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I enjoyed almost the entire bottle of The Dalmore 12 with a friend this weekend.
My single malt apéritif appetite is usually one good dram, maybe two - with a single digestif to finish the meal.
For some reason, the strong note of orange peel and the faint vanilla vibe made The Dalmore irresistible to both of us. After two nice drams each before dinner, we were ready to continue drinking it through the meal. Afterwards, we couldn't say no to a further dram or two. We almost emptied the bottle...
[and we weren't plastered - and we had no hangovers whatsoever the next morning - impressed!]
Also unusual: we drank the Dalmore neat all night. I typically like a little water or ice (opens up most of the single malts I like wonderfully).
We tried our first Dalmore neat, the next with water. The water accentuated the orange peel and spice notes, but took away too much of the deep 'ride' that was so addictive to the finish.
At under $50 USD, it's not a 'cheap' single malt per se, but considering how much fun we had with it, a great value.
And do yourself a favor... buy two bottles at a time!