Closed since 1983, the intervening 35 years have seen Port Ellen's reputation grow, and whiskies distilled there now change hands for thousands of pounds. However, earlier this year it was announced that the cult closed distillery would be revived, reopening by 2021.

For this tasting, we'll be joined by former Lagavulin distillery manager Georgie Crawford, who is leading the project to rebuild Port Ellen, and Diageo whisky ambassador Colin Dunn for an epic vertical of eight official releases of Port Ellen – from the 9th to the 16th edition.

Launched each year until 2017 as part of the annual Diageo Special Releases, the Port Ellens are the most sought after of the range. At the first Whisky Show in 2009 Colin Dunn led a legendary tasting of the first eight editions, and he is returning now, 10 years later, to present the next eight.

Port Ellen is hard to get hold of and now that it is no longer part of the annual Special Releases, it's going to get even harder. This is an excellent chance to see what the fuss is about and hear from Georgie what's coming next.

The Line-up

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