The Johnnie Walker Port Ellen Blend is considered a “Ghost” whisky, meaning it comes from a distillery that has been closed down. The Port Ellen Blend is one of a series of eight handpicked whiskies that includes three ghost whiskies. In the case of the Port Ellen Blend, the distillery closed its operations in 1983. The blend also includes ghost whiskies from Caledonian and Carsebridge (which add a creamy, vanilla sweetness) and rare malt expressions from Mortlach, Dailuaine, Cragganmore, Blair Athol, and Oban. According to Johnnie Walker, the Port Ellen Blend is “exceptionally balanced with layers of creamy vanilla sweetness on the nose, rolling waves of waxy citrus, rich malt and tropical fruit flavors on the palate, and the unmistakable lingering finish of Port Ellen maritime smokiness.”
The Port Ellen Blend comes in an appropriately designed bottle, each of which is individually numbered. The blue glass gives it an ethereal quality, as if it really was an out-of-this-world spirit. The bottle also comes with a map of Scotland that details where the ghost distilleries were located. The Port Ellen Blend will be available come this fall for $349.99 per bottle—a steal considering that a 35 Year Port Ellen can be purchased for around $3,650.