Silent no more – three iconic single malt distilleries to reopen by 2020

The Cask 88 team are delighted to hear about the reopening of three iconic single malt distilleries, Port Ellen, Brora and Rosebank, by 2020.

As we specialise in seeking out and providing rare and old whisky for our customers, we couldn’t be happier to hear the news that Diageo plans to reopen Port Ellen and Brora distilleries itself, nearly 35 years after they were closed down. This reversal of fortunes is a clear reflection on the growing demand for Scottish whisky both at home and abroad. Diageo have also sold the Rosebank trademark/brand and existing stocks to Ian Macleod Distillers, that will see the beloved Lowland single malt Scotch whisky distillery reopen in 2019, after closing in 1993.

Port Ellen on Islay, and Brora on the east coast of Scotland, will now resume production by 2020 reflecting a trend for smaller distilleries to revisit more traditional regimes and focusing on smaller quantities in higher quality. Rosebank’s distillery in Falkirk hopes to replicate its historic style of sweet, floral Lowland single malt by 2019. The reopening of these ‘silent’ distilleries ensures that future generations of whisky enthusiasts will be able to enjoy new expressions in years to come that many would may have feared had been lost to history.

Diageo said: ‘The decision is partly a response to… demands from existing enthusiasts, but it also reflects the strong growth in the single malt Scotch market and the opportunity to create new generations of whisky consumers.’

Cask 88 continues to offer a carefully curated collection of rare and old bottles from Port Ellen, Brora and Rosebank to collectors and connoisseurs around the globe. Diageo’s head of whisky outreach Dr Nick Morgan hailed the announcement as ‘a truly exceptional moment in Scotch whisky’, adding: ‘Port Ellen and Brora are names which have a uniquely powerful resonance with whisky lovers around the world, and the opportunity to bring these lost distilleries back to life is as rare and special as the spirit for which the distilleries are famous.

He went on to state: ‘Only a very few people will ever be able to try the original Port Ellen and Brora single malts as they become increasingly rare, so we are thrilled that we will now be able to produce new expressions of these whiskies for new generations of people to enjoy.’

Cask 88 support existing demand by offering carefully selected bottles from each of these great distilleries, a great example of a Brora we currently have is the Brora 1972 Connoisseurs Choice.

Brora 1972, Connoisseurs Choice

This Brora 1972 was distilled at the now silent Highland distillery before being bottled in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range. Highly sought after.

Region: Highlands

Distillery: Brora

Year Distilled: 1972

Year Bottled: 1993

Strength: 40.00%

Size: 70cl

A fine bottle to add to anyone’s collection.

Similarly, we currently offer a carefully selected collection of bottles from Port Ellen, a great example of which is this Port Ellen 19-Year-Old:

Port Ellen 19 Year Old by Hart Brothers

Port Ellen 19 Year Old by Hart Brothers

A 19 Year Old Port Ellen bottled by Hart Brothers in the 1990s. This silent distillery is highly sought after and at present are very difficult to come by.

Region: Islay

Distillery: Port Ellen

Year Distilled: 1977

Age: 19 Years

Strength: 43.00%

Size: 70cl

Please note that our selection is always changing and to view all offerings from Brora please click here or for Port Ellen please click here

At the time of writing, our online shop did not have an example of a Rosebank bottle; but does appear regularly due to its popularity so it is worth checking as we obtain new expressions all the time.

Alternatively, please check out the “silent distillery” section of our online store.

Here at Cask 88, in addition to a collection of carefully curated bottles from finest distilleries, we also offer collectors the chance of owning their very own cask. If this is of interest, then please check out this section of our website for our step by step walkthrough of the process.

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