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Dalmore 15 Year Old

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

4th Oct 2011

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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.

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7 comments

@Fons
Fons commented

Another great review, @markjedi1, although my wallet thinks otherwise. :) Absolutely mouthwatering, so I had no other option than to put it on my wishlist.

7 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Thanks, @fons. I'm sure if you drop enough hints, it may end up under the Xmas tree this year.

7 years ago 0

@Fons
Fons commented

Excellent idea, but it's still a long wait, so it could become a real test of my patience.

7 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

I never read a review with such a complex nose/many nosing tags. But I can definitely agree with you. Tasted it yesterday the first time and I was impressed. Maybe it's the different casks. I don't know other whisky maturing in matusalem cask except the Dalmore Matusalem. And as far as I experienced I totally agree with you, a higher ABV would make this dram crazy good.

6 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

You're welcome. Btw I didn't mean to have tasted the Dalmore Matusalem already. Maybe someone knows more about this cask and comparable whiskies.

6 years ago 0

Bluebadger commented

Excellent review. I used to think whisky tasted like soap until I thought, "I should try and get into it". My father likes the odd dram from time to time and for nostalgic reasons I started trying different types. I like to have one after dinner from time to time. I noticed this bottle on sale in my local supermarket and decided to try it. This is a lovely drop and my favourite at the moment. Thank you for the review.

6 years ago 0

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