1978 Port Dundas 36 Year Old Sovereign K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky (750ml)

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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. Grain whisky, made on a Coffey still from corn rather than barley, is rarely sold on its own, but this ancient cask from a silent distillery was too good to pass up. And the price! 36 years of rich, creamy, vanilla-laden whisky at cask strength for $150! Grain whisky is back in a big way, but while the rest of the market catches up we've been grabbing casks at bargain basement prices. This Port Dundas is a viscous beast of caramel that begins with toffee and finishes with butterscotch like a Werther's Original. A hot deal while it lasts.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2015 | Send Email
This is an enigmatic whisky from an equally mysterious distillery. The whisky needs some time, it needs you to take a step back and take some time with it. Big powerful vanilla nose (almost like a roasted vanilla). The palate has tons of phenol (it's not peat) but definitely some dark earthy flavors. There's also tons of fresh exotic botanicals in there (ginseng, orris, ginger, meadowsweet?) and then those dark dense phenolic flavors coming back. Diesel oil, roasted chestnuts, burning coal. Massively weird and totally special.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
I'll say it: this is my favorite barrel from the new shipment of casks that just landed. It's just ridiculously awesome, especially for the stupidly cheap price. 36 year old whisky for the price of most 18 year old single malts, and it's full of rich vanilla, decadent caramel, and a long, enveloping finish. It's like sucking on a Werther's Original candy. Incredible stuff, and again: the price. It's just crazy how undervalued grain whisky is right now.

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Alcohol Content (%): 60.1