Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: The Dalmore Distillery
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 03/07/2019
Barrel type: American White Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks
Age: 12 years old
Color: dark brown
Body: slightly below average density
Nose: One of the strengths of this whisky is its aromatic profile. It is rich and has an interesting development over time. When you open a bottle of whisky, it gives out only the aromas of vanilla, coconut, citrus zest typical of bourbon aging, and especially a lot of varnish. Then, after standing a little in the glass, the features of such a spicy tannin wood, which is more typical for cognac, appear. Finally, having calmed down and "breathed" to a sufficient degree, the drink gives us all the richness of the aromas of aging in Oloroso barrels: plum jam, dried cherries, red apples, milk chocolate, raisins, dried apples, burnt sugar, baked chestnuts, shortbread , potato cake, fudge, nut cocktail with roasted salted peanuts, almonds and pistachios, as well as cinnamon and ginger.
Taste: It is not liquid and superficial, despite 40% and cold filtration, but it is kind of unidirectional, acts in one dimension, concentrating on dark fruits and spices. Here, first of all, sweet citrus fruits (tangerines, oranges), plum jam and red apples with bitterness of their stones are opened, then raisins, apricots, marzipan, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and something in between dark chocolate and medium coffee roasting.
Finish: medium, dryish. Roasted chestnuts, apple pits, dark chocolate and coffee.
Summary: a very good example of junior double-aged regulars, where you can feel that very good, high-quality barrels are used (sherry aging still "pulls the coat on itself"). The aromatics are rich, but the flavor profile is not as wide, more like fortified dessert wines and cognac. Whisky, in my opinion, is more suitable for the cold season, sweet tangerines and oranges evoke memories of the New Year. The only thing that is frustrating is the commercial strength and cold filtration (without them, I think, it would have been a bomb in general and could have killed many colleagues in the shop), as well as the regular price (well, this is a question for the Simple importer, they are still greedy) . For 5-6 thousand rubles, it’s not worth your attention, for 3 thousand or less, I recommend it for purchase.