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Dalmore Port Wood Reserve

Overall rating
84.10/100
votes
261
Whiskybase ID
WB111966
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Tawny Port Pipes & American White Oak
Strength
46.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5013967013445
Added on
07 may 2018 4:08 pm by Hemdl
Colored

Average value

€ 78.63

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261 × member ratings

732 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dalmore Port Wood Reserve

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.10 points

  1. Highlander65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted together with the 15 year old, which is better
    • Nose
      Less "dark" perfume than 15yo, evidently younger, there is a slight hint of fresh fruit, pleasant but a little flat
    • Taste
      In the mouth it redeems itself, spicier than 15yo, sparkling candy, rye effect, slightly balsamic
    • Finish
      Discreet final

  2. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    port finish for a sweet dram!
    roundness, stewed fruits, a little cooked, well-marked wood, a little dry glue and burnt caramel, some herbaceous scents and spices that amplify a little all that, bringing a scent of candied fruit well present.
    The finish is nice, but a bit too monolithic.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Maltlife scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A pleasant Dalmore, which the Portfinish stands well to face. Nevertheless, I lack the appropriate depth and complexity. I like the smell better than what you get offered in the mouth and finish. I am happy to have eaten this single malt, it will certainly not be a whole bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dark fruits, prunes, some citrus, wood notes.
      Harmonically tuned, but at times not very complex (no real depth). The port faces the Dalmore well in this case.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Slightly oily texture. Pleasant mouthfeel. Something youthful can be recognized. Also in the mouth dark fruits, as described here several times, they are clearly reminiscent of forest. In the meantime, the alcohol on the tongue stands out clearly.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium. Appearances of older wood. Again dark fruits. Coffee notes. Light tobacco.

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Well wooded, sweet, fruit jam. Very charming, with unexpected floral accents. A smooth hair.
    • Taste
      Herbaceous, floral, it's young! But very sweet thanks to the port.
    • Finish
      Sparkle on the spices for a short time, then goes away hanging a little.

      I had the impression that we tried to dress a young malt with a very active barrel. That goes thanks to the alcoholic title I suppose.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose & Mouth 3/5
      Final 2/5

      Whisky n ° 2119

  5. YuraLM scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful balance, so tempting and fruity. Dalmore style is held out. Only blackberries distinguish this whisky from other
    • Nose
      Very fruity, black berries, Porto wine, dried cherry than plum appears
    • Taste
      Рorto wine, cherry, bilberry, so juicy, tempting
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, coffee, cherry and black berries notes 

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Decent overall but no highflyer.
    • Nose
      It's shy and somewhat muted. Touches of cranberry juice, plums and apple skin, but also some touches of cherry syrup, aniseed and a whiff of white pepper. Surprisingly, it takes a while for a sulphuric edge to rear.
    • Taste
      Thick, sticky almost, but with a spicy edge. Some cloves and cinnamon, a pinch of pepper too. Then there's plums and dark chocolate, but also some burnt matches. A hint of sage too.
    • Finish
      Lingering notes of caramel, matches and mint. Medium in length.

