Port Dundas 1995 Aged 24 Years Single Grain Scotch Whisky – Infrequent Flyers #11 (700ml)
Volume: 700ml ABV: 58.4% Age: 24 Years Country: Scotland
Cask Number: 72910
Date of Distilling: 2006
Matured In: Hogshead
Independent bottlers, have been around for a many years. They source whiskies from different distilleries throughout Scotland and around the world, and using their experience bottle them as single casks. These whiskies are then presented in their most natural form which includes no chill filtering, bottling at natural colour, and more options at cask strength.
Established in 2008 The Alistair Walker Company is based in Grangemouth in Central Scotland. Alistair has almost 20 years experience in the whisky industry and is not affiliated to any one distillery. Alistair’s career in the whisky industry began in January 1997, at Burn Stewart Distillers in a sales and marketing role for over six years. At that time Burn Stewart was the custodian of two single malt distilleries – Deanston and Tobermory. In October 2004, he joined The BenRiach Distillery Company, and remained with them for over twelve years, until the business was eventually sold. This was a new-start business, that had been set up in 2004 following the acquisition, by three entrepreneurs, of the BenRiach Distillery from Pernod Ricard. In addition to BenRiach, Alistair also had the good fortune to work with the GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh Distilleries, with BenRiach having acquired GlenDronach in 2008, and then Glenglassaugh in 2013. In 2018, Alistair found himself on hiatus, and contemplating what to do next.
Keen to be his own boss and also wishing to remain in the whisky sector, he decided to venture into the exciting world of independent bottling. Making the move from distillery to independent bottler is very much a case of ‘gamekeeper turned poacher’. Fortunately, independent bottling is a vibrant category at present; as more and more whisky enthusiasts are seeking out single cask bottlings and whisky releases that are a little different, somewhat unique, and often from less familiar distilleries.
The whiskies the are bottled under the brand name ‘Infrequent Flyers’. That name refers to the nature of many of the casks that are bottled – often whiskies from lesser-known distilleries that are of excellent quality, but have never been widely or consistently available. As such, many of the bottlings are of whiskies that you just don’t see so often – hence the name ‘Infrequent Flyers’.
Port Dundas distillery was a landmark in Glasgow. Built in 1811 at the highest point in the city next to the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal where it grew in size to become the largest distillery in Scotland. Its three Coffey stills and five pot stills produced over two million gallons of spirit a year. They used ‘American Corn’, barley and rye to produce their spirit. In 2010 its owner Diageo decided to concentrate its grain production at the Cameronbridge distillery. 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 was gone forever but t some of the whisky lives on. A now closed distillery.
This single cask single grain whisky was distilled at the Port Dundas Distillery before being placed in an ex-Bourbon American oak Hogshead barrel in 1995 and left to mature for 24 years. It was bottled at 58.4% abv and marks bottling number 11 of the Infrequent Flyers series.
Only 260 bottles were produced for worldwide distribution.
Our Tasting Notes
Nose: Plenty of red fruits, old cigar boxes and toasted almonds.
Palate: Almond meal biscuits, honey sweetness and vanilla. Milk chocolate buttons, banana and apricots.
Finish: Herbal and some vanilla.
|Dimensions||43 × 14 × 14 cm|
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