About Port Ellen 13th Release 34 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Situated along the Kildalton coast on the island of Islay, Port Ellen Distillery was founded in 1825 by Alexander Ker Mackay. At the time, the distillery became renown for its innovative and experimental techniques: it was the first distillery to incorporate Septimus Fox's spirit safe design into its distillation process, and was one of the first distilleries to trade directly with the United States.
Over the course of the 20th century, however, the distillery changed hands numerous times. In 1966, Port Ellen Distillery was reopened (it had been forced to close its doors as a result of Prohibition) and refurbished with four new stills heated by a mechanical coal stoker system. Although the distillery was forced to close its doors again in 1983 as a result of slumping demand, the whisky distilled in the 17 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.
Port Ellen 13th Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky was the 13th of the official annual releases by the Port Ellen Distillery. One of the most rare and collectable whiskies in the world, Port Ellen 13th has an aroma of dark toffee, wood embers, roasted beef and hints of citrus. The aroma gives way to notes of lemons, buttered biscuits, espresso and sea salt on the palate, and leads to a finish accented by touches of mint, fruit and cloves.
Only 2,958 bottles of this single malt, which was bottled at cask strength, were ever produced. "Port Ellen's price has soared for a straightforward reason," says Nick Morgan. "Scarcity is the driver."
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