  7. Danlow scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overall, it's a good standard whisky.
    It won't stay in my mind that much, let alone buy it later. I just wanted to try a Dalmore and have the decorative bottle on the shelf.
    He tries to depict a dark, old malt, but he can't. It has plums, cherries, raisins and a little bit of wood. It is also sweet, forest honey and caramel. That was it already. It is quite flat, but pleasant and easy to drink.
    It should cost a maximum of 50 €, more likely 35 to 45 €, so that I would dare to do it again. With what it costs now, I would rather always add 30 to 40 € and then get a really good 18 from another distillery.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. 2ndSip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Somehow confusing: in the nose it sometimes appears complex with many aromas, the next time you smell it, only sweetness arrives in the nose, without any fruit.
    In the nose it definitely looks old and complex and yet somehow "artificial".
    Also complex and varied in taste - yet it looks "young" on the tongue.
    You can say as much bad thing as you want to Dalmore (color, etc.), but in terms of taste, this is a well-made malt; however, it is not worth 60 euros ... but everyone has to assess that for themselves.
    • Nose
      the first thing I had on my nose was: mint ... but it steps aside and opens up to dark fruits: ripe cherries / dark cherries, ripe plums / dried plums;
      only over time do I find berry fruits (strawberry jam) that add a very slightly (!) sour note (dried currant / blueberry mix), plus orange.
      In addition honey and caramel sweetness, some marzipan / brown sugar. Oak spice in the form of sweet cinnamon, next to it a dull, slightly stale note of wood; also has something of a musty wine cellar.
      But everything is more in the background and is interwoven.
      After a while, a perfume note appears that has a lovage influence.
    • Taste
      extremely soft start with dark, sweet fruits. The berries also come into their own.
      A bitter moment sets in (dark chocolate with a high proportion of cocoa, of the rather dusty-dry type), but it does not become bitter.
      Second sip: even more fruit, becoming sweeter, drier; Oak tannins and spices cover the tongue. Here the alcohol tingles a little on the tongue, which again suggests some youth.
      But all in all well put together. Creamy-oily-viscous mouthfeel.
      Third sip: lovage and other spices flood the mouth.
    • Finish
      dark notes next to tart notes / dark chocolate stay on the tongue for a medium to long time.
      Nut flavors (towards almonds) come with a delay.
      I always find the old, stale, musty aroma for Dalmore next to the orange, but it also fits the character of the malt.

  9. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful and well-balanced fruity-malty aroma, soft and balanced taste with a slightly more over-the-top aftertaste.
    I don’t feel anything from the port, just not a clear raisin and dryness in the aftertaste.
    Water is not needed.

    22 22 21 21
    • Nose
      Barley porridge, subtle woody-fruity notes, wood varnish, wasabi and matching pungency
      White dried raisins stick out in the air
    • Taste
      Sweetness, fruit (apple-pear soda), slight creaminess and a woody-spicy trail with a bitter finish.
      Sweetness 7 out of 10
      In the air, sulfur content and prunes are revealed.
    • Finish
      Very woody, but pleasant, light tannin bitterness turning into dryness.

  10. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sorry, Dalmore can't impress me. The distillery could be much better but don't show it again and again. Unfortunately
    • Nose
      84 84
      Aromas of red berries, orange, plum and toffee.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Honey, caramel, nectarines and flavors of coffee.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish is not long, notes of raisins, plums, blood orange and cherries. Gone fast!

  11. Dre73 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Disappointing whisky actually, hoped for more fruity content but it remains quite flat and pale.
    Certainly not worth its price.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Overripe fruits, a bit musty, sour. A bit modest, but some moment suddenly an alcohol punch.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Very smooth initially, with some sparkle. Very pale and thin mouthfeel actually, with some spicy notes later on, licorice. Some hints of prunes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      More sparkle and power, fruity and spicy, with a bit of licorice. Not very long. Later on a bit longer woth some tobacco elements now.

  12. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. glenrob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Romansen scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. Ficelli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Dalmore Port Wood Reserve (46.5%) Very orange in normal light. Maybe picks up a faint redness in gloomy light. Aroma is fairly muted, quite oaky with a touch of cranberry and red apple, underripe rhubarb. Not overly cohesive - comes across as experimental rather than put together. Taste is stupidly juicy and easy with no rough edges at all. Not overly 'red wine' which is good for me. Up front it appears to have been fairly well judged as wine can certainly impart too much fruit. However there's a fig biscuit note, lots of candy cane / rock, candyfloss and some rhubarb and cranberry from the nose alongside more overt raspberry pip. It's a nice drink but I do struggle a bit with these red wine influenced whiskies with their berry fruits and faintest acidity. By the end it's a bit like drinking candy floss cognac. Some lesser nuances of cherry syrup, coal gas and fruited chocolate along with the oaky linger. This isn't something I'd keep coming back to but it's interesting and enjoyable. (3.4/81)

  17. dr.mad scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    we all thought it was a blend, a mediocre one at that. smells like compost, tastes young and like wood.

  18. dercaptain scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A heavy, dark paint that you can probably enjoy in an old leather armchair in an old gentleman's room. Maybe a cigar with it?
    • Nose
      82 82
      Dark, heavy fruit notes dominate (dark, almost black cherries) but also a sweet milk chocolate behind it. A slight alcoholic note can unfortunately also be heard. In addition leather / wood polish.

