Port Dundas 20-year-old

Overall rating
87.34/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB26316
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon & Ex-Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
1920
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281028774
Added on
24 oct 2011 1:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 378.69

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Whisky reviews for Port Dundas 20-year-old

23 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.34 points.

  1. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Mahogany color, oily in the glass, very slow from the tears in the glass
    • Nose
      85 85
      caramelized nuts, cherry chocolate, rum, light soft stimuli of alcohol, a shade of nail polish sweet nail polish
    • Taste
      79 79
      volatile, strongly spicy spicy, cherry, cherry, dark chocolate fruity chocolate
    • Finish
      81 81
      powerful, burning sweet bitterness, long with a full sweet taste, soft candy sugar

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  3. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      So it's the sherry, which abounds. It is soft, but absolute and attacks the nostrils. These are candied fruits, a lot of cherries, figs, plums. It is also particularly chocolatey, pulling on molasses. Finally a whiskey very close to a rum, which I would rather describe as a rum of Hispanic tradition.
    • Taste
      The mouth is perfect, what a pleasure, what beautiful energy. Again, I have the feeling of tasting a fruity, caramelized rum. There are raisins, candied red fruits and of course always lots of chocolate. I imagine that the style of Port Dundas is frankly gummed up, but it is one of those whiskeys to be classified as pure pleasure. Of course if you take away the power, it's also a very consensual whisky, but sometimes it feels good and we just need that.
    • Finish
      There is a good length and without too much surprise, the aromatic line is continuous. Very typical rum, with slightly sweetened molasses, chocolate and the batch of candied fruit from the beginning.

  4. stradim scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    So much flavor, it was like an explosion in my mouth at first. However, very smooth and easy to drink at the same time. Definitely a whisky with a lot of character!

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Still a hammer part if you like a lot of barrels
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark wood notes. Tobacco. vanilla and sherry. cigar box. Mint and extremely intense oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Almost herbal liqueur in the mouth, tart. Oak, scissors sweetness on tart oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish shows wood, menthol, oak, tart and sweet and wood, tobacco without end, astringent and actually sometimes a rather grainy profile. Maybe due to age, the older ones didn't have it.

  6. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful single grain, ... and a recommendation for every Bourbon fan.
    • Nose
      The aroma is immediately reminiscent of a bourbon.
      Intense mixture of sherry and grain,
      as if the grains were still pickled.
      Very strong and expressive.
    • Taste
      Initially elegant, soft, creamy in the mouth.
      But a little later the full broadside.
      Massive and strong, it almost shakes me.
      The mouth fills with saliva.
      The eye does not stay dry.
      Here the wood notes are added to the aroma.
      Very neat and round.
      It's well balanced overall.
      Vanilla is now added.
      Everything as I like it.
      Wow! Really good.

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ** Great, but Expensive **

    Port Dundas closed just shy of two centuries of operation. The distillery closed the doors on the 1st of July 2009. The demolition of the iconic chimney was even broadcast live on television. We will taste an older one that Diageo launched in their yearly Special Editions of 2011. It was the first grain ever in that bespoke series. First it matured for three years on bourbon casks, then it got an impressive 17 year old second maturation on a combination of European oak, first fill bourbon casks and fomer sherry casks. The color says it all!
    The nose is simply stunning! Lots of sherry notes of cake with chocolate, plum liqueur, blueberries, oranges, candied syrup and parma violets (the purple gummi kind). Dates, strawberries, red-lace-candy, cherry juice and even something that reminds me of rum. Cinnamon and baker’s spices. Succulent, dark and complex.
    Sturdy arrival on the palate, nicely piquant on cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Immediately honeysweet on dark and red fruit, chocolate cookies with orange filling, hard strawberry candy but with a little extra in the guise of mild bitter wood notes. Some hazelnuts and cold coffee appear midpalate. Fine balance.
    The finish is long, dark, sweet, a tad bitter and drying, but most of all simply excellent!
    This is without a doubt one of the best Port Dundas – and maybe even grain whiskies – that I ever tried. Great but expensive!

  11. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A chameleon, ultra lots of wood, leather, tobacco, a little fruit, a lot of dark chocolate. The 3-fold Fassreifung (fresh European oak, ex-Sherry, ex-bourbon) has the say here.

