Dalmore 15-year-old

Overall rating
82.82/100
votes
641
Whiskybase ID
WB36789
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
American White Oak & 3 Styles of Sherry
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (2012)
Bottle code
L3199 L3/01975
Barcode
5013967005006
Added on
26 oct 2012 3:20 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 93.85

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Whisky reviews for Dalmore 15-year-old

61 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.82 points.

  1. Dutchdram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Some dried fruits in the beginning. Raisins with dates. There is a hint of sherry too, followed by a clear note of sangria and cocktail fruits. Next some orange marmelade. A sweet note of caramel. And there's a little note of blackberries aswell. At the end spicy notes like cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A tiny raisin with orangejam on the background. Praline, caramel and some honey complement each other with dark chocolate after. Very spicy now with notes of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. At the end a clear note of spearmint.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short. With orangejam, chocolate and cinnamon.

  2. springtank scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. lingige scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. ldz794140310 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    It's a very distinctive whisky, but the price is not very reasonable
    • Nose
      84 84
      Preserved fruit, jam, sherry, spices, boiled fruit
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peach flavor, sweet berries
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium finish, black coffee, soda

  5. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    18.02.2022
    • Nose
      Musty, wet, old cellar, moss, leaves, slightly rotten, nuts, leather, tobacco, orange, very light wild berry jam
    • Taste
      Orange, grapefruit, nuts, very light wild berry jam, tobacco, burnt wood

  6. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Romansen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Don Cassi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very spicy on the nose with dark (dry) fruits in the background. Aromas of tobacco and leather are above it.

    Very soft and oily and spicy-sweet in the mouth. In the very strong finish oranges with tobacco and oak. After the sweetness fades, a spicy-bitter wood and leather note remains in the mouth.

    Note 1-

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Dalmore 15, 40%. Really dark colour- not convinced that's natural! Aroma is weird mousy oak, underripe raspberries, fruited cheap chocolate, soft with no spiritous harshness. Taste arrives in stages. To start it's very rounded oaky, old mousy oak, probably too oak dominant for my taste I thought to start. Blind I'd say this is a 40yo whisky. Then some coffeeish notes. Moving to milky coffee and touches of mint. Then chocolatey creamy oak. Silly stale biscuit oak. I mean I'm actually enjoying the silliness of the oak character. It's like drinking the essence of an old whisky cask. Then it builds such a deep chocolatiness that in the end it drinks like chocolate liqueur. This grew on me loads. Always seemed underpowered though and could really benefit from a higher bottling strength. (3.65/87)

  10. SimondeVette scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    The taste and finish remind me of good dark ale. However, it is a bit too fresh or sharp to be great.
    • Nose
      Grain, sharp
    • Taste
      Orange, raisins, cinnamon
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, raisins, smooth

  11. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very nice nose, the taste of the Dalmore 15 is an absolute beginner whisky and it is too expensive for that. There is no reason to dilute whisky down to 40% in this price range and the Dalmore cannot take it at all. Only the beautiful finish makes up for something.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very intense sherry nose. Lots of milk chocolate, rum raisins, cocoa, Turkish honey, caramel, plum jam. A little too round, but very beautiful.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Here it is again, Dalmore's lack of texture. It's like having your mouth watering. The already very soft basic character is diluted beyond recognition. A little vanilla, caramel and oak can be tasted, otherwise very little is possible here. Too bad
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is short but very pleasant with honey, vanilla and very light oak.

  12. og187 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Dominant sweetness, liquid honey, wet wood, walnut, tanning, burnt sugar, heavy, fleshy, yellow flowers (dandelion)
    • Taste
      84 84
      dense, rich, nut, skin,
    • Finish
      85 85
      warm, long, one-sided, nut butter, oak

  13. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Discernibly better than the 12 yo, but integrity presentation w/o coloring, chillfiltration and bottling @46% abv. would really boost this one up.

