By: Will Blakely
K&L Staff Member
Supremely elegant and, at times, understated, this barrel from Port Dundas took its time. The smell was rather subdued at first, revealing mainly the high proof of the liquid in the glass. Upon tasting, I noted immediately how fresh and how surprisingly light on its feet it was for a 28 year old. Saline and marzipan provided the backbone for myriad flowers, subtle pears and white peach. Revisiting the nose after allowing the whisky to breathe conjured biscuits and honey followed closely by whiffs of warm baking spice. The slightest touch of water coaxed more fruits from the glass, as well bringing balance to the texture. Grace, rather than power, is the goal here, and this bottle succeeds admirably. It is refreshing to see whisky challenge you to find all the intricate facets of its flavor rather than overwhelming your senses until you submit. I challenge anyone to find greater finesse and complexity than this for under $100.