Dailuaine 1980

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Stated Age
34 years old
Refill American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Limited Release
Added on
21 Oct 2015 8:58 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 592.65

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Whisky Reviews for Dailuaine 1980

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Nose, mouth and finish are harmonious and perfect with ease 94 out of 100 points Yes, I'm Heaven Thank you!
    Whisky without fast food treats
    • Nose
      a trace of smoke
      a ripe cornfield
      viscous sweet honey
      very ripe short-legged apple meat
      oily velvety, almost smoky sweetness, caramel
      his notes are very intense and dense
      Whisky matured on wood - a clear camphor note
      that's an honest statement - this whisky the nose is playing
      very good
      Again and again this beautiful sunny warm cornfield around which everything turns
      Honey and vanilla
      yellow plum
      old wood in honey coat :)
    • Taste
      very nice start
      sweet kisses sour
      Tingling on your tongue
      still soft and flattering
      sweet shower
      Praline chocolate
      from the throat a gentle idea of ​​smoke
      old soft wood caresses your palate
      that's what whisky must be, so of course
    • Finish
      long and flattering
      he tells you
      do it again

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Good stuff. Currently double the cost of what I would pay for. So, just a sample for now, and will save a sample for later when I'm an old, old man.
    • Nose
      Immediately reminds me of one of those 1973 hidden Speysides (fino cask Glenfarclas). Layers of fruits such as pineapple, Korean pears, and some sweet, herbal liqueur. Honeycomb.
    • Taste
      Rather intense initially, but good balance afterwards. Love it. Vanilla frosting, coconut shavings, Fuji apples and Korean pears. Honey lemon tea.
    • Finish
      Faultless dram. I hope Diageo pays their employees well because some of them are damn talented.

      On another note, should I buy DEO stock now? God knows, everyone I know is drinking up a storm during this pandemic. Liquor store owners business up 40%. Probably be a 15% gain in the stock in the next 12 mos. It's a pretty safe longer-term play, and it pays some dividend. It's currently at 135.59. Let's revisit on June 25, 2021.

  3. BXpress scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


    You gotta try this and i need to check out more freaking Dailuaines. Almost a minor legend. The slightly unexceptional nose and that tiniest hint of heat drag it down to a shameful 92.
    • Nose
      Barley field, lots of citrus, hint of wax. It's very fresh in a way and just slightly sharp. Mirabelles, yellow plums. Hint of dry meat. Dry grass. Quite a theme with this one. Solid nose but not exceptional.
    • Taste
      Very dusty and waxy arrival with a meaty undertone. Much like lamb actually. Interesting note. Big spicy attack in mid palate, probably the oak but nothing offensive. Slightly leathery and some damp/musty/mouldy stuff going on in the background. This whisky is intense without ever being over the top about it, plus this is quite an interesting take on unsexiness. There is absolutely nothing sweet about the palate(which i love right now). Turns a tiny bit hot towards the end but it can be ignored.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Dry, spicy. The after taste lingers for quite a while with a thick vanilla/citrus note.

  4. Georges scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Part of Diageo's Special Releases 2015 (matured in refill American oak casks).
    • Nose
      93 93
      Light, delicate, sweet malt, marzipan, toffee, grainy, cereals, some smoke, sugary, citrus, chocolate, eucalyptus, fruity (papaya, apricots, plums), vanilla
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, fresh, tropical fruits (passion fruit, mangos, kiwis, tangerines), leathery, meaty, oaky, spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger), citrus, lemon zest
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fresh, grainy, tobacco, ashy, oaky, oranges

  5. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle No. 902 is empty

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    'Too good for a bear'
    N: Wow, smell that honey  pot, raw, unadulterated runny honey, a touch heathery, heather smoke, gentile barley, soft malt, soft oak. Natural whisky perfection?
    T: From grain to mash and then to bourbon oak, theres an exquisite balance and immaculate delivery. Honey Lockett's and barley-oak-infused-lemon carry smiles to the lips.
    F: Some paper mache, a touch of clay and hessian sack are detected before yet another release of honey. Stretches out infinitely
    C: it's like a David Stewart style whisky, no fuss, no fireworks, only beauty. This was up against some serious hitters [most of Diageo’s 2015 releases], and for me it was the finest of the night. The only fault was into the finish but it concluded as splendidly as it began.

    Score an A [92]

  7. cavalier66 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    9.1/10 from Dave BroomNOSE: Immediate marzipan, some nose prickle and the richness of distillery character with just a hint of smoke. Then come ripe, fat fruits, cooked red plums and a meaty undertow that slowly gives way to a sweet, complex mix of dried citrus peels, angelica flower, hot chocolate.

    PALATE: Ripe and rich, with that chocolate note continuing. Shows great balance and maturity. Long, with some tropical fruits, mixed with almond. It slowly builds and becomes more weighty with that meatiness underpinning.

    FINISH: Long and fruity.

    CONCLUSION: My personal favourite of this year’s releases and, given the market, this is also a fair price. Well worth a look.

    RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: A lamb tagine in Marrakesh.


  8. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose- honey, white fruit, pleasant grassiness, a slight hint of vanilla. It smells wonderful. The taste is oily, delicate oak, vanilla, waxiness, dried herbs. Finish is ongoing dry oak, lemon peel, some honey, vanilla and dust.

  9. vk666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Last dram in the bottle, a bit weak. Believe it was better when the fill level was higher
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. -sAxo- scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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