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Dalmore Sherry Cask Select 12 Year Old

Bigger Price Tag, Same "Ok" Taste?

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

15th Sep 2023


Dalmore Sherry Cask Select 12 Year Old
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I have to admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for The Dalmore. Despite the liberal application of fake tan and the generally low abv, I tend to enjoy their expressions. One of my oldest and dearest friends doesn't "do" tasting notes or reviews; he likes something or he doesn't and Dalmore is his favourite. We don't get to see each other often so when we do, Dalmore is usually what we drink. I liked the regular Dalmore 12 well enough the last time I had it so I figured the Sherry Cask Select would be even better since it's bottled at a slightly higher abv. Here's what I found:

  • Nose (undiluted): honey, brown sugar, oranges, a touch of ginger, maybe some raisins, a touch of oak. I'm not sure how different this is from regular Dalmore 12. There's little to no vanilla on the nose here, so I guess that's something different.
  • Palate: easy arrival, with a touch of oak spice (cinnamon and clove), caramel, raisins, a touch of nuttiness (hazelnuts maybe?), maybe a little milk chocolate
  • Finish: medium length, there's the vanilla I usually get from Dalmore, some more oranges, a touch of oak, a little raisin at the end.

So this is nice whisky but I don't think I'd choose it over the regular Dalmore 12, given the price difference. I don't remember what I paid for this whisky when I purchased it, and since LCBO prices have gone absolutely bonkers in the last 6 months checking the price now is pointless. This is something I'd gladly accept as a gift but it's not a bottle I'll be replacing.

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RianC commented

Still never tried any Dalmore but have a feeling I'd quite like it - the Orange and nutty notes sound very appealing. I know it's a well banged drum, but the price and presentation simply put me off buying.

Take that, Dalmore laughing

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BlueNote commented

@OdysseusUnbound I have to agree with @RianC. That plus that supercillious twat Richard Patterson is enough to keep me away. I imagine at the higher price points it's quite decent, but the low ABV overpriced entry level stuff is quite underwhelming IMHO. At that price point I would be much more inclined to spring for a Tobermory 12, or Deanston 12, or Craigellachie 13 or any number of better value offerings.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@BlueNote This Dalmore “Sherry Cask Select” is almost double the price of Craigallechie 12 year here in Ontario. It’s about $70 more than Tobermory 12. It’s good, but not that good.

8 months ago 2Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

@OdysseusUnbound Wow, you guys are getting dinged almost as badly as we are in BC. That's why Alberta is our friend (despite their attitude on fossil fuels and climate change).

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