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Port Ellen

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The Distillery

Taken over by John Ramsay in 1836, Port Ellen was under his management the first distillery to export its single malt to the United States. It was also the first distillery to use a spirit safe.
Closed from 1929 to 1966, the distillery doubled its production capacity in 1967. It used to produce a single malt which had its own charm, with seaworthy accents, peaty and spicy. A malting was built in 1973 near the distillery. This malting is tooled up with a Saladin box. It produces malt for most of the Island distilleries, and for the Jura distillery.
Port Ellen distillery is closed since 1984, and despite the growing demand for Islay whisky, there has been no talk of its reopening. The distillery does not have a licence anymore.
The destruction process is going. In 2004, one of the three pagoda roofs has been removed, probably to make room for new extension of the maltings.

The geography

> Le comptoir Sunday, 02-Apr-2017 16:41:29 CEST
Sun 30 04 2017, 07:12 - 8 visiteurs au cours de la dernire heure et 1 visiteur sur le site en ce moment.
Copyright :Jean-Marie Putz (2003-2017)


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