      When I smell the second time, I also notice a slight smoke and oak furniture
    • Taste
      82 82
      A taste that reminds me of Mon Cherry. So again the cherries and the chocolate. A strong paint with dark heavy aromas.
    • Finish
      84 84
      In the finish it becomes dry. But still keeps its sweetness.

  19. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. g2ther scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. RoytjeV scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. AXEoftheNORTH scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Aroma: Fruity notes of sweet red berries, oranges, plums and toffee .. Again fruity of nectarines, creamy caramel, roasted chestnuts and light coffee notes ... Intense notes of plums, raisins, blood oranges and cherries.

  24. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice balance between sweet and sour
    • Nose
      Dark sherry fruits, tartness, and cream but muted, a hint of shortbread cookies
    • Taste
      Sweet, intense tart cherry
    • Finish
      Short, cough syrup sourness

  25. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Normal whisky, no particular merits or demerits. I tried and forgot.
    • Nose
      Blueberries, cherries, plums, young bark.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour, berry.
    • Finish
      Short, slightly harsh, with hints of dried berries, prunes, spices and oak, with a cigar flavor.

  26. Paszko scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    [2019-07-26] Aggressive whisky, out of balance.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Quite dry, dried plum, a little smoked meat, dried compote. Further in the background, stewed fruit. The smell is rather simple, with some caramel over time.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Alcohol quite masked. Dry with a delicate sweetness in the background. Non-peat smoke, like old wood. Wood palpable. Dried fruit, plums, maybe cherries, maybe grapefruit.
    • Finish
      80 80
      More dried fruits, plums and apples appear. A bit of tartness - like dried sour fruit.

  27. the_muskox scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Pretty solid actually. Couldn’t find any port though. I know that it’s matured in the milder (as far as whisky maturation goes) tawny port casks, rather than the usual ruby port used for whisky maturation, but honestly if I hadn’t seen the word ‘port’ on the label I would have had no problem thinking it was just aged in sherry casks. I also didn’t love the bitterness on the back end. What it has going for it is the weighty texture and long finish. Other than that, it’s just not very exciting.

    Nose: Heavy. No overt ruby port fruitiness in sight (in smell?); it’s much more in line with the standard sherry-forward Dalmores. Lots of chocolate orange right up front. Raisin, black cherry, Red Delicious apple, and banana. Rich toffee and caramel. Waxy, getting towards beeswax. A deep earthy note underneath.

    Palate: Heavy texture, and sits heavy in the mouth. Fruit up front: pomegranate, plum, and banana. Burnt caramel and toffee as well. Develops into old wood and birch beer (it’s like root beer, but birch). A bit of pepper and ginger spice. More toffee on the back.

    Finish: Long and quite heavy. Tobacco, warm wood spice, and earth. More wax, fruit skins, and black pepper. More burnt caramel, getting slightly bitter.

  28. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  29. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For a finish he took a lot from the port wine barrel.
    • Nose
      91 91
      red fruits, sweetness, caramel, orange,
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, red fruits, chocolate, caramel,
    • Finish
      88 88
      drier, slightly spicy, medium length, some wood

  30. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    How do I classify this Dalmore? It is delicious in what it offers. However, it is just too flat overall and lacks depth and interesting facets, which on the other hand makes it quite boring. An easy drinking malt without great tension, nothing more and nothing less.
    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity and sweet; Red fruits; Dried fruit; Citrus notes of oranges; some caramel; behind it a fine spice of oak wood; the alcohol is easily felt in the nose
      - Overall, a balanced and pleasing nose
    • Taste
      85 85
      soft and mild to start; oily full-bodied mouthfeel; dark fruits; peppery spices; dark chocolate; Delicately tingling oak flavor comes up in the mouth with a little time
    • Finish
      82 82
      short to medium length; slightly tart / bitter notes of coffee / espresso; Dried fruit; spices; fine tingling oak flavor

  31. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The Dalmore has a very fine and beautiful nose. It is interesting that the sweetness that plays in the nose in the mouth then becomes a combination of fruit and peppery spices. The finish is more on the spicy, dark chocolate side. It tastes really good! And the PLV is very tempting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark bronze. The legs run nice and oily. Makes you want to more.
      The first time I take a sniff, I get orange syrup, sweet and fruity. But nothing more. Allow the malt in the glass a little rest.
      Ah! After a few minutes of standing, there are red fruits, perfumed wood and spices. The nose is now really round and balanced - there is no stinging from the alcohol. A nice afternoon dram for cool Sundays in winter. After the first sip, the spiciness and the red fruit influences appear more clearly.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oranges with ginger and plums! Very nice and surprisingly neat start. Nice mouthfeel. More peppery spices than sweetness. It does not matter anyway! Then come chocolate and nuts - rum nougat.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The mix of orange fruit and spices continues even when swallowed. The bitterness in the finish, which comes more from nuts, sticks longer. The plum also stops.

