Review #27 – Signatory Cask Strength Port Dundas 22 Year

This is my punishment whisky. I drink a bit of it every day (as you can see, quite slowly – possibly a teaspoon every day in the tiny glencairn I received from the Lagavulin distillery) because I foolishly purchased it Edradour. It is here to remind me that I should never judge a Scotch by its age and as a lesson to not be so cheap with whisky.

As we mentioned before, we were at the magical wonderland that is the Edradour distillery (again, highly recommended that you visit) and instead of purchasing a beautiful Signatory bottling of some delicious ancient scotch for around 200GBP, I instead spied the Port Dundas 22 year for a “steal” of around 110GBP. What a terrible mistake. At the time, I also did not quite understand the difference between grain whisky and malt whisky. Now I know.

*Side note: we did, however, also get the Ballechin rum finished cask strength and the Ballechin port finished cask strength bottlings – which were excellent deals and delicious. Reviews forthcoming since we’ve nearly knocked those two bottles off so they’ve been thoroughly “tasted” for tasting notes.

Port Dundas 22-year-old. On my desk at work. At least the bottle’s pretty.

Signatory Cask Strength Port Dundas 22 Year Review
  • Score 3
    3/10

Tasting Notes

Nose: Vanilla, berries, strong alcohol that singes your nose hairs. Some notes of caramel and molasses, almost a bit reminiscent of rum

Palate: Caramel extract, with some sweetness. You can almost discern cherry and chocolate if you really strain your palate. But there is a strong alcoholic burn, even with substantial water added.

The problem is the aftertaste – there is an uncomfortable mealy aftertaste, slightly rotting, and lime zest

When you add a lot of water, it just starts tasting like caramel vodka

Summary

3 out of 10.

TLDR: “Self-hatred.”

Overview: I drink this because I hate myself.

Also to assure myself that I am definitely not an alcoholic. I tend to dread my daily sip of it because the mealy taste does not clear out of memory easily.

Bought for: ~$125 (around 95 GBP) at Edradour Distillery. Despite not enjoying this whisky, the rest of their lineup is beyond excellent and we highly recommend you visit.

Overall
3/10
3/10

Additional Information

  • ABV: 58.7%
  • Cask: Hogshead, probably ex-Bourbon.
  • Age: 22 years (distilled 1995)
  • Cask Number: 64901
  • Bottle Number: 91 of 204

About

  • Signatory Vintage was established in 1988 as an independent bottler (and subsequently opened a distillery called Edradour on the same land)
  • They produce three “collections”: a cask strength collection, un-chill filtered collection, and an 86 proof collection
  • Independent bottlers source surplus casks from independent and blender distilleries (according to the Signatory website, there are around 120 single malt distilleries in Scotland, with 40 releasing under their own label and the rest producing blended scotch)
  • Read about our visit to Edradour Distillery in this post. The Signatory warehouse is an Aladdin’s cave of old scotches.
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