As part of its Untold Stories Series, Port Ellen will introduce its first exclusive release in early April this year. The Spirit Safe, a 39-year-old single malt Scotch whisky, is one of the oldest releases to come from the distillery, with only 1,500 bottles produced.
The Port Ellen Distillery closed over 30 years ago in 1983, but is set to be reopened in 2021 and the launch marks the first global release since the single malt ceased to be a part of the yearly releases, meaning it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Georgie Crawford, master distiller at Port Ellen, said: “Setting a rare precedent for exceptional whisky since the beginning in 1825, this release is a perfect exploration of how early innovation at the distillery played a role in shaping the whisky industry as a whole. There’s an ethereal quality to Port Ellen and to the distillery itself. It is not easy to grasp what makes it so unique, but the people definitely matter. John Ramsay was an early innovator in the whisky industry, and not many people know how important Port Ellen was in the early days of the whisky industry. Through this release, we hope to give more insight into why it is so special a liquid, not just for its flavour, but for its history.”
Tom Jones, global prestige brand ambassador, commented: “This Port Ellen: Untold Stories, The Spirit Safe, 39-Year-Old, is an exceptional single malt Scotch whisky from this storied distillery on Islay. Its ground-breaking founder skilfully harnessed the islands alluring, peaty wilderness and unforgiving coast line to create a distillery which produced cult whiskies with unrivalled depth. There is the regular smoke from the local peat, but this one is softer. As this release has been selected from a small number of casks, it is very different to other Port Ellen releases. Authentic in character, as it came from the casks and natural in colour, this liquid will no doubt inspire connoisseurs and collectors alike to own this once in a lifetime piece of history.”
Port Ellen: Untold Stories, The Spirit Safe will be available from selected luxury retailers globally from early April 2019 onwards. In the UK (domestic), RRSP of £4,500 per 70cl bottle.