Dailuaine 1980

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Release 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

€ 531,21

27 × in wishlist

98 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dailuaine 1980

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.39 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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]

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. asmazda scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of a dram.  The nose is old sweetness while the palette is very feisty.  Was way more savory than I was expecting... if you're in the mood then it's good.
    • Nose
      Honey and flowers, yellow plums, and then wax and citrus.  Burns the nose, which I found a little surprising considering.
    • Taste
      Peppery and hot initially.  The only fruit I'm getting is lime.  The waxes from the nose are quite evident, and then eucalyptus drops.  
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, spicy, leather.

  6. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fruity oak, rather simple and lack complexity for its age
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. KemmieL scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasted by Ruben at whiskynotes.be 26 jan 2016
    Nose: reminded me of some 1972 Caperdonich, in a slightly less warm way. It shares the combination of fruity notes (apricots, yellow plums), waxy notes, honey and polished oak. A little vanilla and almond cream. This one has a more feisty and meaty profile though, with a little smoke, zesty citrus and ginger. Eucalyptus too. Mouth: very rich and creamy, with a slightly tropical fruitiness. Papaya, tangerine. Also plums and a little vanilla cake. Honey. Then some marmalade, light tobacco and chocolate. Pepper and ginger again, as well as some mentholated notes. Finish: long, quite a bit drier and more leathery, with Seville orange and charred oak.Great whisky. It has some excellent fruity and waxy notes, but in a bulkier, feistier way. An interesting result. Around € 500, a good choice among the more expensive bottles this year.

    Score: 91/100

  8. cavalier66 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This one seems to be the first to be going out of stock from the 2015 Special Releases

  9. 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.



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