This is mixed with Ex-Madeira, Ex-Moscatel and Port casks, total 2015 bottled in yield to memorize the half century independent anniversary of Singapore, the number suggests a total of 3 casks being used. I presume these so-called 'ex-blabla' casks are only Finishing casks, according to what Dalmore has been doing all the time.
Nose: Moldy tobacco and basalmic vinegar, violet, sun-dried tomatoes, orange, cherry, dried apricot, peking dried fruit, chocolate, old book. This smells like Sherry Casks from 70s.
Palate: violet, orange, grape-y and wine-y, ciriously papaya, tomato soup, basalmic vinegar, caramel, chocolate, tobacco, cloves and LARD, very special and classic one. The most cognac-like single malt so far.
Body: Extremely thick and cognac-like, no single tannic note, maybe a little bit too wine-y that the cake-y part almost disappeared.
Finish: long with cloves, grape skin, dill & dried fruits.
A little broad and too classic for an $200 single malt to my taste. Feels like what Quintessence should've been. Richard Paterson really knows how to nail a cognac, not sure he's good at whisky though.