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I had always wanted to try the Dalmore 12 after reading the description on "master of malt" as being like "a warm coffee house in Seattle". I don't really drink coffee and have never been to Seattle, but it sounded too intriguing to pass up. So I ordered it at a whisky bar here in frozen Chicago, but they accidentally (?) brought me the Dalmore 15. So I had that!
The nose started out with a very subtle aroma of nuts and candy. But what I noticed after it sat for a while was unmistakably the smell of a sweet fruit-cake. A little bit of sherry, but compared to the Macallan my friend was drinking, hardly any. It was much more like a lightly spiced fruit cake (and I was excited to see after my tasting that the "master of malt" also describes the 15 as being like this!) It also had a light orange scent, almost like orange peel.
The palate was a little spicier/saltier than the nose let on. It wasn't so thick that I could call it creamy, but it had a little texture to it, maybe that of oiliness. The finish was only mildly spicy, pretty easy-going and nicely warming.
Very cool dram, perfect scotch to have with dessert.