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Dailuaine 16 Year Old

The Fireside Companion

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@dbkReview by @dbk

3rd Aug 2011


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Dailuaine is a Speyside distillery, and a large one at that. The first distillery to ever bear the now ubiquitous pagoda roof, it is capable of pumping out over three million litres yearly, but only a scant amount ever gets sold as single malt, and much of that is bottled independently. The sherry-matured 16 year-old ‘Flora & Fauna’ expression was in fact the only official bottling of Dailuaine for many years, though more recently a few others have surfaced. Nonetheless, you may well have tasted your fair share of Dailuaine over a bottle of Johnnie Walker or Compass Box’s The Spice Tree.

The nose is lovely and rich. It tells stories of cherry licorice, oranges, salt, plums, cinnamon-dusted raisins, and ginger. With time, black tea surfaces along with a hint of smoke.

The palate begins sweetly but becomes drying as a touch of salt begins to mount. The finish is vegetal, recalling orange pekoe and ginger. A light touch of smoke lingers on.

The sherry influence is not subtle, but the spirit nevertheless manages to assert itself nicely. It all makes for a beautifully ‘moreish’ dram, and something of a charmer by the fireside.

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dbk commented

Interesting timing—I've just heard that Diageo plans to expand Dailuaine's capacity even further. They're awaiting approval for a projected £9.5 million redevelopment plan.

12 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

Another nice review @dbk! As an aside, in my continuing pursuit of proper pronunciation of distillery names, is it pronounced as 'Doll-wayne'? Thank you to anyone who is able to indulge my curiousity. 'Bun-a-haven' is still one of my favourites in this regard, assuming that this is correct!! :)

12 years ago 0

dbk commented

I think "dale-you-in" might be a closer pronunciation of the distillery's name, @Pudge72. And it's a real treat. I'd sure like to get my mitts on the newest release (a Master of Malt exclusive, unfortunately for those of us in Canada): masterofmalt.com/whiskies/…

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