[December, 2009] Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 148 that I bought for 152 Euro in June, 2008.
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90. My notes state a very balanced and complex profile that is very sippable.
[April, 2019] Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 059 that I bought for 179 Euro in October, 2007. Finally, I can do a proper review now.
This is an old style and somewhat austere dram with a nice nose and finish and a great taste. Dangerously quaffable, even more when reduced to "normal" drinking strength (yes, I know this is stupid as everybody prefers a different drinking strength - but for historical reasons this is at 40-43% abv). One of the best Dallas Dhu I had so far...
The colour quite dark for a bourbon cask at russetmuscat and the nose offers an old style Highland profile with lots of grassy and floral aromas, honeys, barley sugars, waxes, chalk and earthy notes (pine forest floor). It takes quite a while until this nose enfolds fully but it is wortwhile to wait. Later some resinous and more mineral notes pop up - all pretty balanced and without any off-note.
The taste is nicely layered and complex on a beautiful old style bourbon profile with deicious fruits, honeys and barley sugars that later combine to a tasty chocolatey note. The floral aromas hide shy in the background, what a diffference to the nose! Adiitional layers provide waxes and oily flavours, some bitter herbs, sweet vanilla and other spices. This is a great movie on my palate, I like that!
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without any distracting moments. The finish is rather short and focusses more on the bitter-spicy side of this dram which is a nice contrast to the sweet taste. It turns a little drying towards the end but this is not distracting at all. Water opens up the nose further (now the fruits are there, too) and it turns the taste and finish a little sweeter (with a great nougat flavour), hence even more quaffable. I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.