finest to have been made on Islay in that time. Following two outstandingly successful Rare Malt bottlings in 1998 and 2000, Diageo has released an official bottling of Port Ellen every year since 2001, although it is presently unknown how many more of these bottlings will be forthcoming as stocks get lower. There have also been myriad independent bottlings, particularly from Douglas Laing and this one from Signatory. Prices for Port Ellen have increased steadily over the last decade as the reputation of the distillery grows and supplies dwindle.
The whiskey is a versatile malt, though with considerable differences of style evident between different bottlings. Some sherry-casked Port Ellen can be beautifully rich, spicy, sweet and leathery; bourbon and refill casks often show a more austere, peppery medium-weighted style. Common characteristics, though, are a high level of peatiness and, in the best examples, a phenomenal complexity which Islay fans adore. For these reasons Port Ellen has become one of the most sought-after of the lost distilleries by collectors, investors and aficionados.
Distilled 7th April 1982 and bottled on 22nd August 2008. Matured in Hogshead No. 1135 with total production limited to 318 bottles. Natural colour. 51.2% Alc./Vol.
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