Port Dundas 1990 20 Year Old Whisky 2011 Bottling
A Very Rare Port Dundas Single Grain 20 Year Old.
Rare as a Single Grain at ANY age!
This is the first time there has been a Single Grain Whisky in the Diageo Special Releases.
From the Diageo Special Releases of 2011
With only 1920 individually numbered bottles, this will be sought after.
The First EVER official bottling at this age.
With liquid from three different casks - distilled in 1990, aged three years in refill, then in equal parts aged for 17 more years in either new American Oak Bodega, new European Oak Charred or first fill ex-Bourbon American Oak.
Official Port Dundas Tasting Notes
Overview - Rich, dense and seemingly impenetrable - an unusual and hugely challenging whisky whose very elegant complexities are only fully revealed by adding water. Like a fine, aged rum dancing with an elegant, oily Riesling.
Appearance - Deep polished chestnut. Fine beading.
Nose - Mild, drying nose-feel. Vinous, with traces of cherry (kirsch-filled dark chocolates), well-worn leather and pencil shavings. Opens slowly, revealing woody, spicy aromas (black tea, molasses, dates and linseed oil) then delicate sweet notes of ripe banana, chocolate and vanilla cream. Finally turns fresh, resinous, herbal. Beautifully coherent with water, which lifts the wood-notes (fresh-cut sappy pine), until it becomes the inside of an old school desk (and all its contents) fusing with vanilla ice cream.
Body - Dense, liqueur-like.
Palate - Initially languorous, varnish, linseed oil. A smooth, rich texture and a sweet taste, growing into a compelling, layered, waxy, nuttiness (brazils, walnuts). Poppy-seed? Silky smooth with water and altogether more rounded; the texture smooth, the taste sweet. The wood cuts through - sandalwood (pencil box), white pepper and hints of vanilla.
Finish - Glorious, lingering and complex. Simultaneously drying yet coating, with notes of liquorice, aniseed and burnt sugar and oak-wood in the aftertaste. With water - beautifully smooth, long and rounded, with velvety tannins.
One of Scotland's most respected and oldest grain distilleries, Port Dundas, established 1811 - 1813, unfortunately though, the Distillery closed in 2009 and is no longer producing.
From Port Dundas Distillery
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