DUNCAN TAYLOR SCOTCH WHISKY RELEASES
RARE 1983 PORT ELLEN 40-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Matured in a first fill sherry cask from one of the final casks of Port Ellen before the distillery shuttered in 1983
HUNTLY, SCOTLAND (EMBARGOED UNTIL September 26, 2023) – Today, specialist spirits purveyor, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Ltd, announces the release of a highly prestigious malt from its ‘Rarest Collection’ – a Port Ellen 40-year-old single malt whisky from March 16th, 1983. Available globally, this limited release of 209 bottles comes from cask number 667, one of the last batches of Port Ellen production and mere weeks before the distillery closed its doors for the last time in May of the same year.
As worldwide demand for smoky and peated malts has surged, Port Ellen, a cult whisky among collectors, has become one of the rarest, most iconic and sought after around the globe. Founded by Alexander Kerr Mackay in 1825 on Islay’s southern coast, Port Ellen was named after the nearby town and became an innovator in the whisky industry with great success exporting to the United States. Impacted by Prohibition, the distillery initially fell silent for 37 years from 1930. It was then resurrected in 1967 due to the demand for peated whisky when it expanded from two to four stills. However, Distillers Company Limited, who owned Port Ellen from 1925, closed its doors in 1983.
To capture the zeitgeist of today’s global phenomenon, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky delved into its impressive and extensive archives to release this first-fill sherry cask 40-year-old single malt, which is a veritable time capsule of Port Ellen’s early 1980s releases. At 104.8 proof the liquid was matured in a European Oak ex-sherry butt, with the cask initially stored on Islay, until it was laid down to finish maturing in the vaults at Duncan Taylor’s HQ in Aberdeenshire in 2010. Each hand-finished decanter is sequentially numbered with a signed certificate of authenticity. The Scottish firm last released a Port Ellen back in 2013.
“When I bought the company from Abe Rosenberg’s family back in 2001, the inventory was incredible, with some amazing rare and old whiskies.” commented Chairman, Euan Shand. “The casks of Port Ellen were ones that really stood out for me as something special and we’ve patiently waited for them to mature, bringing that rich, dark colour to the liquid. The cask has created an evocative whisky that embraces the peat from the kilns and the brine of the sea, alongside a succulent rich fruity base. It’s one of the finest whiskies we’ve launched this year and that’s saying something.”
Ian Logan, Senior Hospitality and Spirits Manager for Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky will launch the Port Ellen 1983 at the Whisky ‘Old & Rare’ Show in London this weekend. For those fortunate enough to have tickets, Ian is holding a masterclass for the Port Ellen at 2.30pm on Saturday 30th September. The company will also be displaying the Port Ellen with limited samples on stand number 305 for the duration of the show.
With a RRP of $7,300, the Port Ellen 40-year-old, will be available for purchase in the US upon request. For information of where to purchase, please contact email@example.com. Full details about this latest Port Ellen release can be found on the Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky website - https://www.duncantaylor.com/
Nose: A classic sherried Islay. Full of treacle toffee and leather mixed with bright fruity notes of blackberries and strawberries drenched in cream. A touch of zesty citrus offsets the fruity sweetness, and some dark, waxy comb honey adds depth. Some intense maritime notes of sea spray combined with kombu kelp. Mineral touches of seashore pebbles emerge with time from underneath the sherried fruits.
Palate: Very true to the nose. Dark treacle toffee and more fruits, this time more cooked than fresh. Thick and chewy texture with roasted pecan nuts to the fore. The leathery, maritime notes persist with some warming spices of cloves and caraway. The peat comes over as a distant driftwood bonfire on a salt drenched seashore. A dark, smoky and fruity chutney balanced by a refreshing hint of spearmint. Wonderful balance with all elements in good equilibrium.
Finish: Long and seemingly everlasting. The dark bitter chocolate notes from the sherry cask persist to the last, along with some spicy toasted oak. The chewy toffeed fruits continue, but now are slightly drier than on the palate. The driftwood bonfire of the peat is now reduced to some smouldering embers. Again, the balance is perfect with all elements singing in harmony.
ABOUT DUNCAN TAYLOR SCOTCH WHISKY
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky is a family-owned business which set up as a cask broker and trading company in 1938. With an impress portfolio they have been laying down casks from premium distilleries for decades. The company now owns one of the largest privately held collection of vintage and rare scotch whisky casks.