Douglas Laing presents 40-year-old Port Ellen

The single malt from 1979 is part of the Xtra Old Particular Black Series


The XOP The Black Series Port Ellen 40 Years Old is the oldest Port Ellen whisky ever released by independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co.: Distilled in December 1979, the single malt was bottled in January 2020. There are 299 hand-filled bottles, each one personally signed by Fred Laing, Chairman of Douglas Laing, and his daughter Cara Laing, Director of Whisky.

The XOP The Black Series Port Ellen 40 Years Old was matured in a refill butt. The official press release says about the aroma: “…the legendary Islay Whisky has a nose that is said to burst with peated barley and brown sugar. The palate reveals fudge, spices and chewed leather with a finish of iodine and smoke that lingers on and on.”

Cara Laing commented on this special bottling: “Port Ellen is definitely a firm favourite Distillery for the Douglas Laing family. It was my grandfather’s - our Founder - favourite Whisky and one my dad Fred and I have enjoyed together on many a special occasion over the years. The inimitably elegant, complex and leathery style of this particular dram embodies everything we treasure about Islay’s most celebrated Distillery.”

The Port Ellen Single Malt Whisky was bottled at 49.6% ABV., unchill-filtered and without coloring Price of the whisky that will be available in Europe and Asia will be £3,500.

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