In the nose, I immediately have extremely sweet port wine aromas with candied strawberries, red grapes, raspberries and a peppery spiciness that gently coats the fruit notes. The red fruits are not boiled down as much as some sherry barrel ripening when the barrel was very active. It's more of a mix of canned fruit and a punch. A slight alcoholic note is noticeable, a little menthol ensures a cooling freshness in the nose. Little by little, more sour flavors come through, such as currants and citrus fruits. And the acidic notes combine with a note that has damp rags or towels if they have not been dried properly. Fortunately, the wet rags are only noticeable and only when you smell them intensely. Otherwise, these bad notes have no chance of coming up against the dominant fruit sweetness and should normally not be noticed. So don't worry, the whisky smells wonderfully sweet and fruity. The citrus flavors are too sour for me.
The whisky has a strong start in the mouth, pepper and a little chilli sweep over the tongue and the fruitiness and sweetness are present at the beginning, leave the spiciness to the field and gradually fight their way through, but are nowhere near as dominant as when smelling. Here the peppery spiciness sets the tone! The wood comes out at the back with tannins that go in the direction of walnuts and coffee. I add 5-6 drops of water and see how it develops. The sweetness goes back even further, the peppery-tart notes become even more intense with the second sip, some tobacco and leather are added. However, these are not as wonderfully integrated into a heavy fruitiness as is the case with old Glendronach single casks. The Dailuiane is inharmonic, for me a certain balance of the taste notes is missing.
The finish is a maximum of medium length with pepper, tobacco, leather, wet soil and coffee. The fruits are still palpable and wrapped in a pleasant sweetness. But here too it becomes clear that there is no good balance.
In summary, I have to say that I still liked the whisky in my nose quite well. You have to like this sweetness and I can well imagine that many people find the whisky just too sweet and not enough "typical whisky". In my mouth I liked the Dailuaine less well, it just looks inharmonic, too tart, too peppery, the flavors don't really work well together and it looks out of round. It's a shame, because there are hints of the sweet candied strawberries and red fruits. But unfortunately not really well embedded in a suitable taste environment.
I wouldn't buy the whisky. I give it 83/100 points.