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Port Dundas is closed since 2009 and can be found on the northern edge of Glasgow’s city centre. Diageo moved the production to the nearby North British and Cameronbridge Distilleries. Clan Denny, a lable from Hunter Hamilton, has quite some grain whisky in its portolio of releases, including this 21 Year Old from 1992, bottled in 2013. It is a single cask.
Wow, what a sweet nose. All kinds of honey and sugar, confectionary candy, candied peach, cherries and dried raisins, but also loads of coffee and chocolate. Some toffee, some nuts, some coconut. But then the spices kick in: cinnamon, vanilla and some saffron. A nice floral element, as if from dried flowers, but not quite potpourri. Wonderful and layered.
It is dreadfully sweet, but it works perfectly. Mouth coating, creamy, round and very tasty. Honey and vanilla arrive first, immediately followed by pepper and cinnamon. It reminds me of bourbon, but offers a lot more depth. Quality Street Candy with a chocolate layer.
The finish is long, becomes more fruity again and remains warm from the spices, until it finally ends on coffee and vanilla ice cream.
Bulls eye, this Port Dundas. Quite a complex grain! Recommended.