In 1983 the Port Ellen distillery was shut down and dismantled. Today the remaining Port Ellen stores and the malting facility are owned by Diageo.
The remaining Port Ellen whisky is in high demand partly since it is very good, but also because it will never be produced again.
The malting facility is still active under the name Port Ellen Maltings and supplies the other Islay distilleries with some of their malt. This part of the former distillery is likely to survive; in an effort to conserve jobs on Islay.
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