WhiskyFun by Serge Valentin:
Dalmore ‘Gran Reserva’ (40%, OB, 2008) This is the former ‘Cigar malt’ – it seems that smoking is less and less PC. 60% sherry and 40% bourbon. Colour: dark gold. Nose: rather less coffeeish and less malty than the 12 and much more on fruit jams, tamarind, tobacco (funny how our mind works), a little camphor, chocolate... getting then earthier, almost mushroomy. Richer and thicker than the twelve, also smokier. Maybe a tad ‘obvious’, or let’s say ‘pushy.’ Mouth: not big but creamy and pleasantly orangey. Good maltiness. Liquorice and tea. Lacks a little more texture. Caramel. Finish: medium long, better than ‘the end of the palate’, more on dark chocolate and malt. Also slightly salty/kirschy, which is ‘funny’ here. Comments: very good whisky but I liked the 12 a little better. The zing from a few extra-degrees – like, three – would be welcome. SGP:431 – 82 points.