Port Ellen operated for over 150 years, the distillery became popular after its closure. Port Ellen distillery, located in Port Ellen on the isle of Islay, Scotland, it was originally established as a malt mill in 1825 but John Ramsay developed it as a distillery from 1833 to 1892. It continued in production throughout the 1970s and was closed in 1983.
Port Ellen’s smokiness is quite different to the their neighbouring whiskies on Islay’s south coast, it has both highly maritime in nature with a sharp lemon citrus element, light tar and some oiliness in the texture. Because most of the bottlings have been matured in refill casks, it is rare to find a Port Ellen with a huge amount of oak.