Monday, May 25, 2020


Diageo, has announced the launch of a new 40 Year Old expression from the Port Ellen Distillery; the second release in its Untold Stories series, which explores the story of Islay based distillery’s past ahead of its return.

Port Ellen 9 Rogue Casks (50.9% ABV) is a 40 Year Old cask strength single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a combination of five European oak butts and four American oak hogsheads.

Port Ellen 9 Rogue Casks

Port Ellen was distilled for just sixteen of the last ninety years, and not a cask more since its closure in 1983, making the original dwindling stocks finite and incredibly rare.

In 1979, a small parcel of stock was identified as holding unusual flavour characteristics that stood out from the typical Port Ellen distillery character. Unsuitable for the needs of the blenders at the time, the casks were marked and set aside for further maturation and blending in the future.

Forty years on, today’s master blender Dr Craig Wilson selected nine special casks from the original stock: each was identifiably Port Ellen but with its own defining character. He blended together the nine casks, four American oak hogsheads and five European oak butts, to create what is said to be a Port Ellen unlike anything seen from the distillery before.

Diageo has also announced, that a donation of 20 signed bottles including the Port Ellen 40-Year-Old bottle and bottles from Islay distilleries Lagavulin and Caol Ila will be donated to the Islay Feis Ile Committee. The 20 special bottles, worth a total value of £10,000, will be used to support fundraising activities to raise money for Islay based charitable organisations and community groups.

Limited to 1,380 bottles, Port Ellen 9 Rogue Casks, will be available next month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £6,500.

Posted by Steve Rush