Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
27 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Nov 2011 5:42 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 192.30

21 × in wishlist

53 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dailuaine 1983 AD

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.53 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] A dram distilled at the very end of the last whisky boom - right before the whisky industry experienced a severe setback due to a health movement that started in California and quickly spread all over the States. Whisky sales in the most important market dropped by half almost overnight (you know, it was the time when even Hollywood banned cigarettes and high proof spirits from its movies)...

    ...what is a shame given such nice drams like this (drinking single malt is for pleasure, not to get drunk). It offers a delicious old-style sherried whisky with a herbal profile and a slightly bitter finish. But some drops of water do miraculous things and push the bitterness away.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a bold old-style sherry profile with a herbal spike (so the cask was made out of European oak). The fat Dailuaine malt manages to hold its head up high despite the impressive sherry aromas and contributes fine barley sugars and floral notes to the mix. The wood is strong but does not dominate. Let it breathe for some minutes, this dram demands some patience until it enfolds its full beauty.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is a fine combo of sweet barley sugary and sour winey flavours in a balanced setting. All the delicious sherry notes are in there (oranges, plums, raisins, nuts and more) and together with the sugars they create a tasty dark chocolate impression. The woods are stronger here and turn it increasingly bitter in later layers, so the first ones are the best.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and not really coating with a bitter-drying touch (heavy tannins at work). The finish is long and now the bitter wooden notes take control of my taste buds, unfortunately this happens quite often with such long matured heavily sherried drams. But at least they add some spices too which soothe the pain. Water releases leathery and earthy aromas in the nose and turns the taste more approachable because it contains the bitterness somewhat. But be cautious not to add too much of it because the dram flattens quickly, I like it best at around 50% abv.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Slightly bitter but a pleasant tangy fruity sherry on show here.
    Nice spice angle too just a little hot on the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quite eligible, a personal kind of sherry-maturation. A sure bet for coffee-freaks.
    • Nose
      Coffee with some coffee and coffee. Dried prunes and figs, raisins, arrack-liquer and some ashy smokiness. Rather pleasant.
    • Taste
      Dryish, the arrack-liquer is strong, chocolade, dried figs and fresh tropical fruity notes of passion and mango. Nice.
    • Finish
      Middle-long, honeyed.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 189 bottles from cask no. 4318
    Another rare Spanish oak refill hogshead, with a rich amber colour. The nose explodes with lovage, curry, walnuts a hint of vanilla, basil, tinned tomatoes, pineapple, Black Cavendish pipe tobacco, cherry brandy, and marzipan. Robust to taste, with the Dailuaine characteristic meatiness, then sweetness, and a few lurking peanuts. After water is added, nutty chocolate, a little coal smoke; sweetness increases when tasted, old canvas tents spring up in the background, great texture. Drinks very well either straight or with dash of water. Smooth and oily, a cracker!

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Independent Dailuaines tend to have a very generic (but good) profile, but this is quite an exceptional one.
    • Nose
      Cranberry, raspberry jam, almond, leather, oak, herbal candy, mint, hazelnut, orange and honey. A slightly pungent whiff like sweat. With water: fresher with more citrus, peach and honey.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, leather, herbal candy, eucalyptus, mocha, dark chocolate,
      orange, pepper and a little beeswax. With water more of that beeswax and
      a little mint.
    • Finish
      Mocha, blueberry, dark chocolate, peach, pepper and herbs.

  7. alectron scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Transferring previous Note (2011.12.11) content into a Tasting Note
    • Nose
      thick sherry &
      wood with a mineral touch, unlit cigar tobacco, leather, dark
      chocolate/couverture, licorice, herbal cough drops & orange drops
      (Ricola & Nimm2), cinamon plums in red wine, (90)
    • Taste
      thick fruity and slightly dry sherry, then immediately lots of leather, a few dried plums, and a bit of smoke (90)
    • Finish
      then tobacco, and the milky characteristics I love about the F&F
      releases so much are here now as well. silky, mouth coating, but not
      really oily, more milk-fat-y, caramel milk shake now, more raw tobacco, a
      drip of motoroil, berry-crumble cake, (93)

  8. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: leather, sharpen a pencil, creamy, peach, apples, oily and iodine
    T: cinnamon, iron, bitter cookies, nuts and wood
    F: walnuts, caramel and wood
    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
    tasted with Aby


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