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Hugh Smith’s letter from Islay

PORT ELLEN DISTILLERY, which stands on the outskirts of the island village and port, had more than its share of ups and downs since it first opened its doors as a malt mill in 1825.

In charge of the initial development was A K MacKay and Company, with Alex Kerr MacKay at the helm. Shortly after production began, MacKay ran into serious financial trouble and had no choice but to hand control over to a trio of his relatives – John Morrison, Patrick Thomson and George MacLellan.

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