Dumbarton 1987 29 Years Old (Svensk Whiskyförmedling)
Earlier this year the last remaining monument of Dumbarton was demolished to make way for flats, although it had been closed since 2002 already. Single cask bottlings of Dumbarton are rare, as almost everything ended up in Ballantine’s. So I’m happy to try this Dumbarton 1987 29 Years Old, bottled by Svensk Whiskyförmedling.
Dumbarton 1987 29 Years Old (57,1%, Svensk Whiskyförmedling, C#25236)
Nose: Lots of varnish and glue at first, although after an hour the vanilla is really taking this thing over. There’s something candy-esque as well, think sweethearts. And lots of citrus, lemon, lime, kumquats. Some peaches too.
Taste: Oranges, marzipan, peaches and lemonade. And some pine sap and black pepper too, as well as whisper of mint and sweet bubblegum. There’s a touch of oak shavings.
Finish: Orange liqueur and mellow oak. Medium in length.
I like how fruity this is. And it’s history in a bottle. I know, I know, that doesn’t affect the taste, but it is pretty cool 🙂
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.