If you were to look at past whisky auctions, like those here on our site, for example, you could be forgiven for thinking Port Ellen Distillery was still active. However, as anyone with a shred of knowledge in active and closed distilleries will tell you, Port Ellen closed in 1983. That hasn’t stopped people wanting a taster of what is arguably considered some of the finest made on Islay during the period of 1967 to 1983. What can we learn from Port Ellen and its subsequent popularity?

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To say Glendronach Distillery was historically important and well-loved would be doing it a severe disservice. The single malt whisky made in Forgue, close to Huntly in the Northern region of Aberdeenshire is one of the finest Highland whiskies. Ignoring the time between 1996 and 2001 when the distillery was mothballed and out of operation, Glendronach has remained at the forefront of the whisky scene for most of its time in existence. Where did it all began and what about modern Glendronach? Find out more in the following post.

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Daftmill Distillery is located on the site of a farm that has been reportedly in the Cuthbert family for centuries. In fact, according to the brothers, Ian and Francis, who run the farm and the distillery, there have only been three families that have worked the land at Daftmill in 1,000 years. So, principally, it’s a farm that yields malting barley sold to the whisky industry, prized beef cattle and a successful potato crop. So, when did the brothers decide to turn their hand to whisky production?

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