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The Dalmore 12 year old was very contradictory for me. Otherwise so pure and fresh but in the other hand, something that I detest. This is very delicate and smooth, might be the smoothest whisky I've ever tasted. And everything went very well until the first whiffs of marzipan came over and started to follow me everywhere.
If the marzipan would've stopped only at the nose, I could have given this a bigger score but it just kept on wondering at the very finish. And it was powerful.
Dalmore 12 was just like Barbra Streisand, who is sweet and talented actress. Very lovely to look at until she opens her mouth wide open and starts to sing. At that point it's literally "Goodbye Dolly!" for me.
Nose: Oranges and nutty chocolate comes very well but the marzipan starts to embrace you very powerfully even at this point.
Taste: Notes of citrus with sherry and caramel and of course the marzipan strikes through.
Finish: Very very smooth and seems like there's no afterburn at all. Oranges, plums and marzipan. And in the aftertaste the marzipan was the one that made me go: "I've had enough"
Balance: I know I'm annoyingly repeating myself but without the strong marzipan taste in all 3 steps this would've been an over 80 point whisky. Smooth with an almost unwhisky-like finish.
One weird thing about this that I noticed: it seems to lose it's flavor very quickly after opening the bottle. In 2-3 months all the strong flavors were gone. Has anyone else noticed the same, feel free to comment.