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Dalmore 15 Year Old

Very Ironic

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

9th Dec 2016

1

  • Nose
    19
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    82

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So, Dalmore. Cool packaging. Big ole stag on the front, dark mahogany color. Very well presented. Probably my favorite bottle design. So, I'm expecting a big, manly dram. Yeah, no.

Nose: Caramel dominates the nose. Salted caramel, toffee, sugar, xmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

Palate: Quite sweet. The caramel backs off a bit, leaving a sweet array of brown sugar and xmas spices. Brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon. Nice and warming, but not much bite.

Body: Very thick and creamy. One of the thicker, richer whiskies I've tried.

Finish: Caramel comes back on the finish. Lingering and sweet.

Overall: This is an enjoyable, warming winter drink. A bit sweet, and I really, really, really wish they would bump this up to 45-50%. As far as scotch whisky goes, this drink is ironic to me. The experience doesn't match the expectations with the huge stag on the front. It's very sweet, and doesn't have much of a kick. I like it, but the marketing is misleading for me. I was expecting more of a manly oomph.

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6 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture, thanks for your review. ...And people usually say how much better Dalmore 15 yo is compared to the Dalmore 12 yo. Nice bottle art indeed.

2 years ago 0

@Georgy
Georgy commented

Nice review I would have easily mistaken for some rum review! 82 mark doesn't sound all that inspiring=)

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@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Victor I cheated and skipped the 12yo. Didn't hear many good things about it, but did hear good things about this 15yo. I will likely get the 18yo next time I'm in Hong Kong where it is a bargain.

2 years ago 0

@mystycreek
mystycreek commented

@casualtorture Dalmore 18yo at Hong Kong is a bargain? I heard a lot of people in Hong Kong flying to Taiwan to buy whiskies, since Hong Kong's liquor tax(over 30% ABV) is 100% and Taiwan only 2.5NTD for every one percent ABV per liter(70NTD for a bottle of 40% 0.7L whisky, about 2USD ). Dalmore 18 yo here is about 130USD or 870RMB now in the duty free shop.

So, my little advice is, come to Taiwan for a little holiday, and buy some good whisky if you are looking for real bargain.

2 years ago 0

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@mystycreek the 18yo is only 1100HKD right now at the duty free store into Shenzhen (where you don't pay tax) and since the exchange rate has changed (100rmb=110hkd) Hong Kong really is a bargain. That's a 1liter bottle too. Not 70cl.

2 years ago 0

@mystycreek
mystycreek commented

@casualtorture Didn't expect Dalmore 18yo to be that cheap in Hong Kong. My apologies for the big words.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

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