Founded between 1825 & 1836

                      

 

This distillery changed hands a few times before John Ramsay acquired it in 1836. It was run by him and his descendants until 1920 when it was sold to the Port Ellen Distillery Co Ltd.

James Stein married Margaret Ramsay in 1848 and became John's manager at the Port Ellen Distillery. He built a charming house on the edge of the village which they called 'Rosalind Cottage'.

Experts Comments

“The historical significance of Kennetpans to the history of distilling, even if little appreciated, can hardly be over-stated. This is the crucible in which the modern Scotch whisky industry was formed.”

Ian Buxton
Whisky Writer
Keeper of the Quaich
Ex Group Marketing Director for Glenmorangie