Port Dundas 14yo, 2004-2019, Single Grain, Old Particular
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: PX Sherry Butt Finish (# DL13039, 413 btl.)
Colour: Bright amber.
Nose: A spicy start on the nose with pine needles and fine oak. Then notes of the sherry butt come through with brown sugar, molasses and dark fruits, followed by acacia honey, cereals and lingering creamy vanilla in the back.
Palate: Sweet, creamy and slightly warming on the palate with sherry and dark fruits, treacle and raisins. Brown sugar and notes of dark chocolate arrive, followed by a lingering nuttiness towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium long and rich. Slightly warming with some dark fruits, followed by creamy vanilla and delicate walnuts towards the end.
With water: By adding a few drops of water there's a bit more sherry coming through accompanied by brown sugar and dark fruits. Significantly more cereal flavours on the nose, too. Sweet, soft and creamy on the palate with significantly more delicate nutty flavours. The finish is a bit shorter, sweet and dry on the tail with some oak and walnuts.
Comments: Another impressive single grain whisky from the sadly closed Port Dundas distillery. Quite young for a grain whisky but already rich and complex in flavours with a delicate sweetness that is balanced with dark fruits, pleasant spices and a really enjoyable nuttiness. Definitely one for my cupboard which, however, won't last very long I suppose. Quaffable both neat or diluted.
Port Dundas 25yo, Single Grain, 1991-2016, Cask Strength Collection
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Bottling: Signatory Vintage
Cask type: Hogshead (#50403, 258 btl.)
Nose: Sweet start on the nose with lots of vanilla, biscuits and toffee. The alcohol is very present but not pungent. Subtle notes of spiced oak, cinnamon and cloves in the back.
Palate: Wow - much sweeter than the nose suggests. Custard, icing sugar and apples. Sweet oranges at first but turn into slighty bitter ones with time. This is complemented by a warming mix of alcohol and spices - oak, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves. Quite oily on the tongue with lovely toffee notes towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, warm and creamy with delicate red apples coming through. Slightly bitter oak, orange peel and cloves on the tail.
With water: Water tames both the alcoholic bite and the vanilla sweetness bringing more bitter orange peel and slightly perfume-like notes to the fore. The vanilla sweetness, however, continues on the palate nicely combined with toffee, oranges and red apples. Slightly warm with significantly tamed spices. The finish is a bit shorter, subtle warm but still spicy, with lovely notes of red apples and oranges on the tail.
Comments: Behind the alcoholic curtain, this single grain whisky shows a lovely vanilla and toffee sweetness. Reasonably complex and packed with delicate notes of oranges and red apples, especially when diluted. Quite drinkable neat but opens up very nicely with a few drops of water. A rich and rare independent bottling from the closed Port Dundas distillery.
I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph (displays a previous bottling)!