40-Year-Old Port Ellen “9 Rogue Casks” released

The gently smoky Islay whisky was bottled at 50.9% ABV

A new Port Ellen Single Malt Whisky is on the market: The Port Ellen 40 Years is called "9 Rogue Casks" and was bottled at batch strength of 50.9% vol, uncolored and unchill-filtered. There are 1,380 bottles available worldwide at the price of about £6,500 


The whisky was distilled in 1979, four years before the Islay distillery was closed in 1983. It is the oldest and also the most limited Port Ellen that has ever been filled for the public, Diageo informs. Master Blender Dr. Craig Wilson selected nine casks from the warehouses for it, four American hogsheads and five European butts.

Producer’s tasting notes for the Port Ellen 40 Years 9 Rogue Casks

Nose: Delicate, grassy/herbal, burnt tangerine skin, very mild smoke at cask strength, opens up a little with the addition of water, crème caramel/roasted coffee, red fruit compote, ripe peach skin.
Palate: Much more pronounced bonfire smoke, pipe tobacco, leather, wood spice.
Finish: Long, wispy smoke finish.

This is, by the way, not the first 40-year-old Port Ellen to be presented this year. In February we reported here about the XOP The Black Series Port Ellen 40 Years, which the independent bottler Douglas Laing released as a single cask bottling.