Port Dundas 1995 vW

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 apr 2019 4:11 pm by IsleofArrik
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 101.51

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Whisky reviews for Port Dundas 1995 vW

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.88 points.

  1. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      vanilla, malted grains, toasted dark bread
    • Taste
      83 83
      tasty! quite full, with tones of glue, coconut, vanilla, typical grain profile.
    • Finish
      84 84
      not very complex, quite nice to drink, ethanol is well woven into the tastes

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  3. ailean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  4. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Port Dundas is a closed distillery and that's why some would want to try their whiskies more than others, as long as they last. This whisky could be picked if you want to have something that may be a typical product. That being said, I don't think that it's exceptionally good.

    You need to know what grain whisky is about. It is probably mostly matured in refill casks (and I don't know what grade of refill). The quality of the wood doesn't seem to have been great in this case. On the nose it's distillate driven and more or less a typical grain whisky. In the mouth, the harshness from the wood (giving more tannins than fruity elements) obviously shows.

    If you just want to sip a good whisky, I would recommend other drams.
    • Nose
      82 82
      When nosing this whisky, I ask myself how many times (or for how many years (the hogshead would have been used as I seem to get many distillate-driven aromas after 22 years of maturation. The degree to which I smell glue and nailpolish remover is rather large. Apart from that, there is pencil shaving, banana candy, cotton candy and butterscotch. There is a slight mineral and spicy side of wood and pepper, but not much as it seems. It's not bad, but not standing out either.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The attack is powerful and sweet on the one side, but also a tad tannic/spicy on the other side. The sweet side is represented by butter biscuit and vanilla custard, and banana candy. There is still a starchy note of corn and even cardboard, and pencil shaving. At the same time, there is this peppery and gingery dryness, on grape pip.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Quite long and a bit hot and tannic even. It's not that creamy profile that you might expect, nor is it any improvement on that. The wood will have given more taste-related characteristics than nose-related characteristics.
      So aside from that dry note, there is still glue and nailpolish remover, furniture polish, industrial solvent, pencil shaving, candy and butterscotch.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nougat & Marzipan
    Did you know that the Port Dundas Distillery was founded in 1811 by Daniel MacFarlane but that in 1813 Brown, Goulier & Co built a second distillery in the same industrial area north of Glasgow and actually called… Port Dundas Distillery as well? That would be quite impossible today, of course. In 1865 they merged and in 2009 the distillery closed. I’ll try a grain from 1995 at cask strength bottled by the Dutch company van Wees under their The Ultimate label.
    Classic, very sweet nose. Caramel, butterscotch, Werther’s Original and toffee. All cousins, of course. That is joined by famer’s butter, banana candy, coconut and milk chocolate. Hint of nougat and marzipan. Wilde flowers and candied sugar. Nice mix and while rather simple, pretty inviting as well.
    Pretty smooth arrival despite the high ABV. Immediately some spices, naturally. Think cinnamon, white pepper and ginger. Some liquorice too. But then the sweetness kicks in with a vengeance: caramel, chocolate, coconut and some vanilla ice cream. Liquid dessert. Not complex, but simply very good.
    The finish is pleasantly long, a bit warm and drying, but sweet until the end, as if I have a cube of cane sugar in my mouth.
    Not a grand grain, but very pleasant. Put this on the table while playing a board game and the bottle will not survive the evening. Thanks for the sample, Manny!

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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