  12. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Raisins, blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, dates, orange, hazelnut, nutmeg, plums, lavender, perfume, brown sugar and little glue.
    • Taste
      Blueberries, blackberries, raisins, chocolate, raspberry, honeydrop, toffee, hazelnut, nutmeg, hint of sawdust, little leather, ginger, grapefruit, hay and glue.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, hazelnut, forest fruits, chocolate, grapefruit, orange, raisins, little ginger, nutmeg, hint of oak and a touch of leather.

  13. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Obviously completely wood-driven, not really my kind of whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind sample from the 'Proef Olympics'. I really couldn't make up my mind whether this was a grain or a bourbon.
    • Nose
      Cherry, caramel, lemon zest, smoke. Diluted there's wood shavings and 'zure matten'.
    • Taste
      Cherry, blueberry, caramel, tonic, lime and smoke.
    • Finish
      Blueberry and caramel.

  15. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Spicy (cinnamon, pepper, clove), vanilla, coconut, sugary, fruity (apples, strawberries, raspberries), oaky
    • Taste
      Oaky, sweet, fruity (apples, exotic and grape fruit), rum, brown sugar
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, fruity, nutty

  19. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt




    Nose:
    Very pleasing mix of bourbon spices, plum wine and black pepper. In
    fact, there are some almost rum-like aromas conjuring up hints of
    cinnamon and apple crumble. Definitely a grain whisky, but one with a
    fantastic pedigree.
    Palate:
    A fabulously evocative palate that tastes extraordinarily like rye
    whiskey. There are hints of liquorice too, and apple pips, burnt brown
    sugar and maybe a little strudel, but overall rye whiskey is definitely
    brought to mind. I could even go so far as to say it strongly reminded
    me of Van Winkle 13!
    Finish: Long, spicy finish with dark fruit and almond.
    Overall: A very good and very different old grain whisky. Definitely worth trying!



  20. ML89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Cast Olila scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. bull10298 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the most intriguing Special Releases for some time, this Port Dundas from
    Glasgow?s eponymous closed grain distillery marks a significant departure for
    the range, which ventures into single grain whisky territory for the first time
    here. The bottling comprises spirit from three different casks, all distilled in
    1990, and initially aged for three years in refill wood, then matured in equal
    parts for 17 more years in either new American oak bodega, new European oak
    charred or first fill ex-Bourbon American oak casks. The result is a very
    curious beast indeed! The nose is buttery and waxy, with wood polish, dates,
    sultanas and vanilla. Viscous on the palate, with Bourbon, Caribbean rum,
    vanilla, wood varnish, nuts and corn oil. The finish is long and spicy.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=pd

     

  23. numen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Now that's rich sherry. Honey, caramel stewed with syrupy dates,
      chocolate, wood, and red jammy strawberries. Vanilla, cake frosting,
      cinnamon, and other sweet brown baking spices emerge with time. Spice
      came and rum. Really delicious. Actually, I could even mistake this for a
      lighter, but not overly sweet, demerara rum.
    • Taste
      Thick and pretty much everything that was on the nose. Bitter, grainy
      coffee, too, with everything else. A little more wood. Oily/syrupy.
      Ginger, pepper, baking spices, caramel, and more of that demerara rum
      with vanilla. Really enjoying this.
    • Finish
      Really great length and it merges everything in a really superb combo.
      Sweet, delicious bitterness, spice, rum, and both sherry and bourbon
      barrels come out. Shows just how great grain and sherry can come
      together. I'm totally on board with this

  24. erikz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      95 95

  25. erikz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My first Grain. I'm impressed, though this beauty doesn't seem to handle the high alcohol levels comfortably, the alcohol kills the flavors. A 3cl dram requires about 3tsp of water for me. Would recommend this to any drinker!
    • Nose
      A walk through a pine forest after a rainy morning, with lots of caramel which overpowers the nose at first. After adding some water vanilla comes through and the caramel becomes more of a back ground feature.
    • Taste
      Wow! Grainy pine needles, dried fruits, stevia like sweets, candy hearts with hints of vanilla all the way through. Round and smooth.

      Water opens up the flavours, for me it needs quite a lot.
    • Finish
      Spicy, and smooth finish. Longest finished I've experienced so far. Leaves me wanting more.

  26. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A 20 year old Port Dundas from 1990, the first grain whisky to be part of Diageo`s yearly Special Releases range. This has a bit of history, starting with 3 years in bourbon casks before being `finished` for a further 17 years in new European oak, first fill bourbon and ex-sherry casks. TWE

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