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Port Ellen 1977 - 19 Year Old - Hart Brothers - Finest Collection

LOT ID: 0823-902

End Date : Oct 18 2023 08:22 PM

Total Bids: 85   

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Port Ellen 1977. 19 Year Old. Bottled by Hart Brothers for their Finest Collection. 70cl. 43%. In presentation tube.


Wear to tube.


Lower Neck

Distillery:  Port Ellen

Distillery Status:  Closed

Bottler: Hart Brothers

Region: Islay

Distilled Year: 1977

Age: 19

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 43%

One of the great lost distilleries on Islay, Port Ellen was little-known in its lifetime with only a handful of official bottlings produced before the distillery closed in 1983 as part of Diageo forerunner Scottish Malt Distilleries’ swingeing cuts in response to the great whisky lake of the 1970s and 1980s.

Later rediscovered by malt fans thanks to fine independent bottlings from the likes of Gordon & MacPhail, Cadenhead’s and Signatory Vintage, Port Ellen’s reputation mushroomed through the 1990s and 2000s as sensational Rare Malts bottlings were followed by a string of legendary Diageo Special Releases and dozens of superb single cask bottlings from Douglas Laing.

In 2017 the whisky world was stunned when Diageo announced that work was taking place to bring Port Ellen distillery back from the dead - the new Port Ellen distillery is currently scheduled to commence production in 2023.

One of the unsung heroes of the independent whisky bottling scene, Hart Brothers started life in the 1960s as independent blenders and whisky brokers, and began bottling single malts themselves in the late 1980s. Hart Brothers have often flown under the radar, but a glance at their bottling history reveals some truly outstanding single malt whiskies from distilleries including Bowmore, Macallan, Longmorn, Springbank and Glen Grant. 

Hart Brothers have a quiet tradition of getting their hands on unusual or difficult to source whiskies and releasing them with little fanfare which continues to this day, with recent releases including 1980s vintages of Littlemill and Macallan and a sherry cask of Talisker 1993. At auction, they are a bottler always worth looking out for, particularly for the magnificent 1950s and 1960s Bowmores and their superb 1960s Glenfiddichs.


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Last Bids £430.00 18th October 2023 20:12