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This Dalmore is an official bottling from 2007 of a 15 Year Old with a wonderful dark, golden color. It matured on three types of sherry casks: matusalem, apostolos en amoroso.
The nose is amazingly complex and keeps developing in the glass. Nosing this whisky is a nice half hour pastime, believe me. Milk chocolate with orange filling, dried figs, toffee, espresso, sugar cane, puff paste, maple syrup, caramel, almonds and a few drops of soya sauce. Soft spices: ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Some pear and pineapple, dipped in honey. Is that a trace of smoke I sense there? Great nose.
It tastes full and soft. Some citrus (oranges & co), immediately followed by coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Very zesty. Some nuts, again. The spices speak a little louder now.
The finish is slightly smoky (told you!), on nuts and vanilla. A little bit drying and – while long – much to short for my tastes.
This is a very good Dalmore, one of the best I’ve tried sof ar. It’s a serious step up from their classic 12 Year Old and better than the Gran Reserva. But why, oh why, didn’t they bottle this at 46% ABV? It would have made for a very powerful dram indeed. A big thank you to my Israëli friend Gal for the sample.