Whisky Review: Port Dundas 27 Years Old 1988 Old Particular Cask 10981

Category: Single grain scotch whisky

Origin: Port Dundas Distillery (Closed)

Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular

ABV: 54.8%

Cost: £Discontinued

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What they say:

This is an independently bottled single grain Scotch whisky from the Port Dundas distillery, presented as part of the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in October 1988 and set aside to age in a refill hogshead cask, until said cask was cracked open and drained of the delicious whisky within in November 2015. 218 bottles were produced.

Nose: Classic single grain sweetness comes through clearly in the shape of fresh honey and golden syrup.

Palate: Icing sugar, vanilla cream and a few bourbon-like notes.

Finish: Christmas-y spiced fruit on the finish.

What I say:

Sampled during our 2015 Christmas visit to Douglas Laing HQ. Our gracious host Jan Beckers started the evening with a mojito made from Scallywag Speyside blended malt whisky, Ginger Beer, Apple juice and a sprig of mint. Next we started with a some well aged but lighter single grains, both from the nearby closed Port Dundas distillery. This one had been aged 27 years and bottled in their Old Particular range.

Colour:

Sark yellow/amber gold (7/20), light tears and fine legs

Nose:

Vanilla cream or buttercream icing, vanilla sponge cake/fairy cakes, dusted with icing sugar, sweet honey and syrup

Taste:

Sweet and creamy vanilla again like vanilla buttercream icing with the oiliness of the grain whisky and light in body, a cereal popcorn spiced with some pepper and cinnamon

Finish:

Short and sharp, some woody brown sugar/Muscovado

Overall:

Classic bourbon-matured single grain whisky, the age had tempered most of the harsher grain whisky edges leaving a mass of creamy sweetness.

Score: 83/100

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