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Dalmore 21 Year Old Sherrywood

Average score from 2 reviews and 4 ratings 89

Dalmore 21 Year Old Sherrywood

Product details

  • Brand: Dalmore
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 21 year old

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Dalmore 21 Year Old Sherrywood

The nose takes a little time to open up, but once it does it's rich, deep, and complex. Sherry and sweet grain start first, followed by musty old wood and earth, pepper, then overripe fruit, syrup, and finally walnut. This stuff demands your time and rewards your patience.

The palate starts very silky, then the flavor erupts with salt and chile pepper. Right after, the trademark christmas cake opens up and finishes with fresh seaweed. Very very interesting.

Kind of starting backwards, but this makes me want to try the rest of the Dalmore line. Quite unique.


Nose: Is this the Dalmore 21 ? A bit weak and watery. Very different from what i thought. some sherry notes on the start, some balsamic, dried fruit - mostly apricot and some sultanas. not very expressive, i am afraid.

Palate: again, thin, not as big as one might think, not much wood, sherry profile alright, but very delicate. some cocoa, malt and caramel. but that's it. Again, not my type of Dalmore.

finish : some wee smoke, fruit and caramel. nothing to write home about, certainly from a 21 year old 'veteran'...

Bottom line:

I seem to mostly enjoy drams i am reviewing, but here i was in for a disappointment. This is a fine dram, don’t get me wrong! and not a bad one, but i would expect much more from the 21 year expression from Dalmore. I am missing the big sherry here (probably because most of it is oak matured), and the thin body, and nose… It may be a good after meal dram, but for around 90 GBP , there are better malts that cost 1/2 as much and i seem to like better.

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