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Dalmore 12 Year Old

Honey Bomb!!

3 1085

mReview by @mhock66

1st Jul 2018


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A very rich and oily whisky, the honey, vanilla and coffee notes are immediately evident on the first nosing. After letting it sit for a few minutes, another sniff revealed hints of butter and caramel, with a slight wine/port scent in the background. The first sip was like taking a spoonful of fresh honey. Very sweet and fragrant, the vanilla and honey flavors were the most evident, and some taste of buttered popcorn and buttery pound cake. There is a distinct mouthfeel, with the oils remaining on the tongue after sipping. The aftertaste gives you a bit of lavender, licorice and cotton candy. No smoke whatsoever was evident in this one. I was impressed with the depth of flavors, and there was not a significant alcohol burn with this whisky. To me, this is a unique whisky, and one that would be appropriate to have with dessert, a cappuccino, or to accompany some sweet chocolate. It would also be good on a cold winter night with a hot cup of Earl Grey tea. Personally, I'm not a fan of these sherry/honey bomb ones, but it certainly has its place. For the style of whisky this represents, it's excellent.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for your review. I have mixed feelings about Dalmore 12. It’s pleasant enough, but I feel it would be better at a higher ABV. A higher proof might balance out the overwhelming sweetness you aptly describe. I’ve only tasted it through samples given to me by friends as I refuse to pay the hilariously high price they charge for this in Ontario ($100.10 CAD).

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DaveM commented

The Dalmore 12 uses E150 coloring and is chill filtered. The price in my state is $65. IMO the only thing it has going for it is the bottle itself.

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NamBeist commented

Dalmore 12 yo ..... I honestly think that's almost brilliant to write a review about it because it's so non descriptive. There must be better ways to waste your money and still have a little fun. It's the sugar express. My recommendation is Glenfarclas 105 , although I have not tasted that one for a long time. Cheers.

4 years ago 0

Victor commented

@mhock66, interesting review. Reviews of Dalmore 12 seem to be either similar in their conclusions to yours, or very much like the comments which have followed.

I am always eager to sample Dalmore 12 yo, because I have only tasted it from a friend's bottle, several times, 6 and 7 years ago, and it was hard for me to believe how very little there was to it. There was no "there" there. Even then I thought that there had to be more to other batches of it than there was in the one I was tasting, but I was sure as hell not going to buy a bottle of it based on the samples I had had of it from that bottle.

As @DaveM says, it has a nice-looking bottle. It also has a nice-sounding name. Some say the Dalmore 15 yo is a lot better than the 12 yo. I don't think I've ever managed to get a free taste of the 15 yo, and based on the 12 yo I wouldn't pay a big price for a sample of either one of them at a bar.

This simple sweet style could be much more inexpensively obtained by acquiring a bottle of aged sweetened rum.

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mhock66 commented

@Victor interestingly, as I went back to look at my review, I realized how right you are. When I said “depth of flavor”, I now feel that was wrong. All the flavors are actually similar, and are overpowered by the honey and sweetness.

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Frost commented

I'd wager Dalmore's success in marketing is placed squarely on the broad shoulders of those nice bottle designs.

I have had the opportunity to try the 15 and 18 at tastings a few times. The 15 is my preferred of the 12/15/18 line up.

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casualtorture commented

@Frost I'd also wager Dalmore's success has a lot to do with the personality of Richard P.

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paddockjudge commented

@mhock66, I recently had a taste of the 15 YO at Spirit of Toronto. I liked it. It was one of the few that was easily remembered after the event. I did a lot of tasting and spitting, easily 40 - 50 differentl whiskies. Dalmore 15 was tried close to the end of the event. I don't own a bottle, but might be tempted to try it again.

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