  14. Othorion scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The nose is still good, but then unfortunately much too thin and weak in the mouth!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  15. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Gous scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. Foudos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  18. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. gaboruso scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  20. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The nose is the best part of this whisky, caramel in the taste and some sulpher in the finish... and some more spicy notes, but for a 15 year old i always would go for a glen scotia or glendronach.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. marmeladow scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    P / 004 803 L8122 - 02/05/18 - uncorked 40 days ago. It takes a lot of time and air, not only in the Glencairn glass, but also in the bottle to present itself in all its diversity.
    At the beginning it was very closed with a very dominant oak and spice. But then comes almost perfectly with time and after several tastings - wonderful marriage of the different sherry casks with bourbon refill casks.

    Oranges and mandarins, cinnamon and nutmeg, nuts, sweetness and delicate bitterness, oak with a slightly peppery flavor. Complex and iridescent - so much of what makes a very good Highland Single Malt.

    But: overpriced for me

  22. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Not bad
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried fruits, nutty
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nutty, woody, dried figs
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm

  23. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      wine, sherry, nuts, marzipan, grapes, raisins, plums, chocolate, bonfire, vanilla, hay, leather, dessert wine, fruit cake, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, oak, caramel, citrus
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Martin1965 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, spices, orange marmalade behind vanilla
    • Taste
      Sherry and Christmas spices, nutmeg
    • Finish
      Long, sweet with nutmeg

      Lots of sherry but no sherry bomb. Could have a few percent more, still great malt

  25. LeChiffre scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    In the nose quite interesting. In the taste but ultimately a bit too shallow and not very exciting. A little more alcohol would do him good. Overall good drinkable but for the money there are simply better alternatives.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry; fruity and sweet; Dried fruit; Citrus with lots of orange; Vanilla; Cinnamon; spicy
    • Taste
      81 81
      sweet and spicy; Orange; some ginger sharpness; slight oak notes; altogether quite flat / weak in the mouth
    • Finish
      82 82
      Finish a bit more intense; little sweet; quite spicy and clear oak flavors come through

  26. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry very dry, nuts, orange, hazelnut.
    • Taste
      Sherry very dry, nuts, orange, hazelnut.
    • Finish
      Quite short

  27. mandragoru scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: dark amber
    Nose: grass, oak, raisin, chocolate, wood notes.
    Mouth: sweet, chocolate, raisin, oak and dried fruits.
    Finish: middle, spices, dried fruits, oak, vanilla and chocolate.
    This is a good, sweet and oaky whisky.

  29. whiskyd scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      70 70

  30. redsnapper scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    In my view too expensive. Dyed, cool-filtered, 40% ... there are better ones in this price range.
    • Nose
      85 85
      clear sherry, dried fruit, light nut, vanilla
    • Taste
      81 81
      sweet, caramel, again sherry. Could be more intense. Does not stop what the nose promises. Little spice
    • Finish
      81 81
      pretty short. Could tolerate more alcohol.

  31. LordIslay scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

  32. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Dried fruits, cake, spices, old leather, furniture polish, vanilla, cream, dry hay, dust notes on nose.

    Dried fruits, cream, vanilla, spices, oak, chocolate, furniture polish, herbs, dry hay notes on palate.

    Spices, dried fruits, oak cask, herbs and dry hay notes on long finish.

  33. Kensay scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    on the nose is interesting and rich, not sharp, sweet

    soft and slightly prickly, slightly sweet, sherry and fruity, the aftertaste is not very long

  34. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  35. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, characteristic scents on sweet caramel, chocolate, on caramelized orange fruits, on "sherry", on old dusty oak, vinified back.
    • Nose
      creamy, caramelized, on chocolate, candied oranges, rather strong wood, remarkable scents given the low alcoholic deg.
      back very woody, candied.

