All in all a very fine dram to drink and a good example of the high quality Dailuaine is able to produce. It has a lot of "oompf" - if you like this floral/grassy/oily profile. I do for sure...
The nose starts a little bit spirity (no wonder given the 55,2% vol.), but then some beautiful floral notes develop. The typical grassy aromas profile confirmes that this is a spirit that almost exclusively is used in blends (besides the heavily sherried Flora & Fauna bottlings). Additional aromas include spices (vanilla, pepper), sugars and wood.
At the first sip there was a lot of oak, but from the second on this is gone and the oak provides just the right structure and balance. Water releases more sugary aromas in the nose and makes the whisky more pleasantly on the palate, but I like the rough neat profile better.
The first arrival on the palate is quite mighty and provides a full, coating mouthfeel. This is a fantastic oily body (that's what blenders like, too) with lots of sugars and peppers again, and even a little bit of salt (how come in a Speysider?). The finish is long and repeats all the nice impressions from the taste, it is just a little bit drying at the very end (but not too unpleasantly).