- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Matusalem Oloroso Sherry Butts
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 1000 ml
- Bottle code
- L5162 15/01778
- Bottled for
- Travel Retail Exclusive
- Added on
- 22 Feb 2016 6:36 pm by Schorsch
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Whisky Reviews for Dalmore Valour
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.77 points
- A decent single malt, NAS, in the liter bottle for the Travel Retail!
fruity (plums, ripe citrus), heavy port, seasoning, oak;
fruity on arrival (ripe berries, full orange), malty, spicy, dark chocolate;
medium-length finish, fruit and oak sounding;
- The nose is virtually non existant the palate is quite thin but it is a manufacturer taste
I swear you can taste the additives
Not very good
- Dalmore Valour has a pleasant enough nose, but the palate is neither as well-defined, nor as cohesive. Whilst largely inoffensive and with some warming sweet notes and spice, the body is fairly wishy-washy and the bitterness and astringency override many of the more subtle flavours.
Sweet berries with a highly discernible port wine influence. To begin with we welcome blackberries and blackcurrants, both dried and lightly stewed. Then comes the port influence – slightly leathery, and with almond nuttiness. The nuttiness merges with the inherent sweetness provided by the oloroso sherry to form a sugary marzipan. There’s light complexity here from tobacco and mild mustiness/earthiness. Alongside a hint of rubber (sherry cask?) and a backdrop of toffee and fudge.
Ack – incredibly thin and watery and offering too little body and initial attack. Bitter oak tannins offer a rather jarring experience, though the situation is however improved with heathery honey and liquorice. Fruit influence is certainly pleasant, but a lot less well defined than on the nose. Toffee and fudge still remain and are tempered by some light white pepper and a hint of minerality – akin to chalk.
Medium in length with some astringency and white pepper.
- Valour means ‘great courage’. You certainly need this to spend 65 EUR for this. The nicest thing about this whisky is the color, but then you’ve said it all. A bit boring. Nevertheless, thanks for the sample, Andy.
The nose is creamy and sweet. Loads of butterscotch and honey, but also clear hints of the port wine, giving it some extra sweetness. Some mildly rotting oranges… Aside from that, it also wears a dusty jacket with a mildly herbal touch that I cannot quite pinpoint. I have to say, this is okay, but I am far from overwhelmed.
The arrival is soft and a bit oily, but there is certainly no explosion of taste. Rather flat on sweet malt and caramel with a light touch of port. Little influence of the sherry casks, truth be told. Maybe I should take another sip and be patient… (wait for it, wait for it…). Nope, nothing is happening.
Worse, it turns a bit bitter and the oak is dominant in the medium long finish.