A rare single malt from the legendary closed Islay distillery, bottled by renowned independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail for the Rare Old range. The whisky was distilled in 1980 and matured for about 25 years before being bottled in November 2015 at 46% ABV. The Port Ellen distillery on Islay was established in the 1820s. At first it operated solely as a malt mill but a few years later it was developed into a distillery. Port Ellen was mothballed in 1983, although its malting is still in operation to this day and supplies all other Islay distilleries. Diageo announced in 2017 that it is planning to reopen the distillery in the next few years. Since its closure, Port Ellen has become one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world. Increasingly rare, spirit produced at the distillery demonstrates some of the finest character found on the island of Islay. Only 236 bottles of Port Ellen 1980-2015 Rare Old were released.