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At first, I'll admit I wasn't too impressed by the 12yo Dalmore. I could easily admit that I put Dalmore right there with Macallan as smooth overpriced snobbish brands. More than once I called the 12yo an overall bore. But now that I got a bottle of the 12yo as a gift, I must admit that I find myself having a tiny sip almost every day of the week. It is just such an accessible whisky, soft and smooth. So is there more than meets the eye here?
Nose: Mostly malty notes, soft banana cream, sherry, cabernet sauvignon, a touch of chocolate, and faint hints of blackcurrant.
Mouth: Smooth body, dry and a little bitter on the palate, some spices like cloves, strips of leather, chocolate, tones of oranges, green malt and vanilla
Finish: fairly short and drying with notes of bitter oranges.
Like I said before in my Dalmore Cigar Malt review, maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way. Maybe its not in Dalmore's intent to create an conceptionally flavoured single malt. They just want to create a smooth enjoyable whisky that can be consumed at all occasions, preferably after a hard day's work. If so I have to congratulate them, well done guys.