P.S. About the old stock, the pricing is such that I don't have the money to buy Port Ellen. Luckily friend of mine bought one and offered me a dram of it. It was excellent stuff, I must say.
The Port Ellen is no longer there and that's a fact gentlemen. I love the Port Ellen too as much as you do. but it has now become a legend, why destroy a legend like the Port Ellen?
What do you think?
Will it be back?
Do you want it back?
Can it be done?
I think that questions like these, are the beginning of a discussion wich will never end. Otherwise we may start a discussion about the other lost distilleries too on Islay, such as Bridgend, Port Charlotte, Octomore, Ballygrant etc.
Lets keep it that way, that the Port Ellen is about to finish its last stock, and lets enjoy that, becaus if you look at the prices, there's a Port Ellen for every one of us. If the Port Ellen should be brought back to life, then why nobody ever did this in the eighties, while the "wounds" where still fresh, and able to heal again.
Let the past to be the past, and never the future......
I think its still a possibility, I was there in the Summer, and the buildings remain intact, most equitment gone, yes, but in this day and age it would not be too difficult to get new replica equitment, bring back the old recipes and bang! It's back.
No kidding, it will take a few quid but for sure it would be worth it, no?
But is it worth the gamble if it were not quite the same? I think not, the discussion continues?
Or shall we just buy all the bottles we can find and HIDE them away?
It's not that easy to bring back a distilery of that kind a live. It won't be the same, it's not only the equipment, but it's also the atmosphere and surroundings etc who play a very big part in to it, and most important ingredient of all: human(the old workforce). There's a lot more involved to bring it back as it was before....
Why not let it rest? And enjoy the last stock. I think that you are ruin a legend, if someone makes a move to it. If you bring one back to life, then make plans for some other distilleries too.
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