Dailuaine 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Managers' Choice
Stated Age
11 years old
Bodega Sherry European Oak
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Apr 2010 6:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 226,89

8 × in wishlist

69 × member ratings

75 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dailuaine 1997

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.55 points

  1. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      charred woodsy aroma, intense sulfuric sherry, roasted walnut, leather
    • Taste
      88 88
      big oily body, lots of old wood notes, savory rancio, sweet spicyness, toffee, fruity sherry
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, malty and fruity, spicy sherry, thick mouthfeel figs and dates, cloves, prunes

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  When this Manager's Choice series first came out I thought by myself that now Diageo's marketing department went totally crazy (or greedy).  Youngish stuff of rather unknown distilleries was sold for several hundreds of Eurobucks and I swore to never ever buy such a bottle.  I kept that oath but whenever there is an opportunity to taste a sample I will do it - to see if this pricey stuff is worth some of the money, at least.  And so I do tonight...

    The colour is burnished and the texture shows many small tears that slowly consolidate and build a few legs.  The nose is rather shy on exotic fruits (banana, starfruit), spices (including vanilla) and some aromas of tobacco or green tea leaves.  Not very impressive but flawless, at least.  It arrives hot (58.6% abv) and peppery in the mouth with no coating effect at all, what a disappointment!  But no flaws like bitter or adstringent moments either.  The taste is mainly sugary sweet with caramel and coffee flavours.  I call this rather simple (but again without any flaws that I can find).  The finish is rather short with a slight drying note (metallic) and adds no new impressions.  Water opens up both the nose and palate but surprisingly there are not many new aromas and flavours released.  Even with a fair share it stays a rather shy and simplistic dram.

    Sorry Diageo, but a flawless dram is not automatically a great dram and a whisky that is preferred by your blenders (because it works excellent in a blend with dozens of other whiskies) must not work as a single malt release the same way.  The pricing is totally weired - as a drinker I am not willing to pay more than 40-50 Euro for a bottle of such quality.  Hence, this series is still available at many shops even nine years after its release and despite a gigantic whisky boom that lasts for more than a decade now.  But obviously, customers are not that stupid, stupid!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The oak is a bit exaggerated, do the 87 point is benign.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, exotic fruits, spicy oak and jasmine green tea.
    • Taste
      Powerdul, dry and spicy. Oak, pepper, coffee and caramel.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, dry.

  4. BXpress scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Technically i can't justify more than 86 points. The rather modern oak makes this Whisky seem a little unsettled. However i enjoyed the profile immensely.
    • Nose
      Heavy but not overly expressive nose with a lot of jelly banana/jelly beans and some butter. Very coffee-ish, some vanilla and some mix of spice and tobacco. Not exceptional but entertaining enough.
    • Taste
      Buttery caramel arrival. Some burnt stuff and the oak kicks in rather aggressively. What i like though is that the development offers one of the strongest notes of roasted coffee beans that i have ever tasted in a Whisky. It makes it extremely savoury. Then some drying spiciness right before the finish.
    • Finish
      Rather medium long. Herbal, spicy and buttery. Drying after taste.

  5. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose does not necessarily provide what one would expect from a sherry whisky, the fruits are rather light, the whisky looks fresh. But it smells interesting and most importantly: the smell wakes the desire to drink it. So is the taste, somewhat fruity, fresh, but also with classic notes that are reflected in the finish. A very nice whisky. What impresses me most is the perfectly integrated alcohol.
    • Nose
      It starts with red apple, vanilla, grass cut in the background, some lime, sweet, grated orange peel, a little semi-dry red wine
    • Taste
      Strong onset, sweet-sour, the whisky on the tongue is milder, orange, some strawberry, lime again, very slight bitterness like the abrasion of lime damage, malt. In the second sip, the orange becomes more dominant and oak emerges.
    • Finish
      A tingling remains on the tongue, again orange and oak, malt, quite long.

  7. ML89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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