Whiskyfun: Dalmore ‘Valour’ (40%, OB, Fortuna Meritas Collection, +/-2016)
We’ve tried a ‘Valour’ back in early 2013, not too sure it was the
same. This one was finished in American oak, oloroso, and Port. Not
successively, I imagine. Colour: deep gold. Nose: a much lighter, and
rougher version of the 15. Styles aren’t dissimilar, but this feels like
having lumpfish eggs after caviar. Cardboard, English chocolate, and
bitter caramel. Mouth: this is better, a little more vibrant and rather
citrusy – those Dalmore-y oranges again – with a jammy background.
Guignolet, sweet bread, green tea… Then bitter chocolate and prunes.
This one is for your breakfast. Finish: medium, rather dry, and rather
better. Pleasant malty aftertaste, with a Christmassy side. Comments:
the 15 nearly killed it on the nose, but it was a tie on the palate. SGP:351 - 79 points.