Port Dundas 21 Year Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
For anyone who is not long into a whisky journey then a stop off at grain whisky is a must.
Grain whisky has been in the past seen as the poor relation to malt whisky and in some cases justifiable but there is some amazing grain whisky to be found. The value of grain whisky cannot be understated in the contribution to the whisky industry. Without the marriage of malt and grain that make the blends then a lot of distilleries that produce our favourite malts might not be here today.
10 years ago in Glasgow there was 2 grain distilleries, Diageo's Port Dundas and Chivas Brothers Strathclyde, then in 2010 Diageo shut down Port Dundas to centralise all grain production. Cameron Bridge and the shared North British Distillery continued Diageo's production. The Port Dundas product was used in Johnny Walker, J&B, Haig, White Horse and Black & White and I do remember the clear smell of production gripping the city centre on cold clear mornings. So when Douglas Laing put their name on a bottle you know it will be a an excellent example of whisky. Now I did have a sneak taste at Douglas Laing HQ with Tom and we will be running a full review of our visit soon, but after tasting The Port Dundas I just had to go out and buy my own piece of Glasgow's whisky history and while its still available I would happily recommend this fantastic dram to anyone!
A nice big and fresh nose with hints of honey, cinnamon and slight cocoa with wood.
A nice big sweet opening with a lovely underlying spiciness. A pleasant coating of vanilla and the flavour of Bourbon is also contributing.
A great combination of honey and cocoa with a lively spiced finish.
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