Archive PORT ELLEN 19 YEAR OLD 1970 Galo Limited Edition

PORT ELLEN 19 YEAR OLD 1970 Galo Limited Edition 40%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 75cl, Ref: COL14478

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The colourful figure behind the Italian bottlers Sestante is Ernesto Mainardi, who, like many of his importer-distributor colleagues, began his career as a sales representative, before opening a bar in Parma and then founding his own import company in the early 1980s. Ernest immediately set himself apart by offering two versions of every bottling, one at cask strength and the other at 40% ABV. But it was above all the incredible quality of his selections from renowned distilleries and brokers, including the mythical Bowmore 1965 and 1971, that enabled him to develop limited editions for other bars and establishments. This 1970 Port Ellen was bottled for Gallo in 1989, which has, despite its 40% ABV, maintained all of its intensity. Throughout the tasting, it wavers between land, sea and sky.

incredibly forthcoming. With lots of roundness, the rich first nose wavers between the bourbon cask ageing (crème brûlée, caramel), malted barley and sherry’s influence (raisin and stone fruits). Its vegetal and floral character allows more iodine flavours to appear in the distance, confirmed by a very marine palate and then swept away by citrus fruit and rich notes of nougat. Finally, an oily peat appears and confirms its influence with the dried extracts found on the empty glass.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : gold with glints of copper.
  • Nose : magical and round. The nose evokes a crème brûlée with rich notes of butter, caramel and germinating malted barley. A more Mediterranean note of Corinthian raisin brings a more typical touch. Allowed to breathe, it is a veritable deluge of very concentrated vegetal and floral notes, a sort of prelude to the mineral and salty fragrances that suddenly appear in a surge. Seafood scattered with peppery notes attempts to rival the subtle smoke escaping from the pagodas which inexorably takes us to solid ground and the scent of hot tarmac.
  • Palate : incredibly expressive for a bottling at 40% ABV. The attack is superbly peaty and salty. It then reveals flavours of lemon, pine and brown honey which linger on nougat and delicious notes of marzipan. This richness then becomes increasing spicy and smoky as the tasting goes on.
  • Overall : long, delicately salty. Characterized by sweet almond and walnut, the finish wavers between sweet pastry and confectionery.
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.

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