A Sleeping Giant Awakens at Port Ellen

For 41 years, the Port Ellen Distillery on Scotland’s Isle of Islay sat silent. Last month, a multi-million dollar restoration of the distillery was completed when the first spirit flowed at Port Ellen since 1983. While it’ll be years before we see new bottlings of Port Ellen, the distillery will be open to Islay visitors from around the world. Diageo’s Ewan Gunn was on hand when that first spirit flowed. He’s been part of the revival since it was announced in 2017, and joins us on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, The Demeter Collection auction raised £49,000 for the Our Whisky Foundation, while William Grant & Sons is expanding its Blended Scotch portfolio with a new range of whiskies. 

Episode 1052: April 14, 2024

Links: Port Ellen Distillery | Our Whisky Foundation | William Grant & Sons | Balcones Distilling | Midleton Very Rare | Loch Lomond Whiskies | Fettercairn | Nc’Nean Distillery | Bimber Distillery | Rabbit Hole Distillery | Ezra Brooks | Chicken Cock Whiskey | Woodford Reserve | Duncan Taylor | Beam Suntory

Image courtesy Diageo.

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