Port Ellen 37yr Single Malt Scotch
Staff Pick

Port Ellen 37yr Single Malt Scotch - 1978

Item # 35773 750mL
$4499.99/ Single Bottle
$26999.94/ Case of 6

Tasting Notes

The 16th annual release since the distillery closed and Diageo began issueing the remaining stocks, has been aged for 37 years and bottled at a cask strength of 55.2% ABV. This permanently shuttered Islay distillery with roots dating back to 1825 has inspired one of the most fervent cult followings of malt fanatics the world over. One of the most prized and collectible spirits out there.

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Staff Pick Notes

Be sure to read between the lines when taking a look at this bottle. Hearty 35+ year maturation at a rate of about 3% evaporation per year. Vintage dated distillation. Undiluted cask strength of 55.2% ABV. Closed forever, Port Ellen isn't making more whiskey; its shares are disappearing. But they're not gone, and this bottle is proof. Its rare distillery releases keep getting rarer as the few cobwebbed barrels left cradle this liquid to old age. And it tastes old! Before the nose opens up it's mossy and high-toned. Adding water brightens the bouquet and I'm reminded of mezcal. Dried peach notes and cherry fruit leather come through, hallmark iodine aromas linger gently in the background. The palate is chocolate covered oranges, BBQ sauce, and miso on the finish. More complexity unfolds before it disappears from your glass.

- SS

Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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