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Dalmore 1990 CA

Overall rating
89.14/100
votes
83
Whiskybase ID
WB70403
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Rum Cask
Vintage
1990
Bottled
07.2015
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Rum Cask since 02.2006
Number of bottles
468
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 Jul 2015 8:41 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.23

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Whisky Reviews for Dalmore 1990 CA

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.14 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2021] Dalmore is a malt which usually can stand heavy cask impact as many old dark-sherry releases prove so I wonder if it can stand a heavy rum cask as well (which is even more demanding and powerful than a wine cask)...

    ...and it does! This is a very impressive and quaffable malt-rum combo and because I love both excellent (single cask) rum and top-quality malt whisky this is a home-run on my taste buds. A great experiment by Cadenhead and please - do more of such stuff!
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a powerful profile of both rum and malt aromas and it is hard to decide which one is stronger. I go for a draw which means balanced impressions and the wood fits well into this picture. This is really something worth to explore in more depths, so let it breathe and open up fully at least ten minutes before you enter unchartered territory (to most whisky connoisseurs because such heavy rum cask double maturations are very hard to find). I detect such strange aromas like tar, shoe polish or eucalyptus which are very unusual for a Dalmore. This is a very complex nose I could sniff for hours and still encounter new impressions.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is nicely layered on a back-and-forth of malt and rum flavours just like ballet dancers of a Broadway show. The wood provides the right background rhythms to this interesting dance of flavours on my taste buds, wow - this is both interesting and dangerously quaffable. Dozens of different impressions pop up and leave only to come back in a later wave and it is hard to identify which one is of malt or rum origin. But to be honest, I do not care and I am too lazy to name them here - just find out by yourself. If you like both excellent rum and good malt this is a must try, no doubt about it. But if you do not like the extreme flavours of high-ester rum shy away from this dram, as it will ruin your taste buds for the rest of the evening.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating but to be honest, I expected more oiliness of the texture. It is not bad, but given the excellent nose and taste the mouthfeel is a little thin (I would call this an average mouthfeel these days). The finish is long and the rum flavours dominate now which was expected as every high-ester rum owns an incredible long finish no malt can match. Water releases even more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate and the profile changes interestingly with any further reduction. This dram swims like Mark Spitz in all waters and I like to explore it neat first and then try as many different reduction levels as possible. The highest quaffability is around 45% abv (to me) because it offers additional dark chocolatey flavours at this level (I adore dark chocolate).

  2. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very good :)
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. theograph scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great single malt! As expressive as it is expressive, but with an unexpected touch: Herbs are in the foreground, fighting against rumor; Not sugary or sweet as in some Rumfass matured malts. Great!
    • Nose
      Something green, grassy, ​​honey-melon, brown sugar (rather tart than picky), rose-water, something soap-like, an interesting spicy note - Kardomon, earthy and late, but nevertheless a sweet, thick rumor-sweetness comes along;
    • Taste
      Herbs stick to the palate, but full, it almost seems medically-herb-laden (herb garden in the blazing sun), oak and acid from the barrel, grass, juniper and bay leaf, bitter orange, the alcohol is beautifully integrated;
    • Finish
      At first spicy - herbaceous and strong, but soon becomes pleasantly soft and with a pleasant oak note;

  4. kiltarlitypride scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful rumin flood!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If you like rich whisky this could be ideal for you, not what I would usually go for but I liked it.

    Reminded me of an old first fill sherry cask Glendronach.
    • Nose
      Chocolate orange, chocolate lime sweets, fudge, caramel, obvious rich sherry.
    • Taste
      Full on the palate, very rich and treacly but there is also some bitterness but I would expect that. The rum is there but it is in the background.

      Gets a little buttery after a while and the bitterness is replaced by a balsamic glaze sweetness
    • Finish
      Long and warming, with restrained power.

  8. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Quite strange, heavy drink, but surprisingly pleasant Dalmore!
    • Nose
      Powerful effects of rum, spicy, bitter oak, cinnamon, eucalyptus and orange in sweet creamy gown,
      next to fresh leather clothes and cooking oil ... delicious!
    • Taste
      Oily and sweet, a lot of rum effects, orange, licorice, mint candies and motor oil!?! Wow!
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet liqueur, orange, rum

  9. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    n: rummy indeed and very pleasantly so. oranges and motoroil (lovely
        combination) garages. good spiciness on allspice and cinnamon.
        just a little oaky bitterness that works well. and serge is right, there´s
        a good load of shoe polish in there. some may find this a weird combination.
        I love it.
    t:  great!!! oily mouthfeel with a strong attack. it is sugary but not sweet, it´s
        this sticky, deep brown sugar I often was served when drinking tea in ireland
        ( is this demerara sugar?) this garagy notes we had on the nose, the shoepolish
        and the oranges shining through. also some cough syrup or these candies
        called rachengold (german product). liquorice.
    f:  long and even longer, liquorice and motoroil.
    comments: as I said, surely not everybody´s cup of tea, but I could cry I
                       only had the third of a bottle.
    90/100

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