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.