  32. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  33. GJR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during a Dalmore Masterclass. Higher ABV then the others from the Principal range helps a lot. Nice dram, not overly Porty sweetness. Could be some more present. Port colour faded out by E150 unfortunitly. Fruity but still restraint (Cherry, Nectarine). Also still quite grainy. Again heating the glass up helps to balance the dram. Not bad but could have been better and more outspoken.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. djmaxliving scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Got a cold currently, so not in peak condition but never stops me trying whisky.

    Would be interesting to know what the ages of whisky are in this one, defo some older whisky.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet, toffee, honey, flowers, red berries, syrup. Water opens the oak, sweet bacon and coffee. Nose grows better with time.
    • Taste
      82 82
      spice, oak, pepper, coffee beans, mint and
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long with coffee lingering.

  35. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Messepfützer

    a hammer painter !!
    Dalmore and Port match
    You can chew on it longer
    PLV is OK
    • Nose
      fruity, fat, dark, sweet, heavy, red berries become stronger, becomes harsh and increases, beats something, light lemon ?, the heaviness remains !!
    • Taste
      full and strong, that is on the tongue
      fruity, oak, red berries (so wild berries), heavy sweetness, dark chocolate so 60%, wood that already stores something but does not bum or rot
      will be bitter later
    • Finish
      long
      such a bitter / bitter combo, coffee / espresso, later a tobacco note (so this bitter)

  37. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Massively spicy port Dalmore. 84/85.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Forest fruits, spicy oak and citruses.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Powerful. Dark chocolate, citruses, tannic oak and lot of spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, spicy, fruity.

  38. PX-Michl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    29-09-2018
    • Nose
      76 76
      orange, (red) berries
    • Taste
      78 78
      dark chocolate, (dried) (red) fruit
    • Finish
      77 77
      berries, slightly sweet

  40. Jeadrick scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      very sweet, aromatic and with a delicate spiciness
      One of the best smells I ever had the pleasure of smelling
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. Dramned! scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Dalmore and I will not become any friends ...: D

    Complete tasting with photos and comments:
    https://dramned.blog/2018/10/23/dalmore-portwood-reserve-465/
    • Nose
      Despite the rather average alcohol content, it seems jittery right from the beginning and sharp alcoholic notes make access a bit cumbersome. But then immediately followed by aromatic pickled cherries and a freshly cooked berry compote, to strong cane sugar. Subtle tobacco notes and dried fruit bring a nice thick spice. The oak barrels control dry wood notes that set tart accents. In addition to the ever dominant alcoholic strength, it all looks rather soft and creamy and restrained, it lacks aromatic depth.
    • Taste
      A bit harsh and warming, it starts in the mouth, a strong spiciness and beautiful cooked berries with bright plums bring the same a nice fruitiness forward. But then it is rapidly becoming increasingly harsh, as the oak barrels strongly beat. The sweetness turns into tart and woody notes. However, the ball here is kept fairly flat - I clearly lack more alcohol and age, the flavors rippling quite unspectacular.
    • Finish
      The finish also lacks depth and intensity, it is quite short. Above all, tart fruit notes of ripe berries with beautiful spices such as cardamom and cloves leave a nice fruity spice in the back of the palate, which unfortunately disappears quickly.

  44. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a little more alcoholic than the basics!
    • Nose
      wood, sweet spices, well soaked and cooked fruit
      a little dust and fine herbs
    • Taste
      the fruits on the cherry, the grapes cooked, dried, it is sweet and round in the mouth, the wood comes to support these first sensations, the spices occur afterwards to raise a little more the scents of departure
    • Finish
      average, monolithic but also tenacious

  45. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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