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Archive PORT ELLEN 1979

PORT ELLEN 1979

Single Malt, Scotland / Islay 70cl Ref: 17740

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : or soutenu.
  • Nose : fin, profond. De nombreux fruits (poire, pomme, ananas, citron) viennent rafraîchir une tourbe divinement élégante. Port Ellen resplendit dès les premiers instants. Du sel, du gingembre, du poivre blanc et des algues nous emmènent ensuite respirer l’air frais de la mer. Puis, une fine fumée se détache sur un ciel bleu azur alors que les pagodes de l’ancienne distillerie se dressent devant nous.
  • Palate : délicate, racée. La tourbe omniprésente s’approprie le palais avec grâce et distinction. Laiteuse (coco), herbacée, réglissée, épicée (muscade), médicinale (baume, camphre), fruitée (mirabelle, poire Williams), florale (vétiver), légèrement cendrée, huileuse, douce-amère (citron vert) et vanillée, elle est avant tout un modèle de finesse et d’équilibre.
  • Overall : longue, interminable. Elle conserve longtemps toutes les saveurs de la bouche avant de devenir finement cacaotée. Insatiable, elle repart de plus belle à travers les champs de tourbe et d’orge qui la séparent de son élément de prédilection : la mer. Des notes de poisson fumé et de coquillages précèdent une rétro olfaction gorgée de sels minéraux. Plus tard, une tourbe épicée et herbacée s’échappe du verre vide.
The brand

The brand

Built in 1824 in the south of the Isle of Islay, Port Ellen was the site of numerous technological experiments that revolutionised the whisky industry in the 20th century. Closed between 1930 and 1969, it opened a malting centre on its site in 1973 tasked with supplying all the distilleries on the island with smoky malted barley. Again closed in 1983, Port Ellen lost its production licence in 1992 and, with it, all hope of ever producing whisky again. At the beginning of the millennium, the majority of its buildings were knocked down, leaving only the pagodas and warehouses. Though the end of the 90s and the beginning of the millennium were a prosperous time for single cask, cask strength versions from independent bottlers, this very iodine and smoky malt has become increasingly rare over the last five years.

Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

Created in 1999, this range is devoted to very old, very rare whiskies, some of which will never again be available (in particular those from the St Magdalene and Port Ellen distilleries). These are, of course, single malts of the highest quality, bottled in ultra-small batches, mostly at 46% ABV, but sometimes at 43% or 40% in the case of whiskies for which the ‘angel’s share’ was particularly generous.

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