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Overall rating
85.64/100
votes
14
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Bottled
13.08.2020
Casktype
Marsala Cask Finish
Casknumber
9404
Number of bottles
360
Strength
59.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
V8529
Barcode
5024720859484
Added on
27 Sep 2020 12:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 75.88

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Whisky Reviews for Dalmunach Fruit Basket VM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.64 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It’s always very interesting to try and discover new distilleries. Well, Dalmunach isn’t around that long. It has been built on the ruins of what formerly was Imperial distillery. This new working horse for Pernod Ricard has been housed in a hyper modern building. The stills have exactly the same shape as the stills used for the Imperial whiskies, only these are sized up a few feet. Everything seems to be about size and capacity here. So the big question is; will it become a typical blendfiller and nothing more than that, or will they produce and age a spirit and eventually a whisky to fall for? I’m very curious for this first meeting I’m about to experience.
    • Nose
      Since this is a rather young whisky, 3 years and a few months, it is a rather bold decision to finish it on Marsala. And to be honest it is a lot of Marsala to take in. But..it works out very well for me! The hard part though, is to learn something about the Dalmunach character. There is a lot of grape here. It has a sweet, rich and spiced nose. Full on flavors. Red fruits, delicate wine infused oak and loads of Arabic orientated spices and dried herbs. There is a fresh kind of red apple-like fruitiness going on as well. I would say this is where the typical fruity Speyside character is hiding. It’s definitely there. With oxidation (left the cap off for a night) and a shipload of water it does reveal more. I get more fruitiness from red apples, wild peach, vanilla and more clear fresh minty notes. It certainly got more dimensional.
    • Taste
      It definitely has got a very friendly and accessible palate, but it does need some water to get there. But hey, 3yo at 59%... It’s soft and very creamy. Again very rich. More typical Speyside fruit flavors here. Also more usual suspects like vanilla, cream and nutmeg. But also the wine is very present. In a good way. The taste has gotten a little less accessible after a night of oxidation. It needs water more then before. Also it’s a bit more dry. Flavourwise it didn’t do a lot of change.
    • Finish
      Medium length and very tasteful. The young age never turns into something disturbing. Soft, sweet and gentle in the finish. Subtle spices and again a herbal dryness. Dried red fruit and raisins. More fruitiness and vanilla are present after a night of oxidation.

      To wrap it all up I don’t think it’s possible to describe the Dalmunach character very properly already after just this dram, but it does work quite nice with a Marsala cask in my opinion. I find this a pleasant ‘first date’ but I definitely still want to try some bourbon aged material Dalmunach.

  2. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly smooth in nose and body for such a high Abv. Very fruity. Pretty mature for such a young whisky.
    Pleasant dram for sure.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, red fruits, strawberry, raspberry, some citrus, vanilla and also some clear floral notes. Very attractive nose, only a little alcohol influence.
    • Taste
      Pretty smooth actually for such a high Abv, only a little pickering mouthfeel. A lot of sweet fruitiness, peach, winegums. Later on alcohol comes in a little bit more, making it more powerful. A bit of licorice as well.
    • Finish
      Still pretty smooth, winegums, vanilla, some orange and peach, some raspberry. Pretty long.

  4. Johnjr1987 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

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