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Port Ellen 1979-1994 - Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice

LOT ID: 1023-1118


End Date : Jan 03 2024 08:00 PM


Total Bids: 22   

Winning Bid
£480.00


LOT DESCRIPTION

Port Ellen 1979 - 1994. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice series. 70cl. 40%. In presentation box.

CONDITION

Stained label. Wear to box.

FILLING LEVEL

Into Neck

Distillery:  Port Ellen

Distillery Status:  Closed

Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail

Region: Islay

Distilled Year: 1979

Bottling Year: 1994

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 70cl / 700ml

ABV: 40%

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.

Founded in Elgin as a merchant grocer and wine and spirits wholesaler in 1895, Gordon & MacPhail are one of the oldest independent whisky bottlers in Scotland. Co-founder James Gordon owned shares in Longmorn, Strathisla and Glen Grant, and Gordon & MacPhail were soon bottling officially licensed single malts from several distilleries and sending empty casks from their wine business to be filled with new make spirit and returned for maturation in their Elgin warehouses.

Gordon & MacPhail pioneered high strength single malts at 100 proof (57%) in the 1950s, and in 1968 the company launched Connoisseurs Choice, one of the first integrated ranges of small batch independent whisky bottlings. After finally becoming distillers themselves with the purchase of Benromach in 1993, in 2010 Gordon & MacPhail bottled the first 70-year-old single malt whisky (a Mortlach 1938) and in 2020 the company released the first ever 80-year-old whisky: Glenlivet 1940.

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BID HISTORY

BID DATE TIME
Last Bids £480.00 3rd January 2024 19:14