  36. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A guilty pleasure.  Highly engineered but enjoyable sipping whisky, like a blend.
    • Nose
      Vinegar, chocolate, toffee, fruity sherry.
    • Taste
      Honey, musty faint sherry, maple  and brown sugar oatmeal.  Pretty bold for such a watery body.
    • Finish
       Flat and fast.  Cinnamon, cough syrup, soft and sweet.

  37. Erwin 1971Y scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice fruity dram, with alot of woodnotes.

    only downside is the low %avb, which makes it a tad too light in my opinion.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Crazily dark in colour, heading towards black molasses.

    N: Bready sherry that texturally talks of white fluffy bloomers. Other underlying notes run along the lines of muesli, cereal bars, malty oak. The complexities are very subtle, given the bold fundamentals.
    T: Heavily woody, it's a 15 yo going on 21, though the standard 18yo may have something to say about that. Develops on dark chocolate & sweet malt, not much orange.
    F: Decent finish on a dark vanilla chocolate maltiness.
    C: This appears generously overaged. I found an expression i tried back in 2013, more charming and with more [herbal] complexity, though there’s only a point in it. Very decent stuff indeed.Scores a B[-]

  41. peej84 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  42. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  43. eppelheimer scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Nose: tangerines and some nutty spiciness.

    Taste: Complex sherry flavors but without proper onset.

    Finish: The finish is not really long.

    Comment: only bottled at 40% therefore too weak.

  44. Maltbehr64 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: Dalmore 15 yo (40%, OB, +/-2015) I
    found it super-good back in 2015 (WF 85). Colour: gold/amber. Nose:
    typical oranges, malt, butterscotch, warm apple pie, raisins, early
    grey, liquorice… And then there’s a second page, with more cedar wood,
    tobacco, toasted bread, and marmalade. Very traditional, sherried and
    ‘caramelised’, our old uncles will love it. Mouth: it’s not as
    ‘polished’ as I had expected, and rather more cerealy and bready.
    Croissants covered with marmalade and cherry jam. And raisins,
    naturally. Only the weakish strength is a wee problem, and makes it a
    little thin and slightly papery at times. On the other hand, this
    feeling of Mars bar and café latte is very pleasant. Finish: medium and
    appropriately grassier and more chocolaty. The marmalade is back in the
    aftertaste and would come with a touch of salt. Comments: a lovely dram
    for lovely chocolate and malt lovers. Probably full sherry. SGP:441 - 84 points.

  45. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Trademark of classic Dalmore, firm and intense aroma with initial note
    of ripe banana and whiff of leather, silky and gentle. After breathing
    time, beautiful orange marmalade emerge and catch the soft white pepper
    note on top half of the glass.

    Palate:- Set in gracefully on
    the palate, you will not be wow with his presence (either in good or bad
    way). Very tender, soft with present of mature wood and seasoned
    leather. Lightly cream with a touch of jammy orange.

    Finish:- A quiet, well mature dram with depth. Orange zest linger. Lengthy finish.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. dRambo scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      73 73

  47. St. Pauli scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Overall not a convincing dram. It's too weak, possibly coloured, Blind tasting of a sample.
    • Nose
      The coating to the glass is something that makes me think of the Mannochmore Loch Dhu: as if you would have syrup in the glass. Caramel colouring alert?
      Rather weak nose of honeyed malt, dried fruit and soapy coriander. A wee bit of dunnage warehouse and orange.
    • Taste
      Quite thin, watery feel. Dried fruit, orange, pepper, ginger, some bitter oak influence. 
    • Finish
      Maybe the best part. It sticks for quite a while, and doesn't get as bitter as the palate suggests. It's rather malty, honeyed, with some hay, and dates and sultanas.

  48. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  49. Ivynor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Made younger than her age, and remains too dilute. Probably more interesting at 46%.
    82 + / 83-
    • Nose
      lots of wood, spices, including lots of cinnamon, herbaceous notes and orange essence.
      Do not make especially sherry
    • Taste
      Fairly sweet, slightly creamy, with dried fruits, dark chocolate, spices, exotic wood, herbs. Traces of caramel. the whole is unfortunately too diluted.
    • Finish
      Good size for 40%, lots of spices, herbs, some caramel and vanilla.

