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Overall rating
88.60/100
votes
32
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Particular - Consortium of Cards
Vintage
10.1988
Bottled
08.2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
DL 11693
Number of bottles
290
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
The Crackerjack
Barcode
5014218803952
Added on
13 Sep 2017 1:00 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 194.98

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32 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Port Dundas 1988 DL

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points

  1. jan.berg scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Color: white wine
    Viscosity: medium
    Dram: undiluted and diluted

    Conclusion / history:
    A 28 year old single grain from an already closed distillery is always something special. The expectation is of course correspondingly high. Port Dundas was built in the eponymous district of Glasgow on the Forth and Clyde canal from originally two malt distilleries of the same name by Daniel McFarlane in 1811 and by Brown, Gourlie & Co in 1813. In 1845, Coffey stills were installed in both distilleries. The two distilleries merged in the 1860s and became the largest in Scotland at the time. Even the chimney was the tallest in the world at that time and thus also shaped the cityscape. In addition to the coffey stills, pot stills continued to be distilled. The largest had a capacity of 24,000 gallons, making it the largest in the UK. The distillery had one superlative after another, but then fell victim to the wave of Diageo (DCL) closings, even though they were a founding member of the DCL in 1877. In 2011 the distillery was finally closed and demolished. But now to the whiskey. The whiskey starts out very fruity and sweet but is always accompanied by a certain sharpness and bitterness, which in my opinion comes from old barrels. Overall, I personally lack the depth and this constant bitterness and sharpness bothers me a bit. It also has some strange notes that are difficult to identify. A nice whiskey to start the whiskey evening, but nothing more. I've drunk old grains that knocked me off my stool more.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskeys
    80-94: top whiskey
    50-79: standard whiskey
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      Very fruity, sweet and deep nose, very creamy, also beautiful and many malty and grainy notes pour out of the glass, burnt popcorn, fresh rye farmer's bread from the oven, stored hay in the hayloft, vanilla pudding, oat biscuits, tropical fruits like guava, papaya, in addition, slightly spicy notes of ginger, chili and freshly ground pepper, slightly burnt shortbread biscuits, furniture polish, dried tobacco leaves, leather, slightly sour, fruity aromas of gooseberries, grapefruit, green apple, eggnog, omelet with paprika, muesli, something slightly musty, which I do can't really grab it, ACE juice, light grassy and floral notes, mushroom sauce, forest floor
    • Taste
      A powerful start and the alcohol carries the aromas very nicely, slightly spicy like ginger jam and wasabi, followed by a nice sweetness after freshly cooked vanilla pudding, there are further fruity and slightly sour notes, like green apple, gooseberries, grapefruit, very light citrus notes fades in the background to lime juice, nice creamy mouthfeel, but always accompanied by a certain spiciness, with water significantly more sweet notes come to light, toffee candy, popcorn, cotton candy, coconut blossom sugar, with a dilution to approx. 30% liquorice notes come out
    • Finish
      Sweet finish of vanilla pods and vanilla pudding, still really nice and creamy, but always accompanied by a bitterness and a certain spiciness reminiscent of ginger and chilli, plus popcorn, cotton candy and toffee candy according to Wertes Echter, in the background a nice fruitiness emerges that reminds of multivitamin juice

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice grain, not very complex but just a good, pleasant sweet and easy drinkable whisky, with a full body.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Pleasantly sweet, a lot of vanilla, but pretty light 'nose'. Grainy, typical grain aroma's. Also some eastern sweet aroma's, potpourri and spices.
      tasted this for a second time a year later: no light nose at all! Pretty full, still a lot of sweetness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very smooth, a little pepper, very sweet, vanilla, some little licorice, full taste. Along the way it's getting stronger and stronger, sweet drop, later on even some sulphur, like fireworks.
      tasted this one year later: stronger from the beginning, flavours quite the same.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very smooth yet still pretty strong. Vanilla, candy-like, 'schuimblokken'. Sweet drop. Likewise the body, the finish is getting stronger after some time. And the sulphur/fireworks appear in the finish as well.

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Mark-E scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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