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Dalmore 12 Year Old

Odd nose, great taste

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@tjbReview by @tjb

13th Feb 2014


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I love the 12 point stag on the bottle. It appeals to me and looks great. It's been on my "to try" list for ages but you know how it is... So many bottles, so little time...

The nose is a bit odd. It doesn't scream drink me. It's musty, strong sense of raisins and dark fruits. I also get a strong sense of (believe it or not) pancake batter. Not bad but it's a little bit weird.

The flavour is better than the nose. Rich, raisins, sherry and vanilla.

The finish is medium to long with sweet raisins an spicy tang.

Verdict. Worth the wait and I'm glad I still have half of the bottle left.

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GotOak91 commented

I got a heavy raisin/dark fruit scent also. I first thought it was a tequila-esqe scent but I knew better to believe that.

6 years ago 0

tjb commented

@GotOak91 I know what you mean. It's a nice drink and I am looking forward to getting a bottle of the 18 at some point as I have heard very god things about it too.

6 years ago 0

SimeonSanchez commented

I found Dalmore 12 hard to take on both the nose and the palate. You're right: the musk is there, as if it's been mouldering in a closet for a couple of years. One liquor store clerk saw the malt mania in my eyes and dragged me to a back room for a taste of Dalmore 18. It was completely different, very sweet like some kind of cherry cordial.

6 years ago 0

tjb commented

@SimeonSanchez That's interesting that you found the same thing with the 12yo. I really will have to look out the 18 then. Thanks for the input.

6 years ago 0

DaveM commented

Frankly, for me, the best thing about Dalmore 12 is the stag on the bottle. There is too much coloring and the whisky is chill filtered. I have a bottle that has been sitting for quite some time and I don't believe I will be revisiting it anytime soon.

3 years ago 0

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