If you would’ve told the owners of Port Ellen in the 1980s that their single malt would one day be one of the most highly coveted whiskies in the world, they would surely think you’ve gone mad. At the time, Port Ellen’s peated whisky was mainly used for blending and there was no interest in it as a single malt. After the distillery was shut down in 1983 though, Port Ellen’s popularity skyrocketed and it became a cult favourite. While owner Diageo releases a limited-edition Port Ellen as part of its Annual Releases nearly every year, the majority of available Port Ellen today comes from independent bottlers. This single cask bottling of Port Ellen was released by Douglas Laing as part of the Old Malt Cask range. The whisky was distilled in January 1979 and matured for 21 years. It was bottled in July 2000 at 50% ABV. Only 336 bottles of Port Ellen 21 Years Old Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 1979 have been released.