Douglas Laing Launches Oldest Ever Port Ellen Independent Bottling

Douglas Laing Launches Oldest Ever Port Ellen Independent Bottling

Family-owned Scotch Whisky firm, Douglas Laing & Co, today announces the release of its oldest ever Port Ellenbottling – an exceptional 40 Years Old Single Cask within theXtra Old Particular Black Series.


Distilled in December 1979 and bottled last month (January 2020), only 299 hand-filled bottles exist. Having been matured in a refill butt, 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.

This rare, antique Whisky is proudly bottled without colouring or chill-filtration and at a natural Cask Strength of 49.6%. To confirm its quality and authenticity, Douglas Laing’s Chairman, Fred Laing, and Director of Whisky, Cara Laing, have hand-signed each and every label of this very special Single Cask Single Malt.

Commenting on their XOP The Black Series Port Ellen 40 Years Old, Cara Laing, Director of Whisky, said:

“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.” 

XOP The Black Series Port Ellen Vintage 1979 is available throughout Europe and Asia with an expected retail price of £3500. Just 299 bottles exist.

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