1988 Port Dundas 28 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1331554

$89.99

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Tasting Notes

Closed by Diageo in 2009, Port Dundas was formerly a grain distillery that operated in North Glasgow, providing the base whiskies for White Horse and Johnnie Walker. Over the years we have bottled a number of wonderful old grain casks for reasonable prices, and today is no exception. This 28 year old beauty is a candyland of excitement. It has flashes of sweet stonefruit and strawberry preserve. The palate jumps from toasted, candied coconut to vanilla shortbread and then back to honey granola and cinnamon sugar toast. There is a glazed nutty finish and enough punch from the 52.9% alcohol to keep everything on track and never cloying. The days of drinking closed distilleries at reasonable prices feel like they're long gone, but in the grain whiskey sector, the dream of drinking distilleries past is alive and well!

Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    9/13/2018
    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.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    9/13/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Port Dundas has distilled some of the best single grain whisky I've ever tasted. What was a simple whisky in its youth has concentrate after nearly thirty years in a refill hogshead into something utterly delectable. This whisky is all about nuance showing impeccable but slightly shy orchard fruit on the nose. With air it starts to open up, reminding me of Williams Birne eau-de-vie, a light toasty nose of creamy grain, and hints of herbs and dried leaves. On the palate we have tons of candied apple, big vanilla bean, sprinkled with a little cocoa. I love to sell these as drier less oaky bourbon although we'll never know if it was distilled from corn or wheat, but this is the perfect gift for someone when you don't know their tastes or if you want to offer something unusual without scaring off your less experienced friends. Plus 28 years for less than $90, that's impressive on its own.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    9/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The 28 year old Port Dundas from Old Particular shows a wonderful shortbread and apricot nose with a nice lemon rind citrus thread. It has a great grip to it at full proof or with a touch of water, but the water really opens this up to a broad fruity and slightly spicy palate, finishing with a great dose of grain and spice. It's hard to believe this was meant for blending into JW Red or White Horse; it's fantastic! I love the single grain whiskies from Scotland as a nice counterpoint to the single malts — showing why whisky is the king in Scotland!
    Top Value!
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    9/8/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Another good example of cask strength grain whisky. The Port Dundas showed best for me without water. The nose was expressive with delicate caramel notes. In the mouth this is a whisky of finesse,with delicate and layered caramel notes that are enjoyable and interesting. Addition of water continued the same flavor profile but everything was softer and lighter.

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