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Port Dundas 1964 Scott's Selection

Baked banana with candied sugar

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

7th Jul 2011


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This grain distillery can be found a few miles north of the heart of Glasgow, in the Lowlands, and is the property of drinks giant Diageo. In april 2010 (on the 200th anniversary of the distillery), they closed it for economical reasons. 140 people lost their jobs. The grain whisky produced here formed the packers in blends such as Haig, Johnnie Walker and White Horse. Today, I'm trying a Scott's Selection Port Dundas 1964, bottled at cask strength at 46 years old.

The nose bursts with vanilla and corn on the cob, but it also has some sultanas in there. Marzipan, butterscotch, crème brûlée and a pinch of safron make this a complexe and very interesting nose. After a while, it offers banana with candid sugar. Lovely.

Unfortunately, the attack is rather watery, but after a few seconds in the mouth, you do get a nice array of dark fruits (prunes, figs). Sherry cask, probably. Softly spiced and a touch bitter at the end.

The finish, unfortunately, is where things fall apart. This Port Dundas is gone before you know it. Pity!

While a bottle is between £100 and £130 nowadays - which is a lot for a single grain, but a bargain if you consider this is almost half a century old - I do find it worth seeking this one out. It's one of the best single grains I've had and can compete with many single malts out there (despite the weak finish).

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michaelschout commented

Like most of the whiskies you review, I wish I could get my hands on this. It sounds quite rare though.

12 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

@michaelscout, indeed, this is quite rare, but not totally unfindable, though. Although I don't think it's available in your neck of the woods (LCBO probably doesn't carry this one). Maybe @Pudge72 knows, he's from Ontario as well.

12 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

Port Dundas is definitely not at the LCBO...they don't typically carry significantly older (30+ years) offerings unless they have become 'famous' (Glenfiddich 50 yo for a mere CAN$26,000 anyone?!?!...quick, get it soon as there is (mercifully) only one bottle available). Special orders through LCBO are warned on the website to cost 3 - 4x the local market retail price (and can only be done by the case it would seem), plus some other bizarre fees that make it almost pointless to attempt. It would probably be cheaper to take a weekend trip to the US and find a store that carries it...good luck! :)

12 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

Just out of curiousity, I found this - not a Port Dundas - from Binny's, an excellent retailer in the Chicago area: binnys.com/spirits/…

12 years ago 0

russmerle1207 commented

I got this bottle for Christmas and being as old as it is, I have decided to open it at a later date. Therefore, I am especially grateful that you decided to review it because yours is the only one out here. I feel better about my incessant gift hinting now that someone has claimed it to be a descent Scotch. Thanks again for the review and keep them coming. I am feeling pretty good about getting my hands on a bottle while it was still "new" to the market. :) Here it is for sale for all who are interested... ll / / www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-14936.aspx

11 years ago 0

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