Real fudgy toffee and deep sherried notes. Chocolate cake, liquid fudge and Devon cream toffee make for a welcoming start. Sherry notes of sultanas and figs are joined by an earthy biscuitiness – rather like oat cakes and brown malty bread. There’s some floral here in the background – palma violet-esque. After a few minutes of resting, the nose reveals fresh coffee beans.
Sweet and very richly sherried. As with many Dalmore bottlings at 40%, the mouthfeel is a touch thin, but in this case, not overly detracting. Starting with coffee and walnut cake we swiftly move on into rum-soaked raisins, treacle and icing sugar. Chocolate cake, blackberry preserve and molasses keep us firmly at the richer and sweeter end of the spectrum (perhaps a bit too much). Nuts and cloves bring additional interest and are joined by an interesting herbal/floral flavour which rather reminds me of cough syrup.
Medium, with well-judged astringency and some tart fruits and berries.