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Scotland County Highland Games - Whisky Raffle

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Each year, as part of the Scotland County Highland Games, we conduct a whisky tasting and whiskey raffle. These are separate events. You do not need to attend the tasting to purchase a raffle ticket. Tickets to attend the Whisky Tasting are $40 and may be purchased by visiting www.carolina-highlandgames.com.

Raffle tickets are only $10 a piece and may be purchased by clicking the "Tickets" button on this page. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the closing ceremonies of the Scotland County Highland Games on Saturday, October 7th. Must be 21 to purchase raffle ticket - by clicking on "Tickets" you are confirming your age of 21 or older.

PLEASE REMEMBER - YOU DO NOT need to be present to win the raffle.

This year, we will be raffling of a very rare bottle of 1978 Port Ellen - 2nd release - with cask strength, and number. A look online shows a handful of bottles for sale in England and 1 in Hong Kong. All costing well into 4-figures

Note: This bottle has been donated and ALL proceeds go to the Scotland County Highland Games.

Port Ellen History
The Port Ellen distillery was founded in 1825 by Alexander Ker Mackay. The distillery lies not far from the centre of its namesake town, Islay’s main port, and draws its waters from the Leorin Lochs. John Ramsay, a local Member of Parliament, acquired the distillery after Mackay went into bankruptcy. Ramsay was a leader in his field and recognized the opportunities that exportation to America could offer. The distillery remained in the Ramsey family for over 80 years, as the distillery distinguished itself. After transitioning from the Ramsey family, the distillery continued to release award-winning spirits. However, it did not survive the downturn in the industry in the early 1980s - and closed in 1983.

Tasting - According to Scotchwhisky.com
Port Ellen’s smokiness is quite different to the rest of its neighbors on Islay’s south coast, being both highly maritime in nature alongside a sharp lemon element, light tar and some oiliness in the texture. Because most of the bottlings have been matured in refill casks it is rare to find a Port Ellen with a huge amount of oak. While this accentuates the smokiness it also lends it a somewhat austere nature.

As the world’s love of smoky whiskies has increased so its stock has risen – not necessarily because of it having any greater qualities than its neighbors but simply because it is rare. It is fast becoming a whisky only investors can afford to buy.


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