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Port Dundas Grain Whisky Distillery

1811 to 2010

Port Dundas Distillery History

The distillery was situated just north of junction 16 of the M8 in Glasgow on North Canal Bank Street.


Originally there were two distilleries in the locality Port Dundas, the first established in 1811 by Daniel McFarlane Two years later a second Port Dundas was constructed by Brown, Gourlie & Co.


During 1845 Coffey Stills were installed in both distilleries.


Both distilleries merged and joined DCL in 1877.  


The distillery was badly damaged by fire in 1903 However the distillery was rebuilt and reopened in 1913.


The Distillery  was modernised and re-equipped after the Second World War and it was transferred to the management of the DCL production company Scottish Grain Distillers in 1966.


A £7 million modernisation programme was initiated in the 1970s,


A  new grain intake and a new spirit store were added in 1974 Two years later a new still house was erected on the site of the old spirit store.


This was followed with a new boiler house and dark grains plant were opened 1976-1977


Now part of Diageo


As with all Scottish Grain Distilleries these are industrial type units with Coffey Stills. There is very little information about them as they do not share the prestige of the malt distilleries


Major contributor to Haig, Johnnie Walker and White Horse. blends.


Closed in 2010.


Port Dundas Scottish Grain Whisky Distillery Bottlings 

No official bottlings


Port Dundas Scottish Grain Whisky Distillery Independent Bottlings  


Duncan Taylor

Douglas Laing directors cut



Duncan Taylor Port Dundas 1973 - 32 Year Old Single Grain Scotch Whisky.  

Cask No: 123816.

Colour: Amber.


Nose: Rich, woody with background spice.


Flavour: Oily, hint of sherry, figs and cream.


Finish: Soft and gentle with a building creaminess.


Comments:  A big grain with a gentle finish!


Port Dundas Grain Scotch Whisky 30 year old 59.5% Directors Cut 70cl

Distilled January 1981 bottled November 2011


Single cask bottled at 59.5% cask strength by Douglas Laing under their Directors Cut Label


Limited Edtion of 131 bottles charged from a refill Hogshead ref:DL7600


 Nose; Sweetly spiced + a rich cinnamon quality bourbon style.


Palate; Sweet & warming + mouth coating vanilla & spices


Finish; Long + an attractive oak & milk chocolate character. (J)