Port Ellen distillery

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Port Ellen
Port Ellen Distillery-Canthusus.jpg
Region: Islay
Owner Diageo
Founded 1825
Status Partly demolished, maltings operational
Number of stills 2 wash
2 spirit
Mothballed 1983-Present

The Port Ellen distillery is located in Port Ellen on the isle of Islay, Scotland.

Port Ellen was established as a malt mill in 1825, and then developed as a distillery under John Ramsay from 1833 to 1892. The warehouses he built still exist and are now listed buildings. The distillery was acquired by the Distillers Company in 1925 and was rebuilt in 1967. It continued in production throughout the 1970s and was closed in 1983,[1] although supplies of its single malt whisky are still available. The distillery houses a malting which continues to supply all Islay distilleries, as per an agreement signed in 1987. Stocks of Port Ellen whisky are now owned by Diageo; due to the closing of the distillery, its whisky is becoming more and more collectable.



  1. ^ Diageo booklet, Special Releases, 2012


  • Bernhardt, Ralf; Würsching, Hans Georg (2003). The Port Ellen Single Malt Whisky Collector’s Guide. Einhausen, Germany: Cluaran. ISBN 3980934411. 

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Coordinates: 55°38′00.24″N 6°11′48.84″W / 55.6334000°N 6.1969000°W / 55.6334000; -6.1969000