Dalmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
American White Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 1000 ml 1000 ml
Added on
22 Oct 2012 7:04 pm

Average value

€ 53.85

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Whisky Reviews for Dalmore 12-year-old

86 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.58 points

  1. theo22 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Yes, that makes (almost) everything wrong blabla, but now seriously, there is already salty sherry steam.
    Compared to a Macallan 12 Sherry Oak, for example, it's an absolute bargain.
    Goes well with Christmas.
    I'll buy another bottle for the price.

  2. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Was not a big fan of Dalmore so far.
    But I like them better from time to time.

    Sweet Sherry, noble, ripe.
    Balanced, round.
    Very well.

  3. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 79 points Super Administrator

    Oh well. With only 40% ABV, heavy chill-filtration and added colorant, the presentation of Dalmore 12 could hardly be any worse. A shiny plastic stag alone does not make a good Single Malt! The nose, which is still the best part of the experience, features marzipan, Christmas spices and raisins with hints of fudge and citrus. Dark fruits, baked apple and zesty oranges dominate the palate, interrupted by tingly spiritiness. Notes of bitter tea, nutty dryness and eucalyptus remain of the short to medium finish. This Highlander could be so much better, if only...

    RATING: 3.0/5.0 stars ≙ 79 pts → AVERAGE
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. NTC scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: definitly the best part of the whisky and still one of the better smells of whiskys ive had so far, fresh red fruits, choclate, marzipan, dried fruits and lovely wood notes along with some sweetness.

    Taste: combination of choclate and red fruits are lovely combination

    Finish: the finish can last pretty long with some nice sweet red fruits.

    Conclussion: i understand the chill filtration and 40% abv can be a downside to this whisky along with the caramel coloring. HOWEVER for me personally still a very nice well balanced taste and smell, wich is ultimatly the most important in a whisky for me, id choose this whisky over a Springbank 25 annytime.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Moses scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Special case. I had already finished writing this note and then deleted it again. The rating was consistently too bad for me. Why? Since this whisky was my first at the time. I liked the design of the bottle so much that I bought it as the very first whisky. I'm not so sure anymore how good or bad it was for me back then, but I don't want to tarnish this great experience on "DIE ERSTE BOTTLE" with a bad tasting now.
    That's why I gave an average of 80 points.
    Now I'm being completely honest: I wouldn't buy this whisky anymore.
    But I should keep it in good memory. A matter of honor!

  6. erwinnlim scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Overall a very decent whisky. However, nowhere near as sherried as the colour (thanks to E150) may suggest. Personally, I find it overpriced for the quality. Value (£40) : 5/10
    • Nose
      Vanilla and caramels with the dark raisin and plum notes. There is also a slight musty note. as well.
    • Taste
      Honied sweetness and dark raisin notes. Balanced off by some bitter tannins and oak spice.
    • Finish
      Short finish, like the palate but less sweet and more spicy.

  7. theo22 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Serge Valentin / Whiskyfun

    "Dalmore 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2018)
    I liked the 12 last year (WF 81). I usually find Dalmore’s distillate sumptuous, it’s just that it’s sometimes buried under tons of… ach, how shall we put this… under some thick stuff, shall we say. Colour: gold. Nose: caramel, chestnut purée, fudge, raisins, a wee touch of eucalyptus, roasted peanuts, gingerbread, nonnettes (that’s a wonderful specialty, it’s some kind of glazed gingerbread filled with honeyed marmalade). Mouth: I’ll tell you what, I really enjoy this, and they may well have further improved the recipe. Honey cake, chocolate, Cointreau, orange jam (not quite marmalade), Ovaltine, cinnamon rolls, brownies… What’s really striking is that it never feels weak or even lightish, despite the low strength. Finish: medium, very chocolaty. Wonderful nutty dryness that, indeed, hints at proper oloroso. Comments: up three points within one year, there! Never underestimate Dalmore, just avoid about their hyper-hyperbolic marketing flannel. It is a great whisky.
    SGP:551 - 84 points."

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  9. tribe scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Was woody and like cherries, a little bit tart
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  10. dimitrios scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior


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