Port Dundas 22 year old - Permutation Series Fib Whisky
This absolutely delightful single grain Scotch whisky was released by FIB as a part of their Permutations Series. Bottled at natural cask strength and without colouring and chill filtration. The whisky was aged for a minimum of 21 years in oak casks, which impart rich and complex flavors to the spirit. The casks used for Port Dundas 21 Year Old are first-fill bourbon barrels and 1st Fill Rivesales Ambré, which allows for a balance of sweetness and spiciness in the final product.
- Series 1: Permutations
- Original Cask Type: Hogshead
- Finishing Cask Type: 1st Fill Rivesales Ambré
- Bottled: 10.10.2000
- Finish Dates: 11.08.22 - 16.12.22
- Aged 22 Years
- Bottled at Cask Strength 53.8%
Proud Fifeans, the founders of this independent bottling company picked a name that would evoke tradition and local roots. The name Fib was chosen after one of the sons of mythological Pictish king Cruithne who gave the kingdom of Fife to his son Fib.
Fib whisky emphasises transparency and bottles its whiskies at natural cask strength without adding artificial colouring nor using chill-filtration.
Port Dundas Distillery...
Glasgow’s Port Dundas distillery was a landmark, even though not many people actually knew what it was. It was built in 1811 at the highest point in the city next to the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal. Another distillery, Cowlairs, started operation soon after and in 1860 the two sites – by then both with Coffey stills installed – merged. In 1877, Port Dundas was one of the founding members of the grain distillers’ conglomerate DCL.
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.
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.
Two fires at the start of the 20th century didn’t stop it for long, though by the 1970s it was in need of modernisation. At that point, production increased once more and a dark grains plant was installed.
In 2010 however 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.