Most advent calendars stop on Christmas Eve…but not ours. We still have one more special dram to enjoy on Christmas Day. But until tomorrow we have this stunning grain whisky to sip with family while waiting for Santa to come. Before we get to the whisky info, here’s a video to help you get excited for the fat man in a red suit…
- Age: 27 Years
- Distilled/Bottled: October, 1988/October, 2015
- ABV: 56.7% (Cask Strength)
- Cask(s): Refill Hogshead/Cask #HL12135
- Chill Filtration: No
- Coloring Added: No
- Outturn: #74 of 221 Bottles
- Other Info: “27 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Port Dundas distillery in Glasgow. It was distilled back in October 1988 and left to age in a refill hogshead until October 2015, when Hunter Laing saw fit to bottle this as part of their Sovereign series, home to many ace grain whiskies. 221 bottles were produced.” –Master of Malt
- For more info on Single Malt vs Single grain Whisky…read this article or watch the video below.
Tasting Notes: Coming Soon…
Port Dundas Distillery: (ScotchWhisky.com)
- Founded in 1811
- At its height, Port Dundas was the largest distillery in Scotland.
- With its good transport links and prime location in the city, which had become the blending powerhouse of Scotland, Port Dundas grew in size to become the largest distillery in Scotland. By 1885, its three Coffey and five pot stills were producing over two million gallons a year and, in an approach we’d today label as innovative, was using ‘American corn’, barley, and rye.
- In 1903 the distillery caught fire. In 196, it caught fire again!!
- Its neighbour, Dundashill (which itself would be absorbed within the complex in 1902), was at that time the largest pot still distillery in the world, its two wash stills and 10 spirit stills making both double- and triple-distilled malt, peated and unpeated. There was a cooperage, housed in the former Dundashill building, and a piggery – the swine being fed on draff. The whole site was topped by a 138-metre brick chimney, for a time the highest in the world. *See demolition video below.
- In 2010 its owner Diageo decided to concentrate its grain production at the vastly expanded Cameronbridge. Although there were offers from rival distillers to buy Port Dundas they foundered – possibly because of the potential cost of another upgrade. In 2011, production ceased and the site was demolished. The landmark had gone.
Video #1: ‘Port Dundas Distillery Chimney Demolition’ (CompletelyRadon-Youtube)
Video #2: ‘Malt Whisky vs Grain Whisky’ (HowCast)