Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
John Haig & Co. Ltd. (JH&C)
Bottling serie
De Luxe Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Old Label, age at neck label
Added on
15 Jun 2014 4:51 pm by Norbs

Average value

€ 114.28

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48 × member ratings

158 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dimple 12-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.80 points

  1. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    No, that was not the egg now. But he has at least character through the Heunote, which one must, however, like.
    • Nose
      Hui, he gets down to business. Malt, caramel and then a strong association of putrid hay. In the course change strong caramel and the hay off again and again, but rather does not come.
    • Taste
      a touch of shoe polish, then again this mixture of hay and caramel sweets. Black tea.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather short than medium. Overall, the taste fits surprisingly well to the nose.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tip: Phew .... Sherry finish, about 10 years, possibly a blend, goes in the direction of Talisker, alcohol content 40- 43%, maybe a Highlander rather an island whiskey.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Discreet sherry aromas rise from the glass, a spicy note flashes and disappears the next moment again. Orange peel and peaches are added, and above the fruity note is a hint of smoke. The oranges become more intense, plums and slightly sour berries and grapes remain discreetly in the background. The alcohol is harmoniously incorporated while sticky and oily drops stick to the glass wall after panning.
    • Taste
      Acidic fruit note and spicy oak dominate the first Schuck. Light furniture polish and sweet honey light up briefly before spreading a load of black pepper in the mouth. Sharpness and chilli exude a chubby warm mouthfeel, dull fruit notes remain in the background. Licorice and harsh wood tones, then dominates an indefinable spice mix the moment. The pepper and the sharpness return, old walnuts and dry logs rise from sharpness.
    • Finish
      The peppery pungency of the taste still predominates and lets the departure with harsh and discreetly bitter wood elements start. Slowly, the spiciness fades, spicy wood and a hint of dried fruit return. Herb and subtly bitter, the finish gradually fades away, a touch of wall unit and furniture polish will long be remembered.

  3. CST1986 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    To get to the pleasant and exciting experience I had with this, you need to give this whisky a bit of time in the open bottle (2-3 months) and also a few minutes in the glass (15-20 mins). Then you have an old-fashioned complex and rich dram like you only get with very few distilleries nowadays (e.g. Mortlach, Benromach). But unlike these Single Malts you can get old Dimples (or Pinch) for very low prices if you look out for bargains at online auctions.
    • Nose
      Please note that this tasting note is for a 1970s 12-year-old Dimple, so probably distilled in the early to mid 60s. My version is a German import with 40% Vol.

      Rich, old casks are shining through this composition. Leafy, earthy and slightly metallic (copper?), dried fruits, bitter oranges, beef stock and smoke. What a deep and complex nose, fantastic!
    • Taste
      A little bit thinner than on the nose of course, but the mouthfeel is still magnificent after 40 years in the bottle. You won't get a blend like this in a recent bottling.
      Bittersweet attack, with dark, sweet and sour fruits (blackberry preserves), lots of soot, damp storage room, old polished oak and salt. There's definitely a peaty backbone to this.
      Although it used to be a heavy seller, by today's standards this whisky is far from being everybody's darling. You can definitely taste the old casks, the damp dunnage warehouses and the coal fired stills from yesteryear. It's still well-rounded and sweet, but has got this edge making it interesting and complex that you miss in recent heavily-marketed blends.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly long for its 40%. Sweet, sooty and satisfying.

  4. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      67 67

  5. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    get other blends instead, nothing noteworthy or special and not worth the price

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    89P for a 1950'ties dimple cap with 70 Proof http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/oldies-but-goldies-dimple-aus-den-fuenfzigern-und-canadian-club-von-1945-27214/ Color: Dark straw
    Nose: Honey, creamy vanilla cream, tobacco, cocoa, wet leather, straw / hay, ingeniously integrated rubber honey note and in the background a subtle combination of wood and lemon.
    Taste: Soft creamy start, a little spicy-salty, caramel / toffee, honey, butter, cream and white pepper are added - surprisingly, cocoa flavors in the transition to the finish.
    Finish: Relatively short, but very spicy with more and more cocoa flavors.
    Comment: An absolutely great "Old Blend" that is fun all around!
    89 points (nose: 89 / taste: 90 / finish: 89)

  7. Billidge scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Very sound whisky. Probably one of the better "Every mans" Dram around. That's not to say its the finest Whisky on the market by any means because its not but where it does excel is its ability to exhibit qualities from each of the major regions and blended in a way that works. Very pleasant, very approachable and suitable for nightly dram when you are looking for more than perhaps Chivas or Johnnie Walker.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80


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