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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.