PORT ELLEN 40 YO 1979 G&M 54,7%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 57588

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Located on the south coast of the island of Islay, Port Ellen closed its doors in 1983. At least this is what we thought until the announcement of the reopening of this mythical distillery by the end of the year. This venerable Port Ellen, distilled in 1979, has aged 40 years in a second fill puncheon sherry cask. With a beautiful deep golden colour, it shows a rich profile with notes of peat and cooked apples. A limited edition of 407 bottles. The 'Private Collection' range encapsulates the very essence of Gordon & MacPhail philosophy to do right by the whisky. It features a truly exceptional and unique collection of greatly-aged single malts from celebrated, little-known and closed distilleries across Scotland.

Peaty, fruity. Caramelized apples, balsamic, smoky.

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  • Appearance : Deep gold
  • Nose : Riche, fumé. Agrumes confits, citrons au sel, réglisses, compote.
  • Palate : Intense, grasse. Épices douces, poivre noir, pommes cuites, zestes d'orange.
  • Overall : Longue, douce. Notes cendrées.
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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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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.

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Selected by the directors of Gordon & MacPhail, the whiskies that make up the Private Collection all present exceptional quality and character. These rare, vintage single malts are usually from the top distilleries (Caol Ila, Glenlivet, Longmorn etc.), and are presented in very limited, sometimes totally unique bottlings. “Decades” is also part of the Private Collection range; this consists of six bottlings of Glenlivet, one per decade from the 1940s to the 1990s.

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