  50. Achany scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    it would be interesting to have this malt with 46 ABV instead of the 40 ABV it got. nice Sherry whisky with hints of dark fruit, nuts, and good spices from the cask. but I would have expected more complexity from Dalmore and a 15 y old. the finish is rather short.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  51. malthead-sven scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Light and shadow. The sherry intensity I would not have expected so much. You can tell that the whisky was 15 years in good sherry barrels. The finish is also fine, but the taste is unfortunately a disappointment. Overall, out of round. 81/100
    • Nose
      heavy, musty sherry sweetness, Mon Cherie chocolates, dark wine gum, rose water, soapy, leather sofa and very light cinnamon, hints of peach and lychee
    • Taste
      light and soft, watery, thin, lovely, very sweet
    • Finish
      weak at first, then the sherry is clearly noticeable, followed by a very present oak flavor, milk chocolate, then fades quite fast, so it is not quite enough for "medium-long"

  52. Cast Olila scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  53. Daan Tje scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  54. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  55. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  56. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: Sherry, sweet citrus fruits, heather, honey, vanilla, cinnamon
    Taste: intense, malt, sherry, wild honey, citrus fruits, cloves
    Finish: long, sherry, oak, spices

  57. Betsie scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. lincolnimp scored this whisky 56 points Connoisseur

    One of the worst whiskies I have ever tasted, absolutely awful.

    Utter rubbish, Dalmore should hang there heads in shame for selling this crap.
    • Nose
      Weird, it smells artificial and manufactured on big sherry, prunes, black cherry but in truth the nose is not good.

      Smells of cheese and damp wood.
    • Taste
      Sherry and not much else, too thin on the palate for me.
    • Finish
      Who cares when its this bad.

  59. lincolnimp scored this whisky 56 points Connoisseur

    Awful
    • Nose
      58 58
    • Taste
      49 49
    • Finish
      53 53

  60. DannyBacon scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Special scent, sweeter and almost unkenced and plastic. Very beautiful color! Mild and tender taste with a lot of sherry sapma. Full body and a long aftertaste. Could have been a bit harder but definitely a nice dram!
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      83 83

  61. Shane_IL scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This was a nice whisky, but that's it, just nice, not great. Not worth the price it commands, feels like more effort went into the colour and packaging than the actual malt. 

  62. Willie JJ scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Dull and lifeless for the most part. Caramel laden I think.
    • Nose
      Sour orange and gooseberry, toffees and linseed oil. Musty bung cloth.
    • Taste
      Vaguely orangey, but flat as a pancake. 
    • Finish
      Finally comes to life here with light warmth and sugary bitterness. Disappointingly fades to bitterness at the end.

  63. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Expected more from this one. The nose is beautiful, the taste is good, especially without water but the finish is too short and rough.

    (Rating interval 82-85)
    • Nose
      Dried apricots, apricot or orange marmelade, Cheerios breakfast cereal, walnuts and sherry spices
    • Taste
      Vanilla, figs, nuts, dried apricots, hints of coffee, oak and white pepper. With water it becomes both sweeter and rougher.
    • Finish
      Quite short with oak and pepper as the dominating features. Rasins and sherry spices are there as well. 

  64. Hans-Ludwig scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

    To talk about color in a dyed whisky is really nonsense. Nevertheless, the impression in the glass is mahogany. The nose knows immediately where the wind is blowing: Sherry! Sweet fruits, vanilla, chocolate and raisins behind. After a while, you get a very tender and dark impression, soy sauce? The finish is sweet and beautiful and leaves the connoisseur with a dream of sherry.
    For the lovers of sherry whiskys a must! The different sherry barrels make the Dalmore elusive but you do not have to. It is a lot of fun to enjoy this whisky, again and again new nuances occur.

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