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Overall rating
92.12/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Original Collection
Vintage
1966
Bottled
1994
Stated Age
27 years old
Strength
45.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2009 12:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1089.50

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Whisky Reviews for Dailuaine 1966 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.12 points

  1. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Again, not easy to note for me, there is a bit too much wood on the finish, but it is noble, elegant, never bitchy. A very classy malt.
    • Nose
      Sherry in full swing, but not the greasy and sticky kind, we are on something drier, but also nicely tangy, full of blood orange juice, tangerine. Old wood too, which would have been freshly waxed. Maybe a hint of brandy cherries, some fresh nuts. It's complex, but above all there is a tension here that sends many Glendronachs back to the sandbox.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the wood is more present, on the spices, but despite everything does not crush the acidity which counterbalances it. Dark chocolate, tobacco, plum jam, candied orange peels, then a fresh and minty note that will last until the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, the wood is clearly expressed, the tannins bring a little astringency (too bad), but the minty freshness is still there, just like the nuts.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 x 13 + Authentic/Original 1964-1966 x 3
    16 in total

    Apologies this post is a bit long

    Tasting order as follows :-

    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% WB 14358
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% WB 16642
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% WB 20094
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 yr 46% mini same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market WB 120312
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% WB 31933
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% WB 12577
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof WB 15173
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof WB 27093
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% WB 66289
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof WB 98570
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% WB 30837
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% WB 29551
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof WB 19956
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection WB 7303
    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling WB 26610
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection
    WB 15014

    This was a mammoth tasting on so many levels 13 Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 and then an Original Collection and two Authentic Collection 1964/66/66 respectively so 16 in total. The Glen Albyn & Dufftown were last as they were cask strength but the others were all labelled 45.7%/46%/80 proof.
    This tasting took a long time to do, with plenty of water between , breaks and some food.

    Our of the 16 there was only one that was found wanting and that was the St Magdalene, with the first place honours a shoot-out between the Convaalmore 21 year, Jura 66 dumpy and the 1964 Glen Albyn tall bottle.
    The 1st place shoot out was carried out the next day (today) and the winner was the Glen Albyn by a nose, I know it was higher strength but is also had more depth of profile and a lovely orange marmalade note, almost a 93 point average

    I have had Cadenhead dumpy before, full bottles and samples but what is clear from this tasting is that the type of liquid in these bottles is not made anymore, they are the proverbial `Old School` bottles, slightly austere at times but sharper and crisper on the palate than today’s manufactured drams with massive sherry.
    I would only describe the Glen Albyn, Dufftown &Glenrothes as an obviously sherried whisky, I believe they all will be but in a blind tasting you certainly would not.

    What I found fascinating was that many of them had very similar notes on the nose and the palate, a grassy/cereal note was a common thread and also grapefruit on the palate or so it seemed. I wondered if this could be down to the type of barley used and coal fired stills who knows but actually when you think about it in the 1950’s & 1960’s nearly all of this whisky would have gone into blends, and nearly all these whiskies are from the Speyside area.
    There were so many similarities on show it was a real eye opener, another was a slight menthol note in a few of them.

    It is really hard to put these in order as I said, there were many similarities so the scores were similarly very close.

    Here is my attempt at putting these 16 whiskies in some sort of pecking order
    Here is the result with average total points score and them marks for nose/palate/finish
    1st-16th place

    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling 92+p
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 year 46% (miniature) same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market 92p
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% 92p
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection 92
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection 92p 91/92/92
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof 92p
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% 91p
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% 91p
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof 90p
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof 90p
    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% 89p
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof 89p
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% 89p
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% 89p
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% 87p
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% 86p

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Excellent whisky from an underrated distillery
    • Nose
      91 91
      The nose smells of Turkish delight, walnut, and burnt fruit cake,
      Definitely on the nutty side this one.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet rich fruitcake at first with a peaty edge, a few bubble gum notes and then rich blackberry and damson jam.
      The sherry on display here is top notch, the balance is quite something and as you go on there is some lovely Christmas spices on show.
      Great balance.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, lingering & lip smacking

  4. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great complex sherried antique Dailuaine.
    • Nose
      Matured oak, sherry, waxy fruits, antique leather, orange peel, honey and mint.
    • Taste
      Tannic oak, coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, pepper and prune.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, oaky, fruity.

  5. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Quite interesting!
    • Nose
      A very pleasant nose ... very rich; waxed wood, encaustic for the nobility. Then caramel, praline, cherry, raspberry for fruity-sweet delicacy. Then coffee, nuts, and balsamic vinegar give a tangy and comfortable note. A little dry leaf and it feels like on terrace, in early summer, on the edge of the forest, a steaming coffee of good origin on the wooden table aged over the years.
      An entry in very interesting and noble. Wide. Bewitching, even.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, well, we return clearly to coffee. Burnt caramel or dark chocolate. It's noble, but noticeably less sweet and comfortable than the nose. The texture is enveloping and well carpets the mouth. A little pepper.
    • Finish
      We stay on the coffee. Dark chocolate. Burnt caramel. And a little waxed wood.

  6. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The nose is very welcoming! Precious wood, caramel, praline, coffee, black mushrooms, wax. Very nice sherry nose. More nougatine, a touch of balsamic vinegar and raspberry. The mouth is well marked by coffee, nougatine, dark chocolate. He is very greedy but poutant not really sweet. Long enough finish always on coffee and dark chocolate. Excellent dram, the nose is really exciting with very nice notes of precious wood. Thank you Jean-Michel!

  7. tomy63 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A superb sherry, and again proof that we can find wonders in distilleries not enough famous. Thank you Jean-Michel and Cyril.
    • Nose
      very marked by sherry, of incredible complexity, slightly woody (noble wood) with an old side furniture, leather, notes of undergrowth (leaves, earth), some menthol notes, nuts, heaps of fruit dry, balsamic vinegar ...
    • Taste
      becomes more spicy now (pepper, clove), always nuts and wood, cooked fruits (plums, oranges). No sugar, very pleasant texture, a little thick and never drying.
    • Finish
      very long, growing on wood, nuts, spices

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