Dailuaine 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Apr 2021 9:52 pm by nallacam

Average value

€ 69.54

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67 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dailuaine 16-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.45 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] Out of curiosity I do a sampling of all new Diageo "Flora & Fauna" series releases. The first ten drams (Auchroisk, Teaninich, Mannochmore, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Glenlossie, Linkwood, Strathmill, Blair Athol, Benrinnes) were all sub-standard and not worth the money (according to my taste buds only) so this is the last chance to find a Flora & Fauna edition of acceptable quality...

    ...and this chance is gone down the drain, like all other drams. It truly seems as if Diageo uses the Flora & Fauna editions to dispose its sub-standard casks which were exhausted already at filling time and hence did not support the maturation of the spirit. As a result all these drams own very weak (some non-existent) noses and rather immature flavour profiles with little impressions of interest. To be honest, I did not like any of these drams and I did not finish any of the samples. Shame on you, Diageo!
    • Nose
      81 81
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers again the shy profile of leached casks. First there is (almost) nothing to detect - after some breathing shy sherry aromas pop up but the malt stays silent. A very disappointing nose, hardly enjoyable.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is barley sugary sweet and wood-tannic bitter with nothing of interest and nothing really to enjoy (according to my taste buds). After some chewing some shy sherry flavours are detectable which create a somewhat drinkable profile, at least. No, I do not empty this sample either.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The dram arrives unimpressive at the palate with just minor coating effects but major drying-astringent moments. The finish is like with all other editions short and adds nothing new except that unpleasant bitter dryness of heavy tannins again. Forget about about, it just flattens everything without releasing something of interest.

  2. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A great and (I guess) wedded malt that is fun and on top of that has a fair price tag. On the one hand it looks rather dignified, but it has heavy and spicy notes due to the somewhat older age and the (probable) sherry influence. Like the Benrinnes 15, it requires a little time and patience, but then opens up to a great range of flavors. Top!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Juicy, slightly dark fruit notes and a hint of medium-heavy, spicy sherry aromas. Dark red apple, a fresh hint of grain and some brown sugar. After a while, the fruits become a little fresher and more tangy, the apple tends to be green, and sweet citrus notes are added. Always accompanied by an enigmatic, but rather heavy, spicy note. After a while you will find some honey syrup and caramelized fruits with sweet spices that are reminiscent of a candy stand at the fair (candy apple and stomach bread).
    • Taste
      87 87
      Great fresh, sweet and almost oily fruit notes, plus strong dark caramel and sweet spicy notes. Just as light old sherry notes.

      The aromas are really very strongly interwoven, the sweetness with the rather heavy aromas of spice and caramel, in combination with the wood influence, give a complex overall picture. Simply delicious!

      Only a few percentage points more alcohol would not have hurt here, but that's a complaint at a high level.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nice transition with slightly dry notes, tart espresso and tangy-sweet fruits that stay in the background. Very light tart, dry herbal notes also emerge. Flattens out a little too quickly, but doesn't spoil the overall impression.

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sherry and oak on the nose, oranges and dark chocolate in the mouth

  5. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Still cautious on the nose, it opens up in taste. The intense flavor is a bit hot at first. The finish shows the strengths of the malt. At the bottom, I like the aroma best.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. RJKrueger scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a very successful representative of the Flora & Fauna series, round and pleasing without being spectacular. Very suitable as a daily dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Citrus notes with hints of grapefruit and mirabelle plum, light, delicate notes of sherry. Overall aromatically pleasant.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft but still spicier than the nose, with oranges, some chocolate and nuts. Quite round and pleasing. Appears a little younger than the specified 16 years.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish with sweet fruits, malt and some herbal notes; dry but without a bitter aftertaste. One would like to have longer, but it fades too quickly and then fades a little more slowly.

  7. Svjatogor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    n: nice chocolate, fragrant, grapes, sweet, cocoa
    t: sweet, sherry, chocolate, warming
    a: chocolate, warming, grapes, pepper

  8. dominikbraun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Plums, spices, apples, berries, milk chocolate, forest honey, popcorn, mint, icing, almonds. One of the darkest and best noses in the F&F series so far.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peach, tangy and fruity, orange zest, nutmeg, plum jam and some oak.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Full-bodied and voluminous, comparatively heavy, fruity and juicy with tart notes of oak and dark chocolate.

  9. MInimax007 scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Color: amber (attention: caramel!)

    Nose: There are various flavors behind a slight note of fuel. Vanilla notes interweave with hardly definable fruit notes. You can "noise" for a long time and always find another aspect.

    Taste: honey, citrus flakes (apple-orange mix?), Light spiciness

    Finish: it becomes dry towards the end. For me, the taste is on the edge of the tongue. Salivation begins towards the end. The malt disappears calmly (medium length) like a wave on a beach.

    Conclusion: For the requested 55 euros (2021), the malt offers an interesting mix of noise and taste. Therefore, 85 points are actually justified. But the caramel used is a no-go for me. That's why I'm reducing the value to 75.

  10. PaddyKlemm scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    50+4+8+8+3 = 73


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