This Port Ellen 1983 is kind of a private bottling for Botiglieria Corsini, a restaurant annex wine and spirits shop in Verona, Italy.
Port Ellen 11 yo 1983
(43%, Bottiglieria Corsini 1994)
Nose: very clean but nicely balanced. Lemons, vanilla, with growing coastal notes. Oyster juice. Hints of canvas and waxed papers. Hints of almonds, rubbed orange skin and mentholated notes. The sweet waxy side becomes louder and is quite gorgeous.
Mouth: surprisingly sharp and narrow. A lot of seawater, tarry notes and soft bitter herbs. In a second wave there’s a bit of sweet lemon and almond, but it’s certainly feeling younger and more austere than the nose suggested.
Finish: rather long, on apple peelings, liquorice and plenty of salt.
The youngest Port Ellen I could try, a very maritime version with some pleasant extras on the nose. Limited complexity though. Thank you, Pieter!