Product Information

Lot No: 1216/467
Distillery: Port Ellen Distillery
Bottler: Distillery
Country: Scotland
Series: Queens Visit
Vintage: 1967
Bottling Date: 1980
Age: 12
Bottle Size: 75cl
Region: Islay
Cask Type: Two Hogsheads

Port Ellen 12 Year Old - Queens Visit - 1980

Shipping Weight when Packed: 3.00 KG

1 bottle Port Ellen 12 Year Old. Bottled 1980 for the visit of the Queen on August 9th. No box. Plastic wrapper seal over stopper cork. 75cl. Strength unknown. Level above main label. Slight wear but overall good condition.

This is both the only known bottling of Port Ellen produced while the distillery was active and the only known example distilled in 1967. It was decided that a bottling should be done for the occasion of the Queen's visit back in 1980. The whisky was selected and drawn from two 1967 Hogsheads by legendary warehouseman Iain 'Pinky' McArthur.

The number of bottles produced was very limited, enough that one could be given to the Queen and to each of the councilors and senior staff present on the day. From our knowledge it is believed that only 36 bottles were filled. The bottling strength remains unknown but Iain McArthur insists it was bottled at cask strength without reduction.

This particular bottle comes from an ex distillery worker who acquired the bottle over 20 years ago when he was actively working in the whisky industry and it has been stored in his attic until we collected it recently. This is the second time we have been fortunate to auction one of, if not the best whiskies in the world.

Although a condition report is normally included in the lot description, we would recommend viewing/close inspection prior to placing any bids.

If this is not an option and you have questions beyond the offered description and images, please use the link "ask a question" to make specific enquiries or to receive a more in-depth condition report. Otherwise lots will be sold as seen and described.

Please note: due to the various ages of bottles and their seals, condition of liquid is at the buyer's discretion and no claim can be lodged against failure/leakage in transit.

This auction ended on
4th of January 2017 08:20:08 PM

Winning Bid: £ 11,200.00

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