Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
24.02.16 16/87
Added on
07 Apr 2016 3:15 pm by pilgrim77
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 220,00

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79 × member ratings

109 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Dalmore 1990 CA

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] I do not like most of the Dalmore original bottlings because they are (mostly) too much on the winey side and missing the joys of the malt to a large extend - but this IB release seems to be different...

    ...and indeed, it is. Not much sherry influence here and the neat dram is very shy but it opens up greatly upon reduction (this is a three points difference in all dimensions). So if you drink all your drams neat only you will miss the best flavours with this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a rather shy profile first (even out of a big spheric blender's glass) with significant wooden impressions beside grassy-floral notes. This is not impressive at all, maybe some breathing time helps. No, not really - but some water opens up the nose nicely releasing marzipan, blood oranges and more tasty aromas. I had the neat nose at 87 points only but the reduced one is good for 90.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is based on grassy and autumn floral flavours with sweet barley sugars and later some sour-sweet winey notes. The spices are delicious and the wood is absolutely appropriate, I was in fear of much more wood dominance from the nosing impressions. This dram is nicely chewable and it releases more sweeter flavours this way which are very welcomed.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with peppery moments and a nice but minor coating effect. The finish is long and adds notes of citric fruits (lime) before the waxes take over towards the end. There are some minor drying moments towards the end that are not distracting at all. Water turns the taste smoother and more delicious with chocolatey and fruity notes, actually this dram benefits from a reduction in all dimensions greatly.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Well, obviously, given the glowing comments I read, I had to miss something. Perhaps blinded, was I, by etiquette? Too many expectations? Enthusiasm: Nose: 4/5 Mouth and finish: 2/5
    • Nose
      Very long to open. A little fruity, a little malty, its maturity is not displayed. On the contrary, it is rather dynamic, with a nice minty freshness. The fruits unfold as well as a beautiful woody, witness of the age - finally.
    • Taste
      Intense, malty. The promised fruits are not revealed even with water. A little aggressive, even.
    • Finish
      Rather dry, and always a little unbalanced.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A dram in 2 steps, spicy then more on the maderized side, to leave air a time!
    2nd, wood, herbs, citrus !! and a little dust.
    • Nose
      gingerbread, currants, malt and vanilla plus spices!
      2nd: bouquet of various scents after aeration !!
    • Taste
      floral scent, sweet minty, then macerated grapes with frank, strong attack.
      The candied lemon and tangerine are added, in addition to a dry woody return of hazelnuts.
      2nd: spices !! , then strong wood (we feel the inside of the barrel!), citrus fruits on peach and pear a little candied, it's sweet, a little honeyed.
    • Finish
      woody, on the candied fruits, the honeyed side is also apparent.

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It's after enjoying a dram such as this one that we say that Dalmore really misses wonders at the point of unnecessary reduction. A fruity whisky and really very nice as a whole. No false notes, a real success.
    • Nose
      The first volatile notes on lemon and mint. These gradually give way to a wonderfully fruity nose on white fruits, pear, white grapes. After a few moments it becomes even more greedy on apricot pie and orange jam.
    • Taste
      A light attack, alcohol (56.3%) is very well integrated. The mouth is oily, first of all in the continuity of the nose on the white fruits and the orange. In the middle of the mouth the woody appears on spices and oak. Fresh fruits are back at the end. A beautiful complexity.
    • Finish
      A medium-length finish, woody, mineral and salty.

  5. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Color: Full Gold.

    Nose: Subtle but pleasant, eloquent. The oak has not been terribly active, but there's been enough time for it to do some rounding of the spirit. You can tell it's a quality distillate that's mostly been left alone. There's light citrus, tobacco, and some refreshing mint. After it's been in the glass a bit, I start to get some mineral notes, too.

    Mouth: Taken neat, it's not hot, but there's a fullness and strength that immediately hits you. There's a continuation of the mellow oranges from the nose. Besides that, it's pretty close to well-matured malt. The interplay between those two sides of the dram is terrific. I don't get a ton out of adding water at either stage.

    Finish: This is where you start to feel some oak, but it's fine. Wood spice.

    Comments: I think I came into this one ready to give a huge score. I've come away impressed once again (I've owned this bottle and had it open for a little while), but perhaps not at that level. This is very good. There's a nice feeling to having a reasonably-priced, distillate-driven Dalmore from an indie bottler as respected as Cadenhead. Beyond that, I'd just call it quite solid. Not enough for a spectacular mark, though.

  7. erikz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Solid and fruity dram. Lots of tropical fruits and notes of honey, vanilla and spicy cinnamon. Chalky, salty and full bodied. The sherry notes are almost lost in this exoposion of papaya, mango and pineapple.
    The nose lets it down a bit, I dont get much nosing it. Only some briny notes that point to its coastal maturation accompanied with thick honey. No complexity. Because of this it scores 87 for me. With a better nose this could have been 89 or 90.
    Thanks for the sample Kees.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, flowers and mint, then scents of candied fruit. Alcohol gives way to spicy returns!
    melon and orange peel on the menu with a hint of spice!

  9. p4blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It needs time to open up but is still not a straightforward dram. Feels in beetween Littlemill and Springbank, perhaps not the most usual profile for Dalmore.
    • Nose
      Thick layers of honey, yellow fruits with papaya and lemon, wet stones, moss, then again some tropical fruits with mango and passion fruit. Quite complex.
    • Taste
      Lemon juice, apple, pear, some mineral notes of clay and chalk, salt, cheesecake, butter, shortbread, honey. Rich and complex.
    • Finish
      The minerality is quite pronounced, honey and lemon juice are there too. Quite long.

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Without any measure with the official Dalmore, it sends heavy and tasty to all floors. The nose is simply extraordinary, with its orange waves very present. Regarding the type of sherry barrel, the color and taste I would not bet on an Oloroso or a PX. A Fino? A Manzanilla? An Amontillado? God (or Mark Watt) only knows it. 90/100 (not far from the 91).
    • Nose
      Orange honey, apricot and raisin, dried flower. A floral freshness develops quickly, while candied white fruit settles in the background. After aeration, a huge orange wave appears and stays throughout the dram.
    • Taste
      Not aggressive at all, despite the past 56%. Woody orange, handles of exotic and spicy spices pecking the cheeks. Apricot honey, and slight traces of walnut husk.
    • Finish
      Average. The sweet citrus always present. A very slight woody smoke is rising in the nostrils. The spicy spices linger for a moment.


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