Port Ellen 1969, 15 years old Gordon & MacPhail / 40%/ 0,75l – Port Ellen Distillery was founded in 1825 and fell victim to whisky overproduction of the 1970s and 80s and ceased production in 1983. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Port Ellen single malt experienced generous supply through Independent Bottlers with rather modest demand. Now we face completely different scenario with demand going through the roof and no remaining stock. The Gordon & MacPhail edition, bottled over 30 years ago for the Italian importer Co. Pinerolo is a rare example of Port Ellen single malt in its teens. The whisky was distilled in 1969 and aged in refill sherry casks for 15 years.
Nose: well balanced, peaty with quite strong mineral notes, wet rocks, sea breeze, tar, touch of rubber, apples, grapefruits, prunes and hints of pepper.
Palate: peaty and fruity, slightly oily, seaweed salad, prunes, bitter oranges, caramel, licorice, dark chocolate, grain of salt, touches of hay and oak.
Finish: long, peaty and sweet, with notes of eucalyptus, caramel and distinctive saltiness.