Dallas Dhu is no more. The distillery – which started life als Dallasmore and is best known for the bleds Roderick Dhu and Benmore – closed in 1983 and lost its license to distill in 1992. Today it is a living museum run by Historic Scotland. Official bottlings are few and far between. This 24 Year Old, distilled in my year of birth, appeared in the Rare Malts Selection.
The nose is waxy and even shows a bit of OBE in my opinion. I get furniture polish and silver shine before the fruit kicks in. That comes in the guise of apples, pears, kiwi and coconut. Slowly it evolves towards oranges with some grassy notes underneath.
The arrival is, thanks to the high ABV, very powerful and surprisingly peppery. Loads of oak that offer nutmeg and cloves, but also quite some tannins I’m afraid to say. The fruit does get a chance though. Mostly oranges, now, but of the candied variety.
The finish is long and dry on pepper and oranges.
Enjoyable whisky and liquid history, obviously, but I have had much better Dallas Dhu. This one clearly has to many tannins. Today, the bottle has become all but unaffordable.