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Dalmore 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.02/100
votes
524
Whiskybase ID
WB37519
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American White Oak / Matusalem Sherry Butts
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (2012)
Bottle code
M3080 13/00833
Barcode
5013967005891
Added on
07 Nov 2012 9:12 am

Average value

€ 138.13

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524 × member ratings

1096 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dalmore 18-year-old

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.02 points

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is sherry and oak down very well. Anyone who hates on Dalmore has not tried it before, as this can go toe to toe with Glendronach and Macallan in my humble opinion.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Stewed red fruits, strawberry, cranberry, leather, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      91 91
      Velvety, a perfect amount of oak and spice now join the sherried fruits.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The spice lingers with a surprising amount of heat for this abv. Strawberries and cream

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A big fat disappointment (especially if you factor in the price). Give me the 12 or the 15 over this any day.
    Cardboardy, thin, weak, and woody. Its only saving grace is the finish, when the lovely Dalmore spirit character comes through with a late burst of juicy, sticky-sweet oranges. But alas: too little, too late...

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose has a sweet and fruity profile with delicious hints of stewed strawberry, milk chocolate and apple pie.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is thick and sweet with notes of crispy apple pie, peppery oak, strawberry jam and chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium and fades slowly with nice nuances of baking spices, chocolate and dried fruits.

  4. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I was surprised by 18 years old. It's fresher and more complex than the 15 (which is darker but a bit thin). It showcases a variety of oranges, which combine well with the more nutty and herbal notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresher than expected: citrus fruits and apple, some vanilla and walnuts. Marzipan and dark chocolate and some nutmeg. No sherry-bomb!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full on juicy oranges, reminiscent of Cointreau (triple sec). Some nectarines and figs add to the fruitiness before a dried herbs and more nutty notes appear. Some marzipan again. Very nice!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather full with tangerines and oranges. Some dried herbs again : thyme with some heather honey. It's slightly oily and waxy and a trace of smoke is noticible.

  5. el Gato scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla. Marmelade. Marzipane. Apricots. Raspberry juice. Raisins. With time, even more dried fruits. Figs.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily. Dried fruits- Lemon, banana. Cardamom. Jammy
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long. Tobacco. Dried fruits. Some bitterness and soft spices.

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      A nice fruity nose, sweet and full of berries, chocolates, candies. Gets better with time in the glass. More expressive.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly acidic, fruits, sherry, berries.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Slightly bitter, dry and fruity. Not very long.

  8. Funtik scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  9. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    In the nose leather, wood and in the background some blood orange. In the mouth surprisingly sweet and a bit spicy, not as oily as the 15-year-old and very barrel-heavy. A lot of oak and dark sherry notes with a bit of bitterness on the finish. In comparison, I prefer the 15.

    Grade: 2

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The Dalmore 18, 43%. Very dark orange with a red hue. Aroma is orange red and purple Starburst sweets, slight plastic and sherry, beautiful mixed berries, damp wood, dates. I like it! Taste is super smooth and easy, rounded and juicy. Easy and even a touch lacking in oomf perhaps. The first impression in the mouth lacks punch. Saltiness builds alongside some wood and fruit-spice. It's creamy and easy, with good and balanced flavours. I like Dalmore whiskies a lot and this is no exception although they can lack punch and complexity. You cannot fault the balance and drinkability though, which are first rate. If this were bottled at 48% I reckon it would be pretty special. (3.7/88)

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