Dailuaine-Glenlivet 13 yo 2004/2018 (46%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, bourbon hogshead, 432 bottles) Four stars and a half
Indeed I believe a single cask could be seen as ‘small batch’. He who can do more, can do less. Colour: white wine. Nose: cool, natural Dailuaine, where you’ll see that the spirits fat and mineral, pretty fermentary, beery, and not void of any fruitiness, including pineapples and pears. We’re bordering soapiness again – I guess that’s a marker – but you could also call it waxy. Paraffiny, for sure. Mouth: oh very good very very good! Waxy, oily, I’d even call it suet-y, spicy – and you’d feel that’s not coming from the wood, for once. Wonderful herbalness. Finish: long, waxy, grassy, almondy, quite superb. Comments: highly recommended, that’s all I’ll say. Or this, it’s one of those characterful spirits that really talk to you, we’re far from Blandola. Some kind of peatless – but not smokeless - Springbank, or HP, of Clynelish. Textured, I would say. A strong contender to this month’s favourites within WF’s B-F-Y-B category.
SGP:462